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The Secret Life of Bees

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sedaja suell

on 25 February 2011

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Transcript of The Secret Life of Bees

Exposition:
Characters:
Lily is the main character and protagonist of the novel. She must work to overcome the plot’s major conflict, which is that she must learn about her dead mother in order to understand her own life. Lily finally overcomes this conflict when she confronts the novel’s antagonist, T. Ray.
Rosaleen

Rosaleen becomes the Owens family’s housekeeper after Lily’s mother dies. She is a large, African-American woman who is not certain of her age. Rosaleen becomes like a mother to Lily.

T. Ray Owens

T. Ray is Lily’s father, whom she calls “T. Ray.” He is the novel’s antagonist, or the force that provides an obstacle for the protagonist. T. Ray is a cruel man who pays little attention to Lily aside from yelling at her and disciplining her harshly. T. Ray makes Lily’s life miserable and will not tell her anything about her mother except that Lily was responsible for her death.

Setting:The novel is set in South Carolina during the turbulent time frame of 1964. The civil rights movement is well underway. The author draws from many of her own memories of this time and the profound emotional and political turmoil associated with the civil rights movement and the racial tension of the period. The Secret Life of Bees
BY: Sue Monk Kidd

Rising action: is the action that will lead to the climax (or the major turning point in the plot). In this novel the rising action is everything that happens before Lily confronts T. Ray. Falling Action:The Secret Life of Bees occurs in Chapter Fourteen when Lily confronts T. Ray in the pink house. Lily is having difficulty deciding what kind of woman she wants to be without the direction of a mother. When Lily confronts T. Ray she makes the decision not to live with him any longer. Resolution where Lily replaces her “queen” and starts over. Throughout the novel, Lily has been in search of herself as much as she has been in search of her mother. Learning the truth about her mother--both that Deborah left her and that she was responsible for Deborah’s death-- allows Lily to begin the process of forgiving them both. In forgiving, Lily is set free to start fresh. Because she freed herself from T. Ray, Lily gives herself the opportunity for a bright future and finally learns what it is like to be part of a loving family. Lily, who has been lost without a queen, finds a series of new queens in the new women in her life as well as in Mary Resolution: Throughout the novel, Lily has been in search of herself as much as she has been in search of her mother. Learning the truth about her mother--both that Deborah left her and that she was responsible for Deborah’s death-- allows Lily to begin the process of forgiving them both. In forgiving, Lily is set free to start fresh. Because she freed herself from T. Ray, Lily gives herself the opportunity for a bright future and finally learns what it is like to be part of a loving family. Lily, who has been lost without a queen, finds a series of new queens in the new women in her life as well as in Mary Climax: when Lily finally confronts T. Ray and learns that she shot her mother. Theme:Most people don’t have any idea about all the complicated life going on inside a hive. Bees have a secret life we don’t know anything about” Quote: "People who think dying is the worst dont know a thing about life" Point of View:First-person, limited. The narrator of this story is Lily. We have access to her thoughts, but not to the thoughts of the other characters.

MLA:Sue Monk Kidd. The Secret Life of Bees.Carolina: USA Penguin,2008 BY: SeDaja Suell
1st period
Febuary 17,2011
Novel project
C.Landew
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