Racism In Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life Of Bees

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Racism has always been and still is a major flaw in society; those who are simply of a darker skin tone are looked down upon and even threatened by others. Sue Monk Kidd’s novel showcases this injustice perfectly. Set during the Civil Rights Movement, The Secret Life of Bees exhibits the conflicting attitudes between whites and blacks during its set time period. This can be seen through the unjust arrest of Rosaleen, through Lily and Zach’s love affair, and even through Lily’s subjective stereotypes. Racism hugely impacts not only the lives of victims but also the lives of those who witness the aftereffects of such discrimination. Throughout the entirety of the novel, racism serves as an overhanging obstacle in the lives of each and every character; this includes the internal and the mental struggles faced by Lily and several other major characters. The most unmistakable accounts of racism can be seen from the…show more content…
In The Secret Life of Bees, one simple act of prejudiced hostility sets off a devastating chain reaction in the lives of the major characters in the novel. After the unexpected arrest of Zach and his friends due to yet another feud with a group of racist, white name callers, Lily’s world is spun upside-down. She brings the heartbreaking news to August, June, and Rosaleen, and they all agree to keep the information away from May, for “it would be too much for [her]” (182). However, May later just so happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and learns of Zach’s arrest. No longer able to carry the weight of her depression, May commits suicide, leaving her loved ones behind and drastically changing the course of the story. Even though most of the characters mentioned above are not directly involved in the initial conflict with Zach, they are all deeply affected in one way or another by his experience with

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