The paper requirements are as follows:
-3-4 pages long (900-1200 words)
-In-text parenthetical citations for all quotes
"Several characters in The Bean Trees find themselves living what many would label "dead-end existences" that they are, ultimately, able to escape. After considering the personality traits or underlying factors attributed to Taylor, Lou Ann, Estevan, and Esperanza, select two or three characters to compare and contrast. Your essay should identify the personality traits or underlying factors that allowed each character to escape his/her/ dead-end existence and compare the changes that each character undergoes as he/she transforms as he/she transforms his/her own life. Finally, be sure to identify the overall arguments that the novel makes about personal transformation through the depiction of the characters that you have selected. Be sure you think about the implications of the changes in your selected characters. Explain what those changes suggest to audience members."