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Literary Devices in The Secret Life of Bees

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Kathryn Plamondon

on 29 January 2014

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Transcript of Literary Devices in The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd
South Carolina, 1964
Themes
Death leading to life
Racial discrimination
Figurative Language
Symbols
Black Madonna
Beehives
Pictures
The Secret Life of Bees
"The world will not stop spinning but go right on its courses, like the river, like the bees, like everything" (Kidd 300).
A coming-of-age novel by Sue Monk Kidd
Setting
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Outlaws much discrimination in education, employment, and public services
Prohibits unequal voter registration requirements
Similes
& Metaphors
Imagery
Personification
Epigraphs
Hyperbole
"Eighth wonder of the world" (286).
"Humming that sounds like it comes from another planet" (286).
"I didn't think they were ever going to come up for air" (223).
Lily feels “sure the pope would [keel] over” if he could see the sisters' version of communion (226).
Picture these white boxes tucked under pine trees. The sun will slant through the branches, shining in the sprinkles of dew drying on the lids. There will be a few hundred bees doing laps around the hive boxes…From a distance it will look like a big painting [one] might see in a museum…Fifty feet away [one] will hear it, a humming that sounds like it comes from another planet. At thirty feet [one’s] skin will start to vibrate. The hair will lift on [one’s] neck. (286)
Mosquitos "[sing] in [Lily’s] ears” (194).
The river always “[goes] on about its business” (194).
Bees are “social insects and live in colonies,” just as human beings often prefer to live in family units, with the mother as “queen” of the household (67).
Foreshadowing
Bees flying around Lily's room
Irony
Lily shooting her mother
The pink house
Characterization
Lily
Rosaleen
T. Ray
Deborah
August
June
May
Zach
Conflict
Man vs.
Man
Man vs.
Nature
Man vs.
Society
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