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.
This past summer I read the novel the Secret Life of Bees. Set in 1964, around the time the Civil Rights Act was passed. The Civil Rights Act is basically like an embellishment upon The Jim Crow law. The law was enacted to pursue segregation between people of color and whites. When the Civil Rights Act was legislated it changed the law, giving civil rights to anyone and everyone regardless of their skin color.
As orated in the quotation above, by August to Lily the Mary of Chains serves as a great object of growth for Lily to find her own inner strength and to be her own mother. In The Secret Life of Bees Lily struggles to find and connect with her mother throughout the novel. Lily continues to look at her past and dwell upon the fact that she doesn’t have a mother, and because of that Lily goes to great lengths to find out whatever she can about her mother.
In Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees, the excerpt supports the theme of the novel by explaining that love is worth all. In the statement, Lily watches her father leave her behind at August’s house,because he knows that he can not love Lily the way that all of the women can love her. After T.Ray leaves, Lily looks at the women and realizes that the hole she has felt all of her life, from not having her mother, is now filled with love. Now she does have a mother; now she has many mothers.
What is the author’s purpose? The purpose of The Secret Life of Bees was to tell a story of racism from a different perspective. Most stories known today, are those of colored people who were subject to discrimination from the white people of the past. In this novel by Kidd, she tells the story of a white girl, experiencing prejudices from those of color.
All Because of a Love for Honey Imagine you are all alone in the wilderness, your food supply is dwindling and the only thing that stands between you and your favorite treat-- delectable, mouthwatering honey-- are a few bees. This occurred in the novel “The Sign of the Beaver” by Elizabeth George Speare. One morning as an Indian chief silently walked through the woods, he heard a sound of a human.
When the challenges that people face become increasingly difficult, people tend to back down from the challenges that they encountered. However, there are some people who will rise to the occasion and do what is needed to be done to overcome those obstacles. Throughout the reading of La Línea, Maus, and The Secret Life of Bees, the same overlapping theme that only a few stand-up and overcome their problems remains constant. The book La Línea was the book with the largest variety of challenges ranging from strenuous physical activity to exhausting mental strain. Throughout the book it talks about how some people don’t try to leave, like Miguel's friend Chuy, “we all knew Chuy wasn't going anywhere”(Jaramillo 8).
“The innocence of children is what makes them stand out, as a shining example to the rest of mankind” - Kurt Chambers. Likewise, In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee, the narrator Jean Louise Finch, formerly known as “Scout’’ narrates her childhood experiences in an innocent kid's perspective. She begins retelling the story from the age of five and as a result the narrative voice used in the story is very naive. As Scout sees the injustices in her community occur, she uses the limited amount of knowledge she has of the world, her life experiences and her father's teachings/morals to fill in the blanks and try to understand the events that are taking place. It is evident that Scout is at too young of an age to fully comprehend racism and it’s impact on society.
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee explores how each character deals with his or her own personal loss. The main loss Scout experienced was realizing that there is so much in life she must learn about for self-improvement, and learn how to be wise in the way she acts to win the world. Scout practiced different actions in an attempt to fit into the regular social roles in the community. Scout in the novel developed from her personal experiences and her understanding about people’s life who lived around her.
The Secret Life of Bees One of the greatest cruelties one can do upon another is to rob them of their human rights. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd takes place during the fight for civil rights in the United States. One theme presented in the novel would be one should not discriminate or make assumptions about another person due to the color of their skin. The cruelty presented in this novel was the robbing of human rights of blacks, which revealed the true nature of“The Daughters of Mary” of how they were going to raise Lily to be as the society they wanted to see.