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The Secret Life of Bees

There are many quotes in Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees that discuss racism. The book provides an in-depth look at the racially divided South and how racism impacts people’s lives and...

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I am assuming you want to know about some of the metaphors used in The Secret Life of Bees. A metaphor is a way of explaining something in terms of something else, so if I say "Her smile was...

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June continues to reject Neil because she was about to marry someone else but was left at the altar. According to May, "June swore off men and said she would never get married" (page 152). June met...

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Lily does not feel in control of her own life. Lily has always related her life to nature. When she was little, she would feel comforted by the bees that came into her room. The bees fascinated...

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Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees follows the story of Lily Melissa Owens, a fourteen-year-old girl trapped in an abusive household with her terrifying father, T. Ray. After Rosaleen, the...

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The quote in chapter 11, "It takes honeybee workers ten million foraging trips to gather enough nectar to make one pound of honey" portrays the patience and perseverance of honeybees. Similar to...

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May Boatwright commits suicide by drowning. Though it comes as something of a shock, May's death is hardly a surprise. On the basis of the available evidence, it would seem that she was suffering...

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When looking into a hive the majority of bees are females. In order to locate the queen one must do exactly what the quote states. When you find a large group of bees surrounding a larger female...

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In chapter 7 the quote relates to bees and sexuality: How did bees ever become equated with sex? They do not live a riotous sex life themselves. A hive suggests cloister more than bordello. (—The...

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The relationship between Neil and June is an uneasy one, in spite of the fact that they clearly love one another. This is largely because of June, who is a very well-defended and mistrusting...

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Zach and Lily are attracted to each other and have a typical fourteen year old crush type of relationship, except they struggle with the fact that they are of different races. At first, Lily meets...

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The purpose of this quote is related to the overall message of the story The Secret Life of Bees. In this quote, it explores the idea that, were we able to join the bees, we would be immersed not...

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Internal conflict is very evident in Lily throughout the novel. She spends the entire novel fighting within herself over the loss of her mother. She knows that she was some how responsible for...

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One instance of foreshadowing occurs in Chapter 9, where the death of May is foreshadowed. In the scene in question, Zach has been put in jail, which for a black youth in that time and place was...

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The quote at the beginning of each chapter lets the reader know something about the theme, purpose, or plot of the chapter. I am going to discuss the quotes at the beginnings of the first four...

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It isn't clear what her exact diagnosis is, but May has some special needs, likely including intellectual differences. When confronted with sadness or tragedy, she often begins humming "Oh!...

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When The Secret Life of Bees first opens, Lily sets the tone for the abusive parenting she lives under through the torment of her father. One night when she thinks it's late enough, she sneaks out...

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In The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd presents a picture of the black woman that completely turns the stereotype upside down, displaying strong, independent, and united women in a time scarred...

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In Chapter 3 of The Secret Life of Bees, Rosaleen wakes and describes a bizarre dream she has had in which the Reverend Martin Luther King painted her toenails red with the spit from his mouth. In...

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Zach says this to Lily because in their world of South Carolina in 1964, an interracial couple is an impossibility. Zach is black, while Lily is white, and Lily dreams of becoming black so she can...

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In The Secret Life of Bees, Lily Owens transforms from a self-conscious, lost girl to a strong, capable young woman during her journey to learn the truth about her mother who died when she was four...

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One example of foreshadowing in Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees shows itself within the first few pages. Lily is fascinated by bees that mysteriously appear in her bedroom. She first sees...

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One allusion in chapter 1 of The Secret Life of Bees is found near the beginning of the chapter: Looking back on it now, I want to say the bees were sent to me. I want to say they showed up like...

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Chapter 7 starts with the following quote: How did bees ever become equated with sex? They do not live a riotous sex life themselves. The hive suggests cloister more than bordello. (The Queen Must...

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This is an important question. It is a good idea to pay attention to the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Now, you will notice that the queen bee is characterized as the "mother" of the...

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By including this information the author provides elements of foreshadowing and dramatic irony, pointing out the hypocrisy of the church in which Lily has grown up in a way that sets the stage for...

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Each of the epigraphs offers a comment about "the secret life of bees" that also serves as a focusing lens for the chapter it precedes. By reflecting on the human implication of the epigraph...

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Chapter 3 begins with an epitaph stating that "New beekeepers are told that the way to find the elusive queen is by first locating her circle of attendants." Lily is about to discover the...

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A bee's life is but short...many workers die before they have reached even that age. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter in The Secret Life of Bees serve to foreshadow events that will...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2011, 12:52 am (UTC)

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In The Secret Life of Bees, there are fourteen chapters, and in each, the beginning quote tells us about an important theme in the chapter, a way of using bees as a metaphor for the themes in the...

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In the novel, "The Secret Life of Bees," The "Calendar Sisters" are: April, May, June, and August Boatwright. The Boatwright sisters live together in a pink house in Tiburon, South Carolina....

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It is important to realise how the Black Madonna has a number of different meanings in this novel and is therefore a very important symbol. Most prominently, however, it is clear that the Black...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2011, 10:19 pm (UTC)

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The epigraph at the beginning of chapter 14 simply means that a hive of bees without a queen can become a very sad and mournful place. In a beehive, the queen is the giver of life. Without her, the...

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When Lily says that people would rather die than forgive, she may be referring to several people in the novel. One is herself. She has been walking around with the memory of her mother's death...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2009, 6:44 pm (UTC)

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Lily's comment about "poor news reporting" shows in a humorous way that in her childlike view of the world, the things that are happening to her personally are the most important; she still has the...

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In an interview, Sue Monk Kidd said that she envisioned the Virgin Mary as the queen bee in the story:I discovered bees were considered a symbol of the soul, of death and rebirth. I will never...

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The Secret Life of Bees was written by Sue Monk Kidd and published in 2002. It is set in South Carolina in 1964 and tells the story of fourteen-year-old Lily Melissa Owens, who leaves an unhappy...

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Lily and Zach's relationship begins with friendship. Lily says the first time they meet, "We're going to be friends" (117). For each of them, in their first encounter, there is a bit of...

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Interpreting this quote depends on the way the reader understands who is referred to as “the honeybee,” who “her sisters” are meant to represent, and who (if anyone) specifically is to “die.” While...

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In The Secret Life of Bees, Lily continues to seek the truth about her mother by spending time with the Boatwright sisters. Her fascination with bees has been realized as August keeps bees and is...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2014, 12:07 pm (UTC)

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Up until this point in history, the moon was something of a mystery. August is in awe of the moon and personifies it with a sense of religious respect. She also understands that the power it...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2010, 10:20 pm (UTC)

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This novel contains fourteen chapters, each preceded by an epigraph that previews a thematic topic in the chapter to come. Lily is fourteen when the novel begins and when she embarks on her...

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The relationship between Lily and Rosaleen does have some mother-daughter aspects. Remember that Lily is motherless, and Rosaleen is the adult female in the household. She takes care of Lily,...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2011, 12:42 am (UTC)

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This is quite a broad subject, so I will give you an example of each of the literary terms you mentioned. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd tells the story of Lily Owens, a young girl...

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While some think of the queen bee as being August, another possible interpretation is that the queen is Lily’s mother. Lily on her quest to understand herself, is searching for her mother...

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In The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, the main character Lily is a girl growing up in the American South. Lily lives a life of isolation and ostracism from her community growing up because...

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The following quote is from the novel The Secret Life of Bees, We can't think of changing our skin. Change the world- that's how we gotta think. The meaning of this quote is based upon the fact...

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In the rising action of the story, we learn of Lily's mother's death as viewed through the eyes of a four year old child. Lily's miserable life with her father leads her to rely on Rosaleen, her...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2010, 1:22 am (UTC)

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After Rosaleen confronts Lily and accuses her of living in a dream land with the Boatwright sisters, Lily leaves to spend some time with Zach. When she returns to their room, she finds Rosaleen...

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'It separates out the honey,' she said. 'Takes out the bad stuff, leaves in the good. I've always thought how nice it would be to have spinners like this for human beings...' Lily has come to...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2010, 9:18 am (UTC)

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