Character Analysis: Secret Life Of Bees

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Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”-Thomas Carlyle. In the novel Secret Life of Bees, Lily is a harmless, kind hearted girl who has experienced much in the short life she has lived. The last time Lily has felt kindness, gentleness, and love was when her mother was alive. “People who think dying is the worst thing don’t know a thing about life (2).” Lily is lost in her head, she doesn't know how to stick up for herself. She takes in all the abuse, both mentally and physically from T.Ray and she blames everything on herself. Throughout the novel Lily gains her confidence, bravery and strength by standing up to the challenges she faces throughout experiencing new cultures and way of knowledge.
As the Novel went on Lily started to feel a connection with her mother. It was like a little warmth in the empty spot of the missing piece in her heart. That was changing Lilly slowly. She was starting to stick up for herself against T.Ray. Lilly had just about enough. Lilly was also starting to gain back most of her emotions that she had once
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“When a bee flies, a soul will rise.” (page 206). She learns to forgive her mother, but mostly herself. She also learns that putting yourself down is not the right way to live and is not the answer. So eventually, Lilly tries to forgive her father too. Unfortunately T.Ray can not get anything out of his head. But that doesn't stop Lilly from becoming the amazing person she was always supposed to be.
In the novel, Secret Life of Bees, Lilly has major changes in her life. Throughout the novel Lilly struggles to find her true self. But eventually she ends up figuring out everything. Lilly had a very rough start to her life. But this makes her become stronger than everyone else that had it easy. She becomes a better person

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