After reading the novel The Secret Life of Bees, it would be easy to think that the main theme is discrimination or family, but in reality it is actually focused on the toll that mental illness takes on a family. The protagonist of this novel, Lily Owens, has always had a troublesome life. Both her parents, Terrence Owens, also known as T. Ray, and Deborah Fontanel are ridden with illness, sadly caused from each other. Lily also meets a new family in this novel after running away from her cruel father who abuses her. This family is also dealing with mental illness.
Lulu also seemed to be liked by her kids,”Lulu managed to make the younger boys obey perfectly...while the older ones adored her to the point that they did not tolerate anything less from anyone else”(114). In “Love Medicine” the two mothers Lulu and Marie both show that they are strong mothers who have quite a lot of influence on the people around them and seem to be the most important characters in the novel. The two are showed in a brilliant way by Louise Erdrich that shows how their own experiences in their past, shapes how they run their families in the
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is a compelling story about a young girl living in the 1960s. The main character, Lily, is 14 years old, but has the mindset of a 60 year old. She runs away from her abusive dad to live with 3 black, sister beekeepers in Tiburon, South Carolina. This was the only place in the world she knew of to go because her now dead mother had kept a label from the sisters’ honey jars. While living with the sisters, she learns many life lessons and grow as a person.
In Sue Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees, Kidd has the allusion Jane Eyre as a comparison for Lily and her journey throughout the book. The Secret Life of Bees has the allusion of Jane Eyre, with the comparison of Jane to Lily. “‘It’s about [Jane Eyre] a girl whose mother died when she was little,’ she said. Then she looked at me in a way that made my stomach tip over, the same way it’s tipped over when she’d told me about Beatrix” (131). In Jane Eyre, Jane is brought up in an abusive home, after which she is sent away to an abusive boarding school.
Lily Melissa Owens, also known as Lily is the protagonist in the book The Secret Life of Bees. She lives in 1964 which is in also know and is turning 14. I feel sympathy for her because she has lost her mother when she was about 4 years old and her father, isn’t a nice person. He is mean and sets harsh rules for her and always tells her that her mother died because of her. On the other hand, Rosaleen, a black woman who worked at the peach farm which Lily’s father owned is like Lily’s mother.
In the novel Secret Life of Bees there are many characters with interesting backgrounds and unique characteristics. They each serve a purpose in the book to support the main character, push the character in a certain direction, and send a message to the readers.The character in the novel of Secret Life of Bees that Kidd makes me particularly admire is August Boatwright. August breaks the stereotype of black women in the South during this period. She lives in her own home with her two sisters and runs a successful business. Although she was once a housekeeper for Lily's mother, August also graduated from college and became a high school teacher.
The Secret Lives of People The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, is an interesting story that connects human lives to bees. The story takes place in 1964 during the Civil Rights Movement and fourteen year-old Lily Owens leaves her abusive father and her home in Sylvan, South Carolina to go to Tiburon with hopes to find information on her mother. Throughout the story, Lily struggles with many internal conflicts and also meets several mother figures along the way. In the story, Kidd’s use of characterization successfully reveals the theme that people's lives are more complex than they appear. Kidd demonstrates this theme using the characterization of Lily, T. Ray, May, and Deborah.
In addition, Annie continued to convince Kate on why she is the right person to help Helen when she mentioned that Dr. Howe taught her all she needed to know. Kate began to warm up to Annie and wondered how a young girl like her would have enough confidence to teach Helen. Annie persuaded Kate and as a result, she gave her the job to take care of Helen. Kate seems to like that Annie has a sense of humor, and this can allow for both women to relate to each other. Kate feels good about Annie and welcomed her into her home when she said: “...We’ll do all we can to help, and to make you feel at home.
Stories about children have always captivated humans young and old. From poems and short books written for children about children to autobiographies written about childhood for adults, youth has always been a fascinating topic. Perhaps this is because childhood brings a unique innocence and magic to any story. Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees and Leo Tolstoy’s Childhood both detail scenes from the protagonist’s childhood. In the first chapter of The Secret Life of Bees, Kidd describes her protagonist’s living father, deceased mother, and how they relate to the bees she becomes fascinated with one summer.
The Secret Life of Bees The novel The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, demonstrates racism with stereotypes and on how a fourteen-year-old girl named Lilly Owens struggles with her own racism. She assumes that like Rosaleen, all African Americans are uneducated housekeepers. But when Rosaleen and Lilly run away from T. Ray’s house in search for information about Lilly’s mother. They encounter a black, women named August Boatwright and her two sisters June and May Boatwright. August surprises Lilly that a black person can be creative, sensitive, and smart.
Along foreshadowing, the bee quotes helped show the similarities between the bee and human society. I believe Sue Monk Kidd included these quotes to compare similar aspects of both the life of bees and humans, as well as give the readers a deeper and better understanding of the chapters’ meanings. The plot of “The Secret Life of the Bees” almost mirrors the society of bees, and allows the reader a glimpse of how the bees’ culture could have many affects on the human culture. The quotes supplied the readers with factual information about bees so the readers won’t be confused while reading each chapter. Though there were many great bee quotes throughout the book, the quote that stood out the most to me was the one on page 189: “A bee’s life is
Since it is Autumn season, Burt’s Bees created a new pumpkin spice chapstick favor to add to their collection. Although this ad that I saw is just another sponsored social media advertisement that everyone gets to see, I believe that Burt 's Bees did it right by creating a relevant to everyone spin on their new product and the advertisement that goes with it (pumpkin spice chapstick and pumpkin covered ad). Everyone is in love with the fall time in different ways and the festive pumpkin flavors that go with it, so seeing such advertisement made me happy and in need for one of those pumpkin chapsticks just because I simply love fall and the holidays it brings. In between of watching the new MTV love show called “Are you the One?” I came across
Shashawnda Campbell Reading Prompt #7 For colored girls… 1. Indicate two sentences or thoughts you found well written. What makes each a strong sentence? -"& she wanted to be unforgettable - she wanted to be a memory - a wound to every man - arragant enough to want her- she waz the wrath -of women in windows"(30) This is strong because it shows that love is so powerful it can make you do crazy things just to feel it for a quick second. -“I found god in myself & I loved her/ I loved her fiercely”(63) This quote is so strong because it means so much because people would think she found like God but she was symbolizing how she found herself, and she loved her.