Ivan Varghese Lauve – 6th 2/18/07 Comparison Essay: Bless Me Ultima & The Secret Life of Bees They need to find

their path in life. They have to struggle between good and evil. They must reclaim their past to discover their future. Antonio from Bless Me Ultima and Lily from The Secret Life of Bees both face problems but in the end, the light at the end of the tunnel shines. Although there are similarities between Bless Me Ultima and The Secret Life of Bees there are, obviously, notable differences. The similarities are pretty apparent between the two books. They are both a “coming-of-age” story and they both have a couple of plot parallels. For example, Antonio has to find his true calling and Lily has to follow her mother’s past. In both books, mentions of religion are very widespread. Religion is one of the most important factors in the books and it influences the story a lot. Another noted similarity is the use of allusions, metaphors, and imagery. Even though there are many similarities, there are some very striking differences. The most noted of them is the difference of the gender in the novel. Bless Me Ultima, is geared towards all readers, but The Secret Life of Bees is generally a girl’s novel. For example, in The Secret Life of Bees, Lily falls in love with Zachary but in Bless Me Ultima, Antonio is not shown to be in love. Also, The Secret Life of Bees takes on more feminine topics. In Bless Me Ultima, Antonio is faced with a decision that will alter his outlook on life,

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Ivan Varghese Lauve – 6th 2/18/07 but in A Secret Life of Bees, Lily is trying to escape her father and search her mother’s past. Also both novels are set in two different time periods. Bless Me Ultima takes place during and after World War II and A Secret Life of Bees take place during the Civil Rights Movement. They both produce different aspects in a teenager’s life and they both portray cultural problems. In conclusion, there are many similarities and differences in the novels. They are both written during a stressful time period and religion is mentioned a lot. But they have different outlooks on those problems and the struggles the main characters face are different. Overall, both books were wonderful and they showed us the social problems of the past and enlightened us on how to prevent them in the future.

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