A New Family: Interracial Relationships and Religion in The Secret Life of Bees
In such a diverse world where different races come together and interact, the early 1960s reveal society’s surprised reaction to these relationships. Interracial relationships are strongly frowned upon during this time, almost as if they are illegal. Fortunately, over time, people begin to accept those with different backgrounds and can easily communicate with each other. Hardships are still present today, but society in moving in a better direction. Also, society is turning more towards religion as guidance and strength to move along in life. Sue Kidd Monk prove these views and incorporates her own perspective of society. In her novel, The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd reveals the complexity and …show more content…
Lily has the strongest relationship with Rosaleen, in which she describes her:
She had a big round face and a body that sloped out from her neck like a pup tent, and she was so black that night seemed to seep from her skin. She lived alone in a little house tucked back in the woods, not so far from us, and came every day to cook, clean, and be my stand-in mother. Rosaleen have never had a child herself, so for the last ten years I’d been her guinea pig. (Kidd 2)
The readers can visualize Rosaleen’s physical appearance through Lily’s description, which represents that she is a colored woman. Within Rosaleen and Lily’s relationship, they benefit from one another. Rosaleen takes care of Lily as if she were her own, true daughter. Rosaleen gets the opportunity to be able to protect and love someone other than herself. For Lily, since her mother is absent, Rosaleen is her new guardian. Lily barely knew her own mother, and T. Ray, her father, abuses her and could care less. Lily gets to experience the parent-child love from Rosaleen. Kidd asserts that the interaction between different races can lead to loving
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Lily’s idolization of her mother is shown in how she describes Deborah’s belongings. A photo, which she see’s her mother's beautiful, gloves that Lily holds as if it were actually hers, and a photo of the black Mary which she keeps close. Right before Lily finds out T. Ray was right in saying Deborah left them Lily says she never believed him and she wants to prove him wrong. Characters with flaws are a lot more sympathetic and likeable to the reader instead of the perfect flawless unrealistic ones. Kidd got the reader to understand these flaws with how August tried to explain the situation to Lily, “All she did was cry for a week.
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Lily's childhood was traumatic, as her father abused her mother, which has much to do with her staying in an abusive relationship. Lily and Ryle get married, and soon to follow, Ryle begins to regularly abuse Lily out of jealousy, anger, sadness, and his problems. When Lily loses hope and trust, she turns to her past boyfriend, Atlas Corrigan. Atlas was a boy
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In the movie, it is shown that her father is a sweet and loving father but he has problems with being an alcoholic. It is also shown in the movie that she has a close relationship with her father. This may also be evident on how they have similarities especially in terms of being imaginative and a bit of a dreamer. Their family had a problem when her father was fired from his work that they need to transfer residence.
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Love to Relation to Society Eudora Welty’s short story, Lily Daw and The Three Ladies is about a mentally retarded young girl who has decided to make a big life decision. This causes conflict with the three ladies that have helped taken care of her since her mother died, because they too have made a decision for Lily without her knowledge. The main focus of the story is love in relation to society. Welty uses lily and the three ladies to argue the strict societal values that the ladies follow and how lily is a free spirit.
Two of her sisters have this problem and it has genuinely affected August for better or worse. Lily’s father, T-Ray, deals with his mental illness by using violence and taking his anger out on Lily because of what happened with his wife Deborah. This causes Lily to feel unloved by her father. In the beginning of the story, Lily runs away from home to escape her tragic life with T. Ray.
Considering Rosaleen is much older and more independent than Lily, she was by her said when her mom passed, when her father was not there, and running away together. They both have a special bond seeing Rosaleen as her only mother figure and I think that Kidd portrayed it perfectly in the
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