Secret Life of Bees

Chapter 1

Abuse is the symbol

by Aaron Brown, 3A, 4/10/14

"I saw him take her by the shoulders and shake her, her head bouncing back and forth. I saw the whiteness of his lip."


This excerpt displays the usual behaviors of an abusive male. People who intentionally do harm to others and those they are emotionally attached to as a result of their own insecurities are the most revolting examples humanities potential for evil.


"I'd been kneeling on grits since I was six, but still I never got used to that powedered-glass feeling beneath my skin. I walked toward them with those tiny feather steps you expect of a girl in Japan, and lowered myself to the floor, determined not to cry, but the sting was already gathering in my eyes."


I thought it was interesting that T.Ray began using such an abusive punishment roughly two years after the death of Lily's mother. Most likely he probably, in his own sick way, was mourning over his wifes death and, unconsciously took his frustrations out on his own daughter.


"Goddamn it, you were four years old!" he shouted. 'you don't know what to remember