The Secret Life Of Bees By Sue Monk Kidd

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In society today there are still forms of segregation prevalent to the eye. Whether it’s in workplaces, schools, etc. it is still seen today. Of course, sometimes no one means to self- segregate himself or herself, sometimes it may even be subconscious. It is not intended to be mean spirited or subjective to anyone, it simply just happens. Even though people may not realize it within themselves, people still hold on to racist beliefs. This theme is developed immensely in Sue Monk Kidd’s, The Secret Life of Bees. The book is followed in the eyes of our main character, Lily Owens, a white girl from the heart of South Carolina in the year 1964. Lily is an insecure and isolated child having this way of life given to her because of her father, T-Ray, whom she refuses to call “Daddy” like any other normal child. Lily lives a restricted lifestyle because of how T-Ray makes her dress and how he forces her to work at his peach stand all alone without a book out by the highway. His favorite form of punishment for Lily when she disobeys him is to have raw grits sprinkled about the floor and to have her kneel on them for hours at a time. In the novel T-Ray is portrayed as a cold-hearted, resentful, and uninterested “father” to Lily. T-Ray was once madly in love with Lily’s mother until the day she died, by the accidental shot of a gun sent off by a 4-year-old Lily at the time not knowing what kind of damage she had caused. Lily is later on in life confronted with the guilt of taking
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