Sue Monk Kidd : A Memory Of The Past

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Sue Monk Kidd: A Memory of the Past

Authors tend to display their personalities and personal stories throughout their work. While the words on the paper may read one thing, the deeper connections and references hidden in the writing leads to even more nail-biting questions. Sue Monk Kidd was influenced to write her novel The Secret Life of Bees by the dreadful experiences she faced during her childhood, an early passion of literature, and finally her exploration of religious beliefs. Her childhood was most notably affected in the summer of 1964, when she witnessed public cruelty to blacks that, no doubt, haunted her for the rest of her life. Clearly, her first hand experiences that summer played an important role of setting it as a Civil Rights backdrop in The Secret Life of Bees.

Sue Monk Kidd’s dreadful experiences in the summer 1964 impacted the writing of her novel as the events she saw were duplicated into the major plot line. “She vividly remembers the summer of 1964 with its voter registration drives, boiling racial tensions, and the erupting awareness of the cruelty of racism” (“Reading”). Growing up, she never could fully digest the littered memories that constantly showed flashbacks reminding her of the gruesome outbreaks. Even though African-Americans prominently populated her childhood home of Sylvester, Georgia, there were still huge racial divides (“Reading”). The deeply ingrained segregation between white and black southerners was easily observed in her said
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