Being mistreated and neglected on a daily does not seem enjoyable at all. T. Ray, father of Lily, abuses his role as the only parent by dictating Lily's life. T. Ray was an unkind father who does not understand Lily's wants. Being the only parent, T. Ray also tends to blame Lily for the death of her mother. T. Ray damages Lily physically and emotionally to take out his anger and resentment about his wife.
During a time period of social injustices Lily, the main character in Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees, inserts herself into the home of a family of African American sisters to uncover the mystery surrounding her mother. Because of Lily's young age when her mother dies, as she gets older she has an obession of trying to figure out who her mother really was. She has little recollection of the time they spent together and one day she comes across a picture with the words "Tiburon S.C" on the back. This is the moment her real journey begins. Lily sets off to finds this place her mom has visited to discover new things about her mom, but what she actually does is learn about herself.
Throughout the duration of Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret LIfe of Bees, the characters of her novel undergo various difficulties. The novel revolves around Lily as she learns about her past and tries to discover more about her long-dead mother. Additionally, the novel features extensive character interaction as Lily and her companion Rosaleen take residence at a farm in Tiburon, South Carolina, and meet three sisters: May, June, and August.
The struggle between a young girl and the tempting offer presented by a handsome hunter in Sarah Orne Jewett’s short story “A White Heron” illustrates that man should not compromise his happiness or beliefs for material gain. As soon as Jewett’s protagonist, Sylvia moves from a noisy and crowded town to her grandmother’s quiet and modest farm, she immediately finds herself captivated and enthralled by the surrounding woods and wildlife “as if she never had been alive at all before she came to live at the farm” (Jewett). For Sylvia, experiencing the wild outdoors sets her on a path of self discovery and sparks within her a deep-seated love and respect for nature. Not long after learning of Sylvia’s passion for nature, a charming hunter offers
“Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you” W. Clement Stone. In this portion of the story, The Beet Queen, by Louise Erdrich, it tells the story of two children arriving in a town searching for their own purpose. With the use of tone, imagery, and point of view we can depict the impact of the environment on the two children throughout the passage. Firstly, Erdrich used tone throughout the passage to emphasize the effect the environment has on the children. When the children first arrive, the negative description of the place sets the tone.
The Secret Life of Bees was written by Sue Monk Kidd. It's an emotional story about a little girl in search of her mothers past, but along the way she discovers herself and who she really is. It's based in 1964 in South Carolina. A little girl named Lilly runs away from her abusive father to follow her mothers footsteps in order to discover her past. After escaping from her father, Lilly and Rosaleen(Lilly's nanny) came across a general store.
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 Viktor E. Frankl’s autobiography, Man’s Search for Meaning, he states, “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves” (Frankl). Despite traumatically enduring the holocaust for a period of his life, Frankl used his experience as a way to interpret the true meaning of life. Frankl demonstrates the importance of approaching hardships with a change of attitude, taking action and adapting to situations. Various influential people have interpreted similar themes through literature, as they encourage individuals to embrace life by a change of outlook. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl Secret Garden, written by Frances Hodgson Burnett in 1910, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential, written by John C. Maxwell and Mindset: The Psychology of Success, written by Carol S. Dweck all show the importance of an individual’s attitude/mindset.
We are all born with a natural curiosity about the world around us. We are constantly asking questions and hypothesizing situations to better ourselves. It is only a natural reaction to take interest in ones’ origins and debate the rule of society. The movie, The Secret Life of Bees, focuses on the United States during the time of the Civil Rights Act. It paints a picture of a girl, Lily Owens, navigating life in a world divided.
“Love is All Around You” is a poem that parallels the novel The Secret Life of Bees in many different ways. Love is portrayed as a simple entity that is achieved on many different levels. The motif of love is presented in both pieces of literature allowing for a comparison to be drawn between the literary works. “Love is All Around You” are the first 5 words in this twelve line poem. This statement represents what “The Secret Life of Bee’s” is all about.