Secret Life Of Bees Boundaries

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One of the themes presented by Sue Monk Kidd in, “The Secret Life of Bees” is pushing boundaries. In the book, Lily runs away from her abusive father and stays at a beekeepers house where she would be safe. This beekeepers house is a black family and while she stayed there and everyone was constantly pushing boundaries. The story relates to the article written by Nadra Kareem Nittle which was called, “How the Freedom Riders Movement Began”. This article was about a group of people called freedom riders traveling together to end the Jim Crow laws or other known as, racist laws. The article relates to, “The Secret Life of Bees” because on the journey they are constantly doing anything and everything to end the laws by pushing boundaries.

In the book, “The Secret Life of Bees” Rosaleen as constantly pushing boundaries. For example it says, “For a second they stared down at the juice, dribbled like car oil across their shoe. They blinked, trying to make it register. When they looked up, I watched their faces go from surprise to anger, then outright fury.” (Kidd 32)It was very rude for the men to make fun of her size and race but it was the 1960s and most people were racist. Rosaleen pushed the boundaries when she poured her black spit across their shoe and to make it worse, she just had to do it on one of the most racist people in the town. Another example in
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For instance it says, “For two weeks, the activists planned to flout Jim Crow laws by sitting on the front of the buses and in “whites only” waiting rooms in bus terminals.” This mean that they just disregarded the rules of the Jim Crow Laws and sat where they wanted. As a result of doing this, they were pushing boundaries. Also in the article they said that they were attacked by, “white supremacist mobs” that could have killed them because they went too far to push the
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