What are some similarities between Lily in The Secret Life of Bees and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Both of these girls are at a critical time in their lives. Scout is entering school for the first time, and Lily is entering adolescence with its endless questioning of life. Both girls have lost their mothers, but in radically different ways. Both have an African American maternal figure in their lives, Calpurnia for Scout and Rosaleen for Lily. Both have an antagonistic influence in their lives to conform to the accepted standards of their day. Lily's dad tries to make her conform to a proper girl's life, and Aunt Alexandra tries to make Scout into a young lady. However, the differences between them are much greater.

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