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Here is a good quote that establishes how much racism is a part of Lily’s life. “…It washed over me for the first time in my life how much importance the world had ascribed to skin pigment, how...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2010 6:42 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2015 3:52 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2018 12:42 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2019 3:13 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2018 6:06 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2016 1:48 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2018 8:24 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2019 5:44 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2016 9:39 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2019 9:51 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2019 8:17 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2016 5:34 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2010 1:56 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2008 7:55 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2015 11:13 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2016 12:14 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2008 11:34 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2019 5:12 pm UTC

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The best section of this great novel that can be used to answer this question is Chapter Twelve, which is when Lily finally has a long overdue chat with August about why she came and her past. Up...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2011 10:36 pm UTC

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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....

Latest answer posted December 14, 2009 4:44 am UTC

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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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When 14-year-old Lily Owens runs away from home and her abusive father, she finds solace in small town Tiburon, South Carolina where her deceased mother had ties. The moment she steps up to the...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2018 5:56 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2009 10:44 pm UTC

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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!...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2019 6:14 pm UTC

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Forgiveness is a theme that runs deep in The Secret Life of Bees as Lily struggles to forgive herself, her father, and her mother. From the opening pages, Lily is tormented with a memory of her...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2019 11:58 am UTC

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Lily, the main character in The Secret Life of Bees (Kidd), begins the book as a disengaged, troubled, sheltered, and insecure teen. Her quest to solve the mystery of her mother's life takes her on...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2016 3:10 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2017 9:42 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2019 6:34 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2019 9:05 pm UTC

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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 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...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2008 6:06 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2019 12:14 am 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...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2018 6:45 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2019 4:16 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2016 8:47 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2019 9:43 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2011 11:41 pm UTC

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In the “Secret Life of Bees,” Lily Owens doesn't have much incentive to hang around home. Her father beats her, her mother is dead, and Rosealeen is jailed and beaten by racists as she registers to...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2008 10:54 am UTC

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1) In The Secret Life of Bees, Lily has never been able to recover from her mother's death and her unexplained obsession with bees- real or imagined - drives her search for meaning and acceptance:...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2014 6:38 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...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2015 2:56 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...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2010 1:27 pm UTC

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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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Rosaleen and Lily had just come from the church where they had stolen some church fans. As they walked toward town so Rosaleen could registar to vote, three men playing cards at the Esso station...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2008 10:02 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2016 4:06 pm UTC

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I hate to hedge in answering a question, but this is a question that truly could be answered either way. I am going to list some of the elements of character development that argue for a flat...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2015 4:16 pm UTC

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I think this metaphor is also meant to evoke the Black Mary, which we learn about in Chapter 4 of The Secret Life of Bees, in the same scene in which Lily and Rosaleen first meet May. Black Mary is...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2015 7:22 pm UTC

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The first five chapters introduce themes that are carried throughout the book. Themes such as love and belonging, importance of a mother, sense of identity/self, and racism are prevalent throughout...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2010 6:46 am UTC

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You might want to answer this question by refering to the quotes that the author uses to start each chapter, each of which refers to a work of non-fiction about bees and beekeeping. For example,...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 8:27 pm UTC

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In chapter 1 of The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kid, Lily tells us about her life. This chapter serves as an introduction to her character, and we learn about her by learning about her...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2019 2:24 pm UTC

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Bees are powerful symbols in The Secret Life of Bees (Kidd), in addition to being part of the plot structure. At the beginning of each chapter, a quotation from a book about bees features some...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2016 3:12 pm UTC

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