The Secret Life Of Bees By Sue Monk Kidd

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In the historic fiction novel “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd, Lily wants a mother more than anything in the world. But her past holds her back from love. So she runs away to three loving African american women who show her what a mother is and how she had always had one. In the book “The Secret Life of Bees” Lily struggles to feel love without her mother. With the help of an unlikely friend, Lily finds all the love she needed right inside of her heart and soul. This shows that love comes in many different forms. One example in this novel that shows all kinds of love is when T-ray finally frees Lily. Giving his daughter a better life. Lily then knows that there is love surrounding her. Coming from all the African American women ready to embrace her and give her a chance at life. This passage shows how they are all there for her, ready to do whatever she needs. “ This is the moment I remember clearest of all. How I stood in the driveway looking back at them. The sight of them standing there waiting. All these women, all this love, waiting. I looked one last …show more content…

This is the forbidden moment that connected Lily with the mother she had always had, but never noticed. “ I reached out and traced black Mary’s heart with my finger. I stood with the petals on my toes, and pressed my palm flat and hard against her heart. I live in a hive of darkness, and you are my mother, I told her. You are the mother of thousands,”(184). This passage shows Lily embracing the love of a mother in forms she thought impossible. For all she craved was a mother figure, but what she got was so much better. This is because Mary will stay with her for the long run. Giving love support and strength along the way. Being more of a mother than Lily could have asked for. Which ties in with the thesis that in life love has no restrictions, reaching you even in your darkest

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