March 29, 2004

Bees and Peers

As we dicussed "The Secret Life of Bees" in class last Thursday, an interesting point was brought up in my specific group...

We had to come up with a question to ask the class about the first half of the book, and we came up with "How would Lily be different if her mother wouldn't have died, and how would her T. Ray be different?" ...and somehow that lead to the discussion of why Lily's mother ran away in the first place. It was because she was so isolated on the peach farm, away from everyone else...it is clear that she was used to being a social butterfly, and T. Ray almost took her away from the world because he adored her so much.

"What made her so depressed like that?" I said.
"I don't know the whole answer, but part of it was her being out on the farm, isolated from things, married to a man she really didn't want to be married to."
(pg. 253).


Eventually, this made her so depressed and caused her to run away to August's house. Doesn't this sound familiar? It's almost the same situation as in "A Jury of Her Peers," when Minnie Foster gets depressed because of her husband secluding her on the farm, and no one ever comes to visit her. In class, we decided it was a form of mental abuse, and caused her to go crazy and kill her husband. Anyone else see the link here? Do you think that Lily's mother was mentally abused like Minnie was? Give me some responses ;)

Posted by MeghanKite at March 29, 2004 9:36 PM
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I think that there was definitly a form of abuse. For her to leave him , there had to be a reason. There is an obvious likeness between the characters situations. Moreso, on the part of the males in the stories. I think that both T-Ray and Mr. Wright shoewd characteristics of men who were controlling and manipulative. I think to define this as love might be a little off though. Don't you think that if these men truly loved their significant other they would allow them to be freeminded spirits?

Posted by: DonaldKuhns at April 1, 2004 8:15 PM

Give me 50 dollars.

What?

Give you 50 bucks.

OK.

Now give me your paycheck?

What?

Are you crazy or something? I worked 50 hours to get that paycheck.

I think he is stupid.

That is what the bees and cows are trying to tell mankind. You know with the honey and the milk and stuff like that. See the bees {madumaki) toil day and night to create that honey for their own consumption and give some to humanity. The milk that the cow produces is for it's calves (bachada) consumption. The cow willinging gives humainty some of that milk.

Posted by: Bulls Wax at November 4, 2007 5:35 PM
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