Essay "The Secret Life Of Bees"By Sue Monk Kidd

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“The Secret Life of Bees” By Sue Monk Kidd
In the novel, “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd, the story reflects the time when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved. Tension is rising in the southern states of the United States where most of the people there are against this bill. One of these states is South Carolina where the story takes place. It tells the story of Lily a fourteen year old girl living in Sylvan, South Carolina with her abusive father called T.Ray and a black maid named Rosaleen. After having to confront some troubling events, Lily and Rosaleen get to stay in the house of the Boatwright sisters, who are known to make the best honey in South Carolina. T.Ray had already fought in the war. He is a resentful and an angry man. The main cause of his behaviour is because when her wife died, she was about to leave him. This causes him to take out all of his anger on his innocent daughter, being really cruel sometimes towards her. At the end of the novel, Lily’s father let her stay with the Boatwright sisters. This decision is consistent with T.Ray’s character because it shows us how he is a careless, unloving and prideful person.
First of all, T.Ray is a careless person. For example, he does not take care of his daughter even though it’s somehow a father’s obligation to take care of his children. As mentioned in the novel by the protagonist, “As I fixed T.Ray’s plate, I considered how to bring up the delicate matter of my birthday, something T.Ray had never paid attention to in all the years of my life, but every year, like a dope, I got hopes up thinking this year would be the one’’(21). This tells us how T.Ray does not care of her daughter’s birthday. The birthdays of young kids is very important for them, and a father who cannot recognize the birthday of his own daughter is a careless person. Also she explains that T.Ray won’t even take care of her physically, “My hair constantly going off in eleven wrong direction, and T.Ray, naturally, refused to buy me bristle rollers, so all year I’d had to roll it on Welch’s grape juice cans, which had nearly turned me into an insomniac’’(3). Furthermore, she explains how he is careless towards her that he does not even give her attention, ‘’He did not care that I wore clothes I made for myself in home economics class, cotton...

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