The Secret Life Of Bees Essay

2043 Words Oct 11th, 2015 9 Pages
From the time any living creature emerges into this world, their life becomes dedicated to growing and developing. Humans are especially suited to survive and endure the harsh attributes of life. Through each challenge that a person conquers, they become increasingly wiser. As life progresses, more and more challenges are brought on. As a result, as one grows older, they realize that they are capable of more than they’d ever thought. Set during the sixties in the fictional town of Sylvan, South Carolina, The Secret Life of Bees focuses on fourteen year old Lily Owens’ quest for a new and improved life. Stuck in the fictional town of Sylvan with her abusive and manipulative father, T. Ray, the faint memory of the day in which she accidentally shot her mother continues to haunt her. After fleeing from her abusive home, Lily runs off to Tiburon with her caregiver, Rosaleen, and finds solace in the warm Boatwright home. Her life changes drastically, as love and care begin to surround her constantly. Throughout the novel, Sue Monk Kidd displays how a broken person can transform into one of great strength by exhibiting the ways in which Lily’s character thrives as a result of her ability to learn from others, her faith, and her forgiving nature.
Firstly, Sue Monk Kidd displays how Lily is able to be easily influenced by those who she finds inspiring and interesting, resulting in change of her own self. The life lessons that Lily learn from August Boatwright and…

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