Throughout the novel, kingsolver shows that poverty is very prominent in the U. S, despite the fact that it is a very rich country. From the beginning of the book the main characters mother is shown having to call the women she cleaned houses for miss. .”.. I stamped my foot and told my own mother not to call me Marietta but Miss Marietta, as I had to call all the people including children in the houses where she worked to Miss this or Mister that.” (p 2) The fact that Taylor’s mother had to clean other peoples homes, including their toilets, tubs, and dishes. It is degrading to her and Taylor that she has to call the people she cleans for Miss or Mister because she doesn’t have as much money as they do.
They treat her like she is in a lower class. Just because she doesn’t have money does not give people the right to treat them like low-class citizens. Everyone would be treated equally, and not judged on the size of their income. in the end, their happy because they have each other. They don’t need money to be happy. Taylor gets satisfaction out of helping her friends.
She moves in with her new found daughter Turtle to live with Lou Ann and her baby. Even though they didn’t have too much money, they managed to share the choirs, and live happily. They made each other happy and didn’t need money to fill their lives with joy. Things were fine the way they were. She Also helps Estevan and Esperanza move out of Tucson to a safer location where they can live safely and not worry about being sent back to Guatemala, where living conditions are very poor.
The environment has become a main concern of people over the course of the twentieth century. Problems such as global warming, holes in the ozone layer due to pollution and lack of space to stow waste have caused people to become more aware of the environment around them. In Crisis in American Institutions, Skol nick and Currie address and elaborate upon these issues, taking them to a new level ...
Even when Taylor was just a kid in school, she was happy with her small group of friends that didn’t have as much money as the more wealthy students. Even without very much money, Taylor still managed to keep happy. Taylor as a child was also alienate because she was less fortunate. While in school she was called a ‘greaser’, or ‘nutter’. .”.. And then there was the rest of us, the poor kids and the farm kids.
Greasers, we were called, or Nutters. The main rule was that there was absolutely no mixing. Do you understand what I mean” Taylor explains to Estevan. .”..
The Nutters were the bottom of the pile, but we had each other.” She continues to explain to him. She’s letting him know that there was class system, even in her school based on people’s wealth. She also states how she was treated like lesser of a person just because she was in the poorest group of the school.