The Bumblebee Flies Anyway Summary
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway treats a number of tensions central to the human condition: love and hate, selflessness and selfishness, optimism and pessimism, joy and suffering, victory and defeat, courage and fear, beauty and ugliness. Set in an experimental hospital for the dying, the novel portrays a group of teen-age boys preparing to die while hoping to contribute to the lives of others. Searching for meaning in life, the realistic characters speak their minds and reveal their emotions. Readers empathize with Mazzo's pain, Allie Roon's helplessness, Billy the Kid's loyalty, and Barney Snow's love, courage, and selflessness.
Despite the harsh realities of death and dying presented in this novel, Cormier adroitly weaves an optimistic story of the boys' efforts to make life not only bearable but worthwhile. This depiction of adolescents courageously facing pain, suffering, and imminent death is ultimately inspiring.
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Robert Cormier Biographies (5)
11,878 words, approx. 40 pages
Biography Essay"Teen-agers' Laureate," the title conferred upon Robert Cormier by Tony Schwartz in Newsweek (16 July 1979), is fittingly bestowed upon this widely read and critically acclaimed author ...
4,763 words, approx. 16 pages
"Terrorism, suicide, child murder, betrayal, personality destruction, and governmental and religious corruption." They might seem more like topics for television movies-of-the-week than themes for you...
6,044 words, approx. 21 pages
Robert Cormier began his life in the French-Canadian section of Leominster, Massachusetts on January 17, 1925. "We lived in a three-story tenement. I remember my mother and father heating up the water...
3,856 words, approx. 13 pages
While Robert Cormier began his career writing fiction for adults, The Chocolate War (1974) established his reputation as an author of young adult literature. He says that he writes novels with young p...
15,425 words, approx. 52 pages
[This entry was updated by Sylvia Patterson Iskander (University of Southwestern Louisiana) from her entry in the Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography, volume 6, pp. 34-51.]"Teen-agers' L...
Essays & Analysis (4)
318 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Zena Sutherland
In [The Bumblebee Flies Anyway], a story that is as trenchant as it is poignant, Cormier shows the courage and desperation of adolescents who know that their deaths a...
133 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Hazel Rochman
With the grimmest of subjects Cormier has written his most affirmative novel [The Bumblebee Flies Anyway]…. The book has some serious flaws, notably in the depic...
122 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Sally Estes
Subtle foreshadowing and well-crafted metaphors and similes [in The Bumblebee Flies Anyway] enable readers to mentally visualize setting, action, and characters; and ther...
128 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by W. Geiger Ellis
What's a person to say? He's done it again. Cormier is Cormier. [The Bumblebee Flies Anyway] is consistent with his other successes by focusing on the s...