Imagined Display of the Bee Jar Final

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Petrillo 1 Neale Petrillo Professor Ganis WLLS 101-2 3 December, 2007 Imagined Display of the Bee Jar In Sue Monk Kid’s novel, The Secret Life of Bees, the jar that Lily uses to capture a solitary bee depicts the way life often works in the real world. After the bee is initially captured its spirit is slowly broken, and after a valiant struggle it admits defeat and lies dormant on the jar’s bottom; later on, as Lily tries to free the bee, it refuses to exit the jar. Whether out of hopelessness or disbelief at the thought of freedom the bee wholeheartedly refuses to fly away. However, after some time the bee finally regains its previous vigor and leaves to rejoin its hive. Humans act much the same way; if we are separated from our group or otherwise prevented from going about our everyday tasks we start to frantically fight to regain what we have lost. For example, a child will more often than not cry out for attention if left alone for any significant length of time. Unfortunately, a healthy societal relationship is not always regained and in such cases a person will become withdrawn and depressed; even after an opportunity to rejoin society appears such people remain apart. Eventually, however a person will find the ability to return to the group; it may take some time, but these lost sheep will return to the flock. To that end, the bee in the jar would make an excellent museum display.
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The Secret Life of Bees is primarily about simple people; there is no mention of upper class or of luxuries. So, a museum display based on the book should be simple. Since
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