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From the conflict in Of Bees and Mist we learn to be grateful and kindto those close to us because they could be gone in an instantMeridias father never treated her with respect or showed love andaffection When he falls ill and is dying he finally realizes howhorribly he has treated his wife and his daughter He knows that nomatter what he does he will never be able to feel a connection with hisfamily Daniel Meridias husband begins to cheat on Meridia and bickerwith her constantly When Meridia finally works up the courage to leavehim he cannot stand the fact that he will never see his son again norfeel loved by her When Meridias sister-in-law Permony marries astrange man named Ahab Meridia knows she should tell Permony that sheshould leave him but she keeps to herself Permony ends up being killedby Ahab I think that Meridia would want to be told if anyone hadsuspicions toward her husband If she would have told Permony she couldhave saved her life The conflict in this story illustrates thattreating others with respect and how you wish to be treated is a veryimportant part of our lives Character MotivationMeridias main motivation in this novel is Self Respect She will doanything to make sure she is the most confident person in the room evenif she seems obtrusive When Meridia leaves Daniel she knows that somepeople will think shes making the wrong decision but she also knowsthat many will think she is brave She knew she needed to do the bestthing for herself Meridia would constantly voice her opinions to Danieland his family Whenever Daniels mother Eva treated Meridia withdisrespect Meridia didnt let her opinions affect her and respondedwith a snappy quip This novel takes place in Medieval Times so womenhad few rights Even so Meridia opened her own jewelry shop became asingle mother and owned her own home At the end of the novel shebecame a respected and successful woman who
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