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The Secret Life of Bees

a novel by Sue Monk Kidd
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stefanie banks

on 10 January 2013

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Transcript of The Secret Life of Bees

quotes Sue Monk Kidd Lily Owens is the narrator, 1st person Author's Style & Structure AUthor's Beliefs the major theme in the novel The Secret Life of Bees is mostly expressed in the title. Main theme of the Novel The Secret Life of Bees to inform readers about
the racial divide during the
1960's. Sue based Rosaleen off
of her own real nanny she had
when she was growing up during
60's in the South. Born and raised in Sylvester, Georgia on
August 12, 1948. Graduated from Texas Christian University
in 1970 with a Bachelors degree and began working as a nurse in Fort Worth Texas In 1977 she began to write the Secret Life of Bees novel. The context included experiences she had growing up during the 1960's in the South. Kidd's famous novel was published in 2002 and
was a nominee for orange prize for excellence
in women's fiction. The novel was released by
Fox Searchlight as a movie in 2008. the author uses metaphors, similes, and bees as symbols. Sue uses symbols to describe the secret life of not only people, but bees in their hive too. The bees are a metaphor of life. Uses Southern dialect and character development. Lily changes throughout the story when she learns more about her mother from August Boatwright statement from August Boatwright, "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." (p. 148) Sue Monk Kidd uses symbolism to describe that most people in our lives aren't exactly as they seem on the outside. Everyone has their own secret life beneath hidden away that we don't see, for example; life in a bee hive. Your Jar is open... You gotta imagine what's never been Purpose Implicit Explicit Also, Sue Monk Kidd wanted to
persuade the readers to open their
minds about civil rights and expose
the readers to discrimination in the
deep South between blacks and whites .“There is nothing perfect,” August said from the doorway. “There is only life.” p. 148 The author implies her beliefs through August Boatwright which is you should always forgive, and with forgiveness love conquers all. Bees have a secret life and so do we. Kidd believes everyone should be treated equal. she expresses her beliefs in the novel when Lily falls in love with Zachary Taylor and changes her views on black people. Overview Lily Owens is the protagonist of the novel, she is fourteen years old. At the age of four, she accidentally shot her mother and killed her. T.Ray, which whom is her angry dad invents cruel punishments like kneeling on grits till Lily's knees are sore. Also, he is still bitter about his wife's death. Rosaleen is an african american nanny that works around the Owen's house and comforts Lily when T. Ray is mean to her, she's the closest thing Lily has to a mother. Lily wants to know more about her mother, she follows the name of the city Tiburon, South Carolina. Lily and Rosaleen run off together and meet the black calender sisters; August, June, and May. During the novel Lily faces discrimination, experiences coming of age, falling in love, and learns how to forgive herself. She realizes that her mother truly loved her, and that love conquers all "People who think dying is the worst thing, don't know a thing about life." Lily, p. 2 “It was you who did it, Lily. You didn’t mean it, but it was you.” T. Ray, p. 299
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