16 February 2013
The Secret Life of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd was born in Albany, Georgia and raised in Sylvester during the Racial Segregation which had inspired her to write, The Secret Life of Bees. This was her first novel she wrote. She is a writer, novelist, and memoirist. She inspired a lot of children with the novel. This novel treats contentious issue of race in the 1960s south well as in the everyday relations between individuals. The plot demonstrates two encounter between blacks and whites in which the blacks are treated unjustly. Rosaleen is sent to jail for defending herself Zach; the novel speaks, “one boy throws a bottle at the white man”(Kidd 178-180) goes to jail for not admitting which of his friends broke the bottle on the white man’s nose. It was set in South Carolina in 1964, about Lily Owens who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. She had to escape her lonely and troubled father to a little pink house with her caretaker Rosaleen. Taken in by the intelligent Boatwright sisters.
It was during racial segregation in the United States where it was during the signing for John F. Kennedy movement Lily Owens mother like caretaker/friend did not have certain rights like other white people would have. Like voting, she was unable to vote because of “racial segregation” but the civil rights acts have not come to the south of Carolina. Rosaleen was beaten because she spits on a white man she is an outspoken woman, the novel states, “stole it from the church” (Kidd 32) so she had to stand up for herself. It also stated the men taunt Rosaleen, who angrily spilled tobacco on their shoes. The novel stated “did you ever see one that black” (Kidd 32). During this racial segregation the novel mentioned Dr. Martin Luther King of how Rosaleen dreamed that he painted her toenails with his spit. The novel states, “Martin Luther king Jr., knelt down and painted my toenails with the spit from his mouth, and...