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The Secret Life of Bees Screenplay

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Emma Williston

on 15 January 2014

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Transcript of The Secret Life of Bees Screenplay

The Secret Life of Bees

Chapter Quote
''A worker [bee] is just over a centimeter long and weights only about sixty milligrams; nevertheless, she can fly with a load heavier then herself '' (qtd Kidd 257).
Although this book was written 11 years ago, people still read The Secret Life of Bees because of the strong message of everyone needing to be treated equally.
Chapter Quote
''The queen, for her part, is the unifying force of the community; if she is removed from the hive, the workers quickly sense her absence. After a few hours, or even less, they show unmistakeable signs of queenlessness'' (qtd in Kidd 1).
The Memory
'' The memory settled over me. The suitcase on the floor. The way they'd fought...I couldn't stop crying and it frightened me, as though I'd been struck by a car I hadn't seen coming and was lying on the road, trying to understand what had happened'' (Kidd 40).
Indirect Characterization: thoughts of Mother's death (guilt and sorrow).

Descriptive Metaphor: word choice in metaphor tell us how Lily is feeling (confusion, internal pain, sadness).

The car represents the memory Lily has of her Mom.
The Memory
The Memory
Chapter Quote
''Honeybees depend not only on physical contact with the colony, but also require its social companionship and support. Isolate a honeybee from her sisters and she will soon die''(qtd in Kidd 136).
Do I Want to Know the Truth?
Do I Want to Know The Truth?
Theme statement: Although the truth may be hard to handle, it is the only thing that can help.

When Lily was told the information about her mom it was not what she was expecting.

Person vs. Self Conflict: mental struggle of what she is going to hear about her Mom (should she listen or not).
Out In The Crowd
"Well for starters,I'll be going to the white high school his year... somebody's got to... might as well be me" (Kidd 283).

The passage enhances a theme statement, conflict and values.
Out In The Crowd
Theme statement: Although the truth may be hard to handle,it is the only thing that can help (it's probably hard for Zach to go to a white school because people might judge him).

Values bravery and equality.

Person vs. Society Conflict: Zach is not following society because he thinks what society follows is wrong.
"My stomach did a slow roll. I knew we'd come to the place in the story I fear the most. I began to breathe fast. "I was with her when you picked her up at the bus station. She brought me along,didn't she?" August leaned over and whispered against my hair. "No honey, she came by herself...my mother had left me" (Kidd 215).

This passage develops conflict and a theme statement.
Describes the way Lily feels about the memory, sad and overwhelmed.
Shows that Zach is being a individual.
The story develops style and characterization to enhance Lily's personality.
Shows us how Lily feels after August tells her about her Mom ( crushed and devastated).
Long road background: symbolizes the journey Lily had to take to find the truth about her past.
Yellow in the right corner: represents the relief Lily receives when she talks to August about her Mom.

Blue font: Internal feelings/conflict within Lily's mind.
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