The Bean Trees

What broader theme does Taylor's advice to Lou Ann reflect?

Chapter 10 : The Bean Trees

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Lou Ann also makes a stride forward in this chapter, as she finally decides to break from her role as a house mother to look for a job outside the house. Kingsolver suggests that the influence of Taylor has given Lou Ann the resolve to break free from her limited role; she takes Taylor's savvy and determination as an example and follows it, thus providing one more example of a positive, symbiotic relationship between the female characters of The Bean Trees.