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Copy of Comparsion Essay

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Katy Elliott

on 16 May 2011

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The Secret Life Bees
By: Sue Monk Kidd The Secret Life of Bees
By: Sue Monk Kidd The Secret Life of Bees
By: Sue Monk Kidd Night
By: Elie Wiesel Similar Themes? I Think YES! Racism Lost Innocence Coming Of Age Themes Throughout both stories the
characters have to deal with
the effects of racism. For example in "The Secret Life of Bees" both Rosaleen
and Zach get thrown in jail at different points during
the story due to the racist feelings in the south. "As Zach pulled into a parking space in the front I saw them--five or six white men standing by the ticket booth. They milled around, casting quick glances up and down the sidewalk, like they were waiting for someone" (Kidd 177). Here is a perfect example of the southern racism of Triburon. A movie star was rumored to be coming to try and integrate the movie theatre in town but these men would not have that, so they were standing there waiting to prevent him from bringing a colored girl into the white section of the movie theatre. In "Night" the characters also have to face the effects of racism from the Nazis. "But new edicts were already being issued. We no longer had the
right to frequent resturants or cafés, to travel by rail, to attend
synagogue, to be on the streets after six o'clock in the evening.
Then came the ghettos" (Wiesel 11). In both stories the characters face difficult situations that no one should have to face at that age which ends up changing their perspectives on life. For example in "The Secret Life of Bees" when Zach gets
arrested he loss a part of that fun loveable person that
we know him to be, allowing bitter feelings to creep in. "He stared at the water. 'Sometimes Lilly I get so angry I wanna kill something'" (Kidd 230). In "Night" Eliezer loses his innocence due to his whole ordeal that he must go through because of the racism of the Nazi officers hatred of the Jews. "From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me.
The look in his eys as he gazed at me has never left me"
(Wiesel 115). Characters also face situations that cause them to grow-up and face the facts about how cruel the world really is a lot faster than they normally would come of age and learn these things. For example in "The Secret Life of Bees" ever since Lily was four years old she has had to carry around the burdon of knowing that she killed her mother and even though it was an accident she still blames herself. "This is what I know about myself. She was all
I wanted. And I took her away" (Kidd 8). Eilzer went through the many camps of the Nazi time and had to grow-up fast and learn to deal with it. This is espcially true as his imprisonment came to a close and his father fell very ill and he had to take care of him. "I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep. But I was out of tears. And deep inside me, if I could have searched the recesses of my feeble conscience, I might have found something like: Free at last!..." (Wiesel 112) The End! Credits By: Katy Elliott Sue Monk Kidd. "The Secert Life of Bees." New York:
Peguin Group, 2002. Print Elie Wiesel. "Night." New York: Hill and Wang,
2006. Print
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