Morality In Society In Chris Cleave's 'Little Bee'

Morality can be separated into many entities, one of which being one’s willingness to personally sacrifice for someone else. One’s own mind may factor into one’s decision when put in a difficult situation, a situation as extreme as putting your own well-being on the line for someone else’s. Many people, when asked if they would help others at nearly any cost, would automatically answer yes; however, when faced with this type of hardship, one, more often than not, does what is in their self-interest. That, however, does not define whether one should help others or not. One is morally obligated to sacrifice their well-being for the benefit of another’s.
Struggle is not always selfmade. In Chris Cleave’s Little Bee (The Other Hand), Little Bee’s
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During her time at the immigration detention center, she come to find the sense of her own morality. She witnessed her own family being murdered and raped, thus causing her to say, “for six months of the detention center, I screamed every night and in the day I imagined a thousand ways to kill myself,” (Cleave 10). Little Bee’s thoughts are not caused because of her own actions. Due to her past experiences, she is forced to be put in this state of mind. One cannot deny someone’s personal dignity when confronting the basic need of giving and/or offering help. Sarah, during this time, is going through emotional struggle herself – dealing with the death of her husband, his suicide. Sarah’s struggle, in itself, is as well not self made, for she could do nothing to stop it. During this time, she still finds a way to help the well being of Little Bee. Mike LaBossiere’s…show more content…
Due to Little Bee watching the entirety of her family disappear, she was put into a state of lethargy – she was in need of someone to save her from her own mind. The entirety of her life was like a story, as she puts it, “I could not stop talking because now I had started my story, it wanted to be finished. We cannot choose where to start and stop. Our stories are the tellers of us, ” (Cleave 131). This correlates to the previous quote from Little Bee, where she was considering committing suicide, and in a way, completing the circle she made by somewhat playing a role in Sarah’s husband, Andrew’s, suicide. Sarah, as a English magazine editor, most likely could not fathom the position she would be put in shortly after she met Little Bee, the position of helping Little Bee in risk of her own self wellness. Moreover, because Little Bee’s struggle was not self made, and it put her into the situation she is in now, one would be prone to making the sacrifice. When looking at all the inputs, one’s decision of helping someone else can be determined by the past situations that the one in need has went

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