For much of the novel, August teaches Lily about the kind of undying, universal, hidden love that exists everywhere in the world but which is actually manufactured by the Virgin Mary. According to August, in order to feel the completeness stolen from her when her mother died, Lily must realize that she is loved by this Great Universal Mother. The Secret Life of Bees demonstrates racism by not only showing black and white characters with dignity but by also demonstrating how Lily struggles with
Emily is a minor character in the story and is the Mother’s first born child. Throughout the story the Mother leads the reader to believe that something is not quite right with her daughter. Olsen writes, “Even if I came, what good would it do? You think because I am her mother I have a key, or that in some way you could use me as a key?” (290). Olsen tells of her Daughter’s quiet and backward demeanor, “She was not glib or quick in a world where glibness and quickness were easily confused with ability to learn” (293).
Furthermore, for the Native Americans who come to watch the Election Day Pageant thinks it marks her as a person of importance and status. Hester Prynne is a powerful capable woman, she herself alters the meaning of the letter"A"from sinfulness and shameful ness into holiness, righteousness and ability through her continuos hardworking, charity and brave resistance. Pearl, Hester's daughter, is a symbol of all that Hester gave up when she committed adultery and gave up her place in Puritan Society. Additionally, Pearl is a symbol of struggle, resistance, rejection of restricted rules of Puritan Society. Hester lives in perpetual punishment because of Pearl,that is why she loves her so much.
Outline and evaluate research in to privation. Privation is when a child never forms attachment. A study of privation includes the case study of Genie and Czech twins. Genie was a young girl who was kept in isolation due to her father’s belief that she was mentally retarded, however as she was discovered at age 13, it was too late to test this. Because Genie never formed attachment, her level of speech was very low and even now, has not recovered as upon discovery she was kept in the care of many different psychologists and then was restored to her original home and kept under the care of her mother.
Book report on The Secret Life of Bees Although the title is called The Secret Life of Bees, this book is not actually about bees. Lily was raised in a broken family. Her mother left her when she was little and her father did not represent the right father figure. The only person that actually loved Lily was ironically Rosaleen. The fact that Rosaleen truly cared for and loved Lily is ironic because Rosaleen is African American while Lily is White.
(134)" Pearl is another example of symbolism. Pearl is the daughter of Hester Prynne. Pearl James wrote an article named “An overview of The Scarlet Letter.” She said that Pearl “is more of a symbol than a character” (4). She is the sin but a blessing to her mother. Pearl can bring the good side out in Hester.
In the beginning of the novel Pearl represents Hestor’s sin, shame and desire. Pearl gives human form to these traits. She and Hestor are tied together in immorality even before Pearl is born. “The mother’s impassioned state had been the medium through which were transmitted to the unborn infant the rays of its normal life: however white and clear originally had taken the deep stains of crimson and gold, the fiery lustre, the black shadow, and the untempered light, of the intervening substance” (83). Hestor wants her child to be raised like the other Puritan children, but this can not happen since Hestor passes her feelings of Pearl as an object of her sin on to Pearl.
She was beaten if she made any sounds, and she did not have the chance to play with other toys and children. When discovered, Genie was thirteen years old. She was physically undeveloped and she could only speak with animal like sounds. Genie received plenty of education, stimulation and interaction and was able to show some improvement in spatial and perceptual awareness. Genie was unable to master language skills at a normal level because she had missed a critical period.
This truthful trait is passed down to her daughter Pearl who, like her mother, shows only her true character. Pearl was raised outside the Puritan community and grew up without the strict religious binding that the rest of the children in her town grew up with. Pearl is playful, acts like a child and, “seemed rather an airy sprite” (94). To the Puritan community this appears odd compared to the straight laced, disciplined children they are used to. They are often alarmed and almost frightened by her “alien” behavior.
“Fight vs. Flight” is an essay that describes a mother’s awaking to one daughter’s superficiality and to the other daughter’s deep understanding of heritage (179). “Fight vs. Flight” goes in to great detail about the relationship that is shared between Dee, her mother, and Dee’s younger sister Maggie. Fuller explains the different views and opinions of the different characters throughout the essay, mostly focusing on Dee and her mother. According to Farrell, those who read the story would tend to agree that Dee is a shallow and manipulative young lady who is overly concerned with herself and lacks the true understanding of her heritage. According to Farrell, the story is being told by her mother and suggests that Dee may not really be the bad person that everyone claims she is (179).