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The Secret Life of Bees

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Rachel Freland

on 12 February 2013

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The Secret Life of Bees Genre Setting Conflict Plot Results Characters Protagonist: Lily Melissa Owens Genre: Nonfiction Character V.s. Society Lily Owens lives with her father T. Ray and their black nanny Rosaleen Did I like it? Why? By: Rachel Freland Author: Sue Monk Kidd Author Info: Sue Monk Kidd Set in 1964
During the Civil Right Act
Segregation Pages: 302 Always knew she wanted to be a writer
Majored in nursing from Texas Christian University
RN and nursing instructing
Married Sandy Kidd
Had two children, Bob and Ann
(Flanagan) (About Sue Monk Kidd) Born August 12, 1948 in Sylvester, Georgia (Flanagan) Sue Monk Kidd Moved to South Carolina
Started writing classes
*Her Goal: To write fiction
Started with nonfiction and spiritual
First Book in 1988- God's Joyful Surprise

Shortly after, 2nd book in 1990- When the Heart Waits (Flanagan) Her first Novel - The Secret Life of Bees This novel tells the story of a fourteen year old girl named Lily, who runs away from home, gets herself into trouble, and eventually ends up with three black beekeepers. Her story is very touching, and a big sensation. Sold over 6 million copies
2 1/2 years on NY Times bestseller
Published in 35 countries Awarded the 2004 Book Sense Paperback book of the Year
Nominated for the Orange Prize in England
Good Morning America's Read This! Book Club pick Today Sue lives in Southwest Florida with her husband, Sandy, and their black lab, Lily. (About Sue Monk Kidd) The pink house Tiburon, South Carolina Time Period: 1964 During the Civil Rights Act Sylvan, south Carolina & "Today, July second, 1964," he said, "the president of the United States signed the Civil Right Act into law in the East Room of the White House...." (Kidd.20) Gives and insight on how hard it was to be an African American Places: Gave the question on whether to pass the "equal rights" law Main 14 year old girl
Determined Rosaleen Daise Lily's families black housekeeper and nanny
Stands in as Lily's mother figure
Hard working Blue: I like
Red: I don't like T. Ray Owens Lily's cruel and abusive father The Three Black Beekeepers May Boatwright June Boatwright August Boatwright Black Beekeeper Runs a successful honey business (Black Madonna Honey) Educated
Larger than life August and May's sister
Marries Neil
Reserved sweet and kind
Very emotional
Had a twin named April who died Zach Taylor August's beekeeper assistant
Lily's crush
Going to school to become a lawyer
Hard working Minor Characters Deborah Fontanel Owens Lily's mother
Very depressed when she had Lily
Could not support the family Mrs. Watson- The Owens neighbor, watched Lily when Deborah ran away
Mrs. Henry- Lily's school teacher
Brother Gerald- Lily's minister
Mr. Avery Gaston- the policeman
Franklin Posey- the meanest black-hater in town-Rosaleen poured snuff juice on him
Snout- the Owen's dog
Neil- June's crush, and husband
The daughters of Mary- met every Sunday to worship the Black Mary at the Pink house
- An old woman named Queenie, her daughter Violet, Lunelle (a hat maker), Mabelee, Cressie, Sugar-girl and her husband Otis Hill.
The Black Mary- the statue they all worshiped, magestic
"she was as black as could be, twisted like driftwood from being out in the weather, her face a map of all the storms and journeys she'd been through, her right arm was raised, as if she was pointing the way, except her fingers were closed in a fist." (Kidd.70) She had a red faded heart on her chest, and a yellow crescent moon on her body. "When that minister from Alabama, Reverend Martin Luther King, got arrested last month in Florida for wanting to eat in a restaurant" (Kidd.20) Point of View Mood Theme - When Lily was four she accidentally shot her mother, Deborah. T. Ray always punishes her for it, and makes her kneel on grits for hours. One day Rosaleen and Lily were going to get Rosaleen to register to vote, when they ran into some white folks. They made fun of her so she spit on their shoes, and they beat her up. -Lily went to visit her in the hospital when she came up with an plan and they both escaped. Lily was always curious about what really happened to her mother, because she couldn't believe she had really done it. So she had a picture that her mother had, and it read Tiburon, South Carolina with a picture stating Black Madonna Honey and that's where they headed. They were directed to the "pink house" Where they met the three beekeepers, May, June, and August. Lily and Rosaleen stayed with the Boatwrights. Lily was to help August and Zach (August's assistant) with the bees, and Rosaleen would help May and June in the kitchen. Many things happened throughout the book such as; Sundays church was at the Boatwrights with the Daughters of Mary, learned to worship the Black Mary
Lily called her father, and he wanted to know where she was then she hung up
Lily fell in love with Zach, but they couldn't be together because he is black
Zach went to jail because of something he didn't do, his friend told the police that he assaulted a white woman
May committed suicide One of the biggest scenes in the book was when August told Lily that her mother stayed with them. Deborah, Lily's mother got married to T. Ray because she found out she was pregnant.
When Lily was a toddler, Deborah ran away to the Boatwrights. August was Deborah's nanny when she was young.
One day Deborah came home to get some things when Lily found a "toy" and she shot her mother on accident
August had a box full of things her mother had left such as, a whale pin, a mirror, and a brush. First Person Rosaleen V.s Society Rosaleen goes to register to vote
Runs into white men that laugh at her
She spits on their shoes
They beat her up
She goes to jail Character V.s. Society Zach v.s Society He goes into town with Lily
His friends accuse a white woman
Zach tries to get them to stop
They tell the police it was Zach who accused her
Zach goes to jail "At night I would lie in bed and watch the show, how bees squeezed through the cracks of my bedroom wall and flew circles around the room, making that propeller sound, a high-pitched zzzzzz that hummed along my skin. I watched their wings shining like bits of chrome in the dark and felt the longing build in my chest. The way those bees flew, not even looking for a flower, just flying for the feel of the wind, split my heart down its seam." (Kidd.1) Lily Owens- What did you remember most? Why? Yes. I thought it was a very touching book that hit a lot of historical points. Also, it was exciting and mysterious. I remember May killing herself. After she heard about Zach being in jail, she went to the wailing wall, and had enough and drowned herself in the river out back. What was your connection? Why? My connection to this book was Lily being fourteen years old, and wanting to know about life, and why the world does this to black people. I want to know why people were so cruel to blacks just because the different color of skin. "May lay in two feet of water with a huge river stone on top of her chest. It weighted her body, holding it on the bottom." (Kidd.192) This scene from the book is rough to read, just thinking she committed suicide. I can not get it out of my head. On a scale of 1-10, what would you give it? Why? I would give this book a 9. I really enjoyed this book, I like hearing about history, and what people had to go through. The major theme of this novel is expressed in its title, which comes from a statement made by August: “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” (Kidd.148). Throughout the novel, most characters are not what they seem on the outside. People’s lives are usually much more complex and complicated than they appear. Secret Lives Lily tells the story from her point of view. She is always looking for evidence about her mother, and why she left her and didn't want her. The Mood is serious yet inspirational at the same time. The novel has many serious moments, to racial discrimination, abuse, and even death. Although, it is inspirational because of the way the characters handle their obstacles, and overcome them positively. Such as the abusive subject;
"How long did he keep you on these grits?" I shrugged. "Maybe an hour." She looked down at my knees and stopped sweeping. They were swollen with hundreds of red welts, pinprick bruises that would grow into blue stubble across my skin. "Look at you, child. Look what he's done to you," she said. (Kidd.25) (Flanagan) (About Sue Monk Kidd)
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