Truth Exposed In The Secret Life Of Bees

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a small town, without a mom, and with an abusive dad? In the book The Secret Life of Bees, it takes you through the life of Lily Owens, a young girl who learns many truths about life. With the help of several people along the way, Lily learns about her late mother and learns to be a better person. She comes to learn about racism, the power of women, the impact of love on life, and she learns the key to forgiveness. Lily figures out a truth about white and black people. The truth that she learns is that black and white people are equal, don’t judge people by their skin color. Towards the beginning of the book, Lily believed what she was taught, that black people are not smart or beautiful, she …show more content…

Lily was talking about the Mary statue when she states “that she was strong and consistent and had a mother’s heart” which shows the power that women have (Kidd 109). The fact “that [Mary] [is] strong and consistent and ha[s] a mother's’ heart” shows women’s power because it shows what women have to offer, that most of which are equal to men (Kidd 109). In addition, Lily was talking to the Mary statue and says that “[Mary] [is] the mother of thousands” this shows the importance of women in society (Kidd 164). The Mary statue being “the mother of thousands” shows the importance of women because it is saying that this woman is the source of all life, and without her, we wouldn’t exist (Kidd 164). Similarly, Lily quickly comes to find out that women are just as powerful as men are, when T-Ray came to get Lily, “[they] had to open up [their] little wall of women” which symbolizes feminine power (Kidd 298). When “they had to open up [their] little wall of women” it symbolized the power that women have because they were allowing a strong man through their wall (Kidd 298). Therefore, gender does not justify how strong, smart, or powerful someone

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