In Sue Monk Kidd’s novel, The Secret Life of Bees, Kidd incorporates the literary technique of allusion to assist the reader in delving into Lily’s thought process. Furthermore, to incorporate allusion, Kidd compares the message Lily interpreted from the arrival of the bees in her room to the plagues God sent to the pharaoh Ramesses. Lily ponders: Back in my room on the peach farm, when the bees had first come out at night, I had imagined they were sent as a special plague for T. Ray. God saying, Let my daughter go, and maybe that’s exactly what they’d been, a plague that released me (151).
Thus, the story sets up a setting where the dominant white community was supported by the black community, which creates a great lead into the struggle against oppression later in the story. Because of how The Secret Life Of Bees sets up the white community as the dominant class and the black community as the less significant/poorer class , it creates a greater emphasis on the struggle against oppression. The Boatwright sisters, which consists of August, June, and May, are described by Lily as, “‘The [women] who [make] the Black Madonna Honey,’” (68). When Lily enters their home, she even states that, “Each chair had its only little velvet stool sitting before it. Velvet,” (70).
'An Inspector Calls ' written by J.B. Priestley in 1945, revolves around an investigation into a working-class girl who committed suicide due to the Capitalist nature of society. In this play Priestley uses each character to represent an important message to deliver to the audience, mostly about the theme of responsibility. Priestley uses the young Sheila Birling, a carefree lady, to drive the play forward. Her importance shows the audience the need for a social change where gender equality is concerned and it highlights differences in attitude among the generations. In addition, it seems that Sheila becomes a 'Second Inspector ' towards the end of the play in order to reinforce Priestley 's message.
The first major example of Kidd using bees as a symbol is within the first epigram found before chapter one: “The queen… if she is removed from the hive the workers very quickly sense her absence… they show unmistakable signs of queenlessness (1).” This epigram explains how worker bees feel lost or unnecessary when they lack a queen. How this symbolizes an experience related to Lily is how she also feels the same way after losing her “queen”, or her mother
Some authors use transformations in stories to show readers how characters change for the better as they go through hard times or make bad choices. Eugenia Collier uses the transformation in her fictional short story, Marigolds, to show us the change of the main character, Lizabeth, as she changes from childhood to womanhood when she destroys Miss Lottie’s marigolds. The story flashbacked to when Lizabeth was about to turn fifteen in the Depression and took place in the poor neighborhood she lived in, where she and her friends picked on Miss Lottie for being the poorest. Collier uses characterization to show Lizabeth’s change from childhood to womanhood.
Marge Piercy's poem Barbie Doll tells of a young girl and her experience through adolescence. It illuminates the destruction wreaked when unrealistic expectations and gender limitations become socially acceptable. This poem ends with the tragic suicide of the girl and how only in death did she embody the ideals set by society. Piercy exposes the paradoxical expectations set by American culture through the use of explicit diction, simile, and irony.
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy story of a young girl that enters a new world from the back of a wardrobe after arriving at a foster home with her siblings during the beginning of World War 2 with the common believe that they’d “be home soon”. Contrary to their beliefs, the Pevensie children are tossed into yet another war-damaged land and forced to face their greatest fears. As a result, Lucy is left to starve after the truth, eager to explore and discover both this new world as well as her own abilities. “I wouldn’t lie about this!” Lucy’s desire to be fed more knowledge is derived from her naturally timid personality and young age- both of which have been carefully crafted by Lewis as a method for evoking a strong emotional response from the
Chihiro, who begins the film as a scared and confused little girl, eventually overcomes her bleak situation and becomes determined to save her captive parents. One way Chihiro accomplishes this is by demanding a job at a restrictive bath house under the evil witch Yubaba, the only entity capable of returning her parents to normal, in order to earn her parents’ freedom. She eventually faces Yubaba and outsmarts her, gaining her parents back and being set free from the bathhouse and spirit world. Steven Guitron references in his article “Miyazaki” how Chihiro does not conform to her own gender stereotypes of being meek and incompetent but instead pushes forward and continues toward her goal, not letting anything fool her. This not only subverts common worldwide gender roles, it also challenges social norms present in Japanese
The Secret Life of Bees was written by Sue Monk Kidd and is considered a fictional novel filled with young romance and adventure. This novel was published by Penguin Books and when released in 2002 it received critical acclaim and was on the New York Times bestseller list. This 302 page novel challenges the mind to think back to the past when the color of skin determined the number of hardships one would have. This novel is read by millions and relates to many when the were young. This novel takes place in Tiburon and Sylvan South Carolina in 1964.
In the Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, the roles of women are represented by the women who help with Lily and her struggles throughout the story. Lily interacted with lots of women in the story that helped her through her tough times in her quest to find out more information about her dead mother, Deborah. Primarily, Lily interacted with people such as Rosaleen, August, and June that helped out with Lily’s struggles. One of the most helpful women in the book to Lily was Rosaleen. Rosaleen helped take care of Lily’s house once her mother perished.
Almost every child has thought about running away from home at least once in their life, if not more. Although this usually is an empty threat, for Lily Owens, the protagonist in The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, it was a milestone. The summer of 1964 marked the year she finally realized there was nothing holding her back from escaping her abusive father. As she leaves home for her journey, she takes her African American, motherlike housekeeper with her, who was in jail for insulting some racists. Together, they find their way to three beekeeping sisters, one of which helps Lily to finally understand what happened to her late mother.
In the movie The Secret Life of Bees, several examples of suffrage for African-American women in the south and interracial relationships were shown throughout the movie. The film takes place during the Civil Rights Movement, and the relationship between whites and African- Americans is a very rocky one. African Americans are still not being treated fairly and prejudice is still a major factor taking place. The movie begins with the main character Lily Owens tells the story of the day her mother was killed.
Why do you think some people can recover from traumatic events and some can not? The Secret Life of Bees is a book by Sue Monk Kidd that is set in South Carolina in the 1960s. In the story Lily (the main character) runs away from home to get away from her father and finds out more about her mother that died when she was little. On her journey to seeking out more about her mother she finds the Boatwright sisters. Lily learns later in the novel that August, the oldest Boatwright sister, used to take care of her mother.