Lily Owens has a dysfunctional relationship with T-Ray

Lily Owens has a dysfunctional relationship with T-Ray, her father; he mourns for his wife’s death, leading him to have violent tendencies towards Lily — verbal abuse, unreasonable punishments, physical detachment. Over the course of the narrative, T-Ray transforms, albeit gradually, from a negative character to one who is ready to embrace a more positive relationship with Lily by the end of the story. His trip to Tiburon is evidence of the fact that he still cares for his daughter and Lily’s call to her father is an example of her readiness to build a stronger relationship with him. Lily Owens has a dysfunctional relationship with T-Ray, her father; he mourns for his wife’s death, leading him to have violent tendencies towards Lily — verbal abuse, unreasonable punishments, physical detachment. Over the course of the narrative, T-Ray transforms, albeit gradually, from a negative character to one who is ready to embrace a more positive relationship with Lily by the end of the story. His trip to Tiburon is evidence of the fact that he still cares for his daughter and Lily’s call to her father is an example of her readiness to build a stronger relationship with him.