Did Beka show an appreciation for her culture or the culture of others? Please explain.I just would like to know if came up in the book and how or where.

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I believe that Beka is evolving. Just like other teens, she accepts some of the values of her culture and the culture of others, and rejects others. She is interested in her Granny Ivy's ideas, and Granny Ivy is interested in maintaining the Creole culture, but she does not accept all of Granny's ideas. She listens to her father's ideas about the future of Belize, and accepts some of them and rejects others. She is aware of how the Creoles are not treated equally, and she is angry about this. She does not like the way the sisters have treated her friend Toycie, which has partly to do with the fact that Toycie is a Creole. She also realizes that everyone looks down on National Vellor, and yet, Beka finds some very redeeming things about National - especially when it is National that saves Toycie's life.

Beka is a character that hopefully will combine the best of the past and present from all of the cultures and beliefs represented in Belize and mold her country's future into something better  for everyone.

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