Lily’s insecurity is displayed through her actions in school when encountering the more popular girls, “I started picking scabs off my body and, when I didn’t have any, gnawing the flesh around my fingernails until I as a bleeding wreck” (Kidd 9). For instance, Lily’s act of shying away from others and picking at her scabs helped to emphasize her discomfort when people she considered her betters, in style at least, surrounding Lily and reminding her about her own less than satisfactory personal looks. Furthermore, her self-consciousness, along with her inborn daringness led her to run away from home, and take Rosaleen with her. In brief, the lack of parental guidance for Lily led her to be slightly unstable, and embarrassed about herself in general led her to run away from home, and the instability caused her to start stealing and lying.
Adaptation of The Secret Live of Bees The Secret Live of Bees is a fiction written by American writer Sue Monk kidd and published in 2001. The story sets in the South Caroline in 1964. It narrates a fourteen-year old white girl Lily suffers from her memory which she shocked her mother in accident. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with her caregiver who is black woman to South Caroline town where holds the secrets about Lily’s mother’s past.
The Secret Life of Bees Journal Entry 1 “I wanted to tell T. Ray that any girl would love a silver charm bracelet, that in fact last year I was the only girl at Sylvan Junior without one…”-Lily Owens Chapter 1 pg. 21. In the book so far, the main character is the type of person who is lonely trying to find ways to belong in certain environments and find him or herself and at the same time they aren’t afraid to keep trying.
The Secret Life of Bees is a novel written by Sue Monk Kidd and it is about a girl named Lily who runs away from home with her maid Rosaleen to a honey house to get away from danger and racism. In the house Lily finds out secrets about her dead mother. When cruelty is represented in the story it can be helpful in contributing to the overall theme or message. Racism occurs throughout the story and it helps develop the theme of anyone can over look stereotypes.
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 Kidd’s novel, The Secret Life of Bees, the author alludes to a bombing of a Baptist church in Birmingham to emphasize the terror that multiple characters, such as May, felt. In the novel, August clarifies the meaning of the wailing wall to Lily with one of the events that caused May’s sadness, “Birmingham, Sept 15, four little angels dead” (98). To further explain, the church in Birmingham had a large African-American congregation and served as a meeting place for civil rights leaders. Therefore, the Ku Klux Klan felt intimidated, so on September 15, they bombed the church and killed four little girls. So with the result of that, the Ku Klux Klan members hoped to scare African-Americans from trying to earn their civil rights.
Sue Monk Kidd once said, "In a way, humans are not made of skin and bones as such, as we're made of stories" ("Sue Monk Kidd Quotes"). Through her novels, Sue Monk Kidd tells people's stories. She writes realistic accounts of every day people and the hardships they encounter. Of course, many people have stories that include mature content, but the purpose of telling them is all the same; she wants to make others aware of issues that are present in today's society. The Secret Life of Bees is the story of a girl who runs away from her life along with her black "stand-in mother".
Throughout The Secret Life of Bees bees play a recurring role in the novel, repeatably being mentioned during the novel in epigrams before the start of each chapter and within the story itself. Unfortunately, on certain occasions the reason why bees are included in a certain part of the story can be unclear and confusing to readers, causing them to occasionally misinterpret the importance of bees throughout the novel. Regardless, the bees throughout play a very important role in understanding many of the themes and symbolism that Kidd included within the novel. In The Secret Life of Bees Kidd symbolizes Lily’s experiences and situations through the bees frequently present in the novel to show that seemingly different things can function in the same way.
There are 25,000 types of bees in the whole world. Bees are a very important part of our life. They provide one out of three bites of food that end up on our table. The bees work non-stop, pollinating everything they can to provide food for their own, and in turn, give us our needed crops. Of one hundred crops, seventy are pollinated by bees.
A bees Niche is to mostly make honey but they make the honey by getting nectar from flowers and plants. They pollinate the blossom and that will turn it into food like fruit and vegetables for us to eat. Another Niche for bees is to balance out the food chain like bears come and eat their honey for their main source of food. Bees also eat other insects or decompose bigger animals for food.
One of the themes presented by Sue Monk Kidd in, “The Secret Life of Bees” is pushing boundaries. In the book, Lily runs away from her abusive father and stays at a beekeepers house where she would be safe. This beekeepers house is a black family and while she stayed there and everyone was constantly pushing boundaries. The story relates to the article written by Nadra Kareem Nittle which was called, “How the Freedom Riders Movement Began”. This article was about a group of people called freedom riders traveling together to end the Jim Crow laws or other known as, racist laws.
Prompt #1 From the passage in chapter eleven, there are a lot of examples of symbolism that contribute to Lily and Zach’s relationship. The quote “Sometimes I would feel like I was hooked on the chain with them.” is a good example that resembles how Lily felt with the fish attached to her (Kidd 230). When those boys tied the living fish to Lily, she was completely freaked out and scared. When Zach explains how he knows what it is like to be hooked on a chain, it symbolizes his feelings towards Lily that she was not alone.