Little Bee

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HOPE OR DEATH

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” ― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.

Hope is bared through out the novel “Little Bee”. Little Bee suffered from the most perplexing experiences that a refugee has to face, due to society, and misfortunate circumstances that she is fleeing from in her Homeland Nigeria. Hope is the core survival tool for Little Bee and other characters in this novel. Hope is the only thing some of these characters have, and without hope death seems like the only other option.

“In a few breaths time I will speak sad words to you. But you must hear them the same way we have agreed to see scars now. Sad words are just another beauty. A sad story means this story teller is alive.” (P40). Little Bee uses hope to persuade herself that she still has the possibility of living, while also acknowledging the horrors in the world, and looking back on her past. Seeing that sari and Yevette have survived to wear their scars give Little Bee hope she might live to show her scars as well. "And Bee, you take my phone and you go up on the embankment and you call the police. Then you wait for them, so you can show them where we are when they arrive." (P52). At this point of the novel hope is expressed through the readers. I partook nervousness for Little Bee as I read. My hopes for Little Bee levitated when the cops arrived. I was nervous that after all she has been through she was going to end up back in a detention center for not having the right paper work. When Little Bee was arrested I know the only mechanism she had was hope from keeping her from breaking down. Little Bee is still a teenager, and most teenagers would have given up at the beach in Nigeria when her sister...
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