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What does the trapped bird in the house symbolize in The Bean trees?Thank You soooo...

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homeworkcrazy | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 14, 2009 at 6:47 AM via web

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What does the trapped bird in the house symbolize in The Bean trees?

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aquawater99 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 7, 2009 at 1:43 PM (Answer #1)

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It represents Turtle - most of the references to birds throughout the book represent Turtle. Virgie thinks the bird dead at first as it comes down the chimney, but it survives, just barely. Similarly, Turtle has just been nearly frightened to death and taken away at that time, but she barely manages to survive as well. The fact that the bird survived symbolizes that Turtle will survive as well.

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