In saw the beauty of the tree

In this section, the family drives towards the Mojave Desert and Rose made Rex stop when she saw a tree that caught her eye. Jeannette thought the Joshua tree was ugly and displeasing while her mother saw it as beauty. Rose ended up setting up her supplies to paint the tree while Rex went up the road to found a house. The family moved into the house called Midland and during their time there, Rose spent most of her time on her artwork, she studied mainly on the Joshua trees located there. My moral response to this was a quote my grandma always used to tell me, “There is no exquisite beauty…without some strangeness in the proportion” (Edgar Allan Poe). This is because in the book the author mentions the viewpoints of her mother. “Mom, however, thought it was one of the most beautiful trees she has ever seen” (35). Rose saw the beauty of the tree because of its uniqueness and “struggles” its faced. The tree showed that beauty and strength can arise from dysfunctionality. I learned through this chapter that some people have unique visions on beauty and that others just see pass through it. The book provides evidence through this quote, “I thought the Joshua tree was ugly. It looked scraggly and freakish…” (35). Jeannette clearly could not see what her mother saw in the trees, their perception of beauty were different. This is because Jeannette’s mother has lived longer and knows the reality and hardships of life, and related to the tree itself. The author uses a metaphor in this section, “One time I saw a tiny Joshua tree sapling growing not too far from the old tree. I wanted to dig it up and replant it near our house. I told MOm that I would protect it from the wind and water it every day so that it could grow nice and tall and straight. Mom frowned at me. ‘You’d be destroying what makes it special,’ she said. ‘It’s the Joshua tree’s struggle that gives it its beauty” (38). The Joshua tree is depicted as unpleasant because of the bended body from the years of wind and surviving the desert. Yet the tree is still strongly rooted into the ground, has a firm foundation, and survived through its adversities staying upright. This contributes by helping the readers relate the tree to the Wells family. Just like the tree, Jeanette’s family struggled through different adversities and hardships but beneath all the troubles they all remained strong in love for eachother.

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