Secret Life of Bees Essay

842 Words Nov 29th, 2007 4 Pages
Written by Sue Monk Kidd the novel "The Secret Life of Bees" traces the life of a 14 year old girl searching for love and care. The story begins in a peach farm in Sylvan, South Carolina but travels toward and ends in Tiburon, South Carolina. The city of Tiburon unleashes many truths that lily has wondered throughout her life. The town brings her what she has been longing for since she was a child. Fourteen year old Lily Owens lives with her cruel father who has piled her with the guilt and responsibility of her mothers' death when she was a young child. After her stand in mother Rosaleen arrested and sent to the hospital for insulting three of the towns biggest racists, they flee to Tiburon, South Caroline in search of information about …show more content…
She was free spirited and pleased to help even though she was the one in need of help. Although I admire her for those things, the thing that brought me to admire her greatly is the fact that she was living in a time of racism and they were considered to be worth nothing, she cared and loved Negroes more than she did her own race. She saw through the color of their skin and came to see that they were no different then any other human being. With her fathers' cruelty and his abusive behavior towards her and the fact that her mother did not want her and abandoned her and her father when she was young, Lily was able to get past this and love them and believe that they loved her even if they showed it in the most unusual ways. The character that I came like least was Franklin Posey, the racist that Rosaleen insulted. Not only did he disrespect her for her skin color he said awful things to her. No matter what she did he had not right to throw a flashlight at her head. Racism is a horrible thing but to injure a woman is taking it too far. The way he treated her made me sick. He is an atrocious person and it is people like him that caused this worlds violence. This book taught many lessons and helped you realize how awful like was for people with colored skin back then. If you were black you were automatically thought of as an appalling person. The odd thing about this book is the majority

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