The Secret Life Of Bees

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In life, relatively anything can happen for a reason. Whether it occurs upon our own actions or not, instances may arise for a new change. Within the novel, The Secret Life of Bees, our main protagonist, Lily, is tested by making a life-changing decision to either return to her father, T. Ray’s captivity, or stay with the Boatwright sisters, whom she befriended on her runaway adventure. Even through tough times Lily has endured with T. Ray, when it was time for her to decide who should receive custody of her, she was still hesitant, despite knowing what her circumstances may be if she were to choose T. Ray. Even though T. Ray is Lily’s biological father, unfortunately, is not up to par to provide her with the necessities that this fourteen year-old girl needs. I strongly believe that Lily should live with the Boatwright sisters, due to many factors they can provide that makes Lily a better person. Ever since the death of Lily’s mother, Deborah, T. Ray has made it physically and mentally difficult for Lily to cope and move forward in life. According to the novel, he tells Lily, “The truth is, your sorry mother ran off and left you. The day she died, she’d come back for her things, that’s all. You can hate me all you want, but she’s the one who left you.” (Kidd 39) This indeed shows T. Ray’s inability to control his anger but also shows his cruel nature towards his own kin. Throughout the entire novel, T. Ray has led Lily to believe that Deborah intentionally left, even
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