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An Animal's Demur Essay

563 words - 2 pages

A caged animal’s fight for freedom is instinctive. A stop cannot be put to the animals fight or recalcitrance. Likewise, in “The secret life of bees” by Sue Monk Kidd, Lily, the protagonist, acts as a contumacious child in her fight against her oppressor, T. Ray. Additionally, African Americans, during the Civil Rights Movement, fought against the tyrannous society who constrained them from their freedom. The oppression of both the African Americans and Lily caused their defiance. Similar to Lily's defiance against T. Ray, the African Americans’ resistance and their fight for injustice reveals human beings’ instinctive desire for equality.
Lily and the African Americans’ unfair treatment causes their defiance against their oppressors. For example, Lily confronts T. Ray before receiving a punishment for going to jail by telling T. Ray, “‘you don’t scare me,’ [she] repeated louder this time. A brazen feeling had broken loose in [her,] a daring something that had been locked up in [her] chest,” (Kidd 38). T. Ray had just told Lily that luck had been the reason that she had gotten out of jail, and told her she would be punished. Lily finally decided to confront T. Ray for the first time. Through Lily’s loudness as the argument progressed, Kidd established Lily’s newfound courage. Kidd also used the word “brazen” to indicate the shamelessness in her argument. Lily’s sudden defiance disembogued as an element of foreshadowing because it indicated her capability to fight back, which could lead to conflict and a resolution. In Lily’s case, she decided to run away after “a daring something” broke loose in her. Additionally, even though Lily had already lied to the man about her grandmother and she knew...

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