Analysis Of T. Ray In Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life Of Bees

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In Sue Monk Kidd’s book, The Secret Life of Bees, T. Ray is indirectly characterized as abusive in order to portray the violent attitude of a typical southern white male of this time period. Kidd displays this in a scene where Lily is not listening to him, “Get in your goddamned room!” he shouted, and shoved me.” (Kidd 18). This is an example of T Ray’s abusiveness. Although it is okay for a parent to shout at their child, it is not okay for a parent to shove their child. In doing this, T Ray could harm Lily who is still a small girl. Also, this displays the violent attitude of southern males towards people who they think are less dominant than them which plays an important role in the racism seen throughout the book. This indirect characterization
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