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What is one example of foreshadowing that Sue Monk Kidd uses in Secret Life of Bees?

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jgwirki | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 22, 2012 at 1:57 AM via web

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What is one example of foreshadowing that Sue Monk Kidd uses in Secret Life of Bees?

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sarahc418 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted August 22, 2012 at 2:21 AM (Answer #1)

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The picture of the black Mary on the jar of honey at the beginning of the novel symbolizes a mother figure. To Lily, it symbolizes her own mother and leads to her search for her mother. Lily finding the jar and the image of Mary foreshadows Lily's search for the truth about her mother and her eventual meeting with August. Lily's relationship with August is foreshadowed to be a mother-daughter relationship. It is clear throughout that August takes on a surrogate mother role to Lily. 

The other important image at the beginning of the story are the bees that are flying around Lily's room. These bees help foreshadow, again, Lily meeting the Boatwright sisters and developing a deep, meaningful relationship with them. 

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