Racism And Discrimination In The Secret Life Of Bees

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A meaningful story of racism, divine female rights, and humanity, The Secret Life of Bees accurately represents how such impact can influence a 14 year old girl to become a “young woman.” Growing up without a mother made Lily Owen the strong, open-minded, and brave young woman she became. Lily and her family, including Rosaleen, went through harsh treatment and segregation considering the fact that the book took place in 1964 during the Civil Rights movement. Rosaleen and Lily have a relationship where they’re able to show a side of them that no one else ever saw. “I was the only one who knew that despite her sharp ways, her heart was more tender than a flower skin and she loved me beyond reason.” Rosaleen was like her “rock”, she was able to pick her up no matter what Lily did.…show more content…
Racism was one of the themes of this novel. Throughout the book it shows how Lily struggles with, but eventually overcomes, her “own racism.” Sue Monk Kidd goes way beyond the typical stereotypes. In the beginning of the novel, Lily was had racist thoughts towards Rosaleen. She thought all African Americans were uneducated like Rosaleen. As her relationship with Rosaleen started to grow, she realized that she was more than just a house maid. While reading the book, I could feel the pain Lily was feeling. She wished that the color barrier would not interfere with her and the hopes she had for Rosaleen. “I used to have daydreams in which she was white and married to T. Ray, and became my real mother. Other times I was a Negro orphan she found in a cornfield and adopted. Once in awhile I had us living in a foreign country like New York, where she could adopt me and we could both stay our natural
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