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The Secret Life of Bees

Written by Sue Monk Kidd, Prezi by Annabel Asher, Ashley Blanco, Sofia Lyon, Lillie Case, and Athena Siaotong.
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Transcript of The Secret Life of Bees

Lily Owens is a 14 year old girl who lives in Sylvan, South Carolina. She is a
round character with black hair, nice eyes, and not the best fashion sense.
Lily lives with her abusive father T. Ray who she chooses not to call
"daddy". "They (knees) were swollen with hundreds of red welts,
pinprick bruises that would grow into a blue stubble across my skin"
(pg 25) This quote shows the results of T. Ray's abuse to Lily. Lily does
not have a mother to love her after Lily accidentally killed her when she
was four. Lily doesn't remember much of the accident, but she does however
remember lots of arguing and a gunshot. Her only friend was her nanny,
Rosaleen, who speaks her mind no matter what everyone else says.Lily is
also dynamic character because she changes her thoughts on life and others. When
Lily and Rosaleen escape to Tiburon, South Carolina and stay at the Boatwright
home Lily learns lessons about life from each of the Boatwright sisters and
Zach. From August Lily learns that everyone should be accepted and trusted
no matter what they look like. From June she finds that sometimes you have to
let yourself go from the past even if your self from disater. The lesson from
May is that things stick with you no matter what and sometimes feelings
never go away. Lastly, what Lily learns from her love intrest Zach is you
shouldn't underestamate others because the color of there skin and that
he is really could in confusing Lily's emotions."Thats when I knew I would
never find a better friend than Zachary Taylor." (pg 135)
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Written
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Sue
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Kidd

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Lillie's Circle
-
Martin Luther King
gives
the "I Have a Dream" speech, 1963
-
President Kennedy
was assassinated by
Lee Harvey Oswald
, 1963
-Alabama
Governor George Wallace
does
not allow blacks in schools, 1963
-
James Meridith
becomes first black man
to ever go to the University of Mississippi
1963
-Black leader,
Malcolm X
is
assassinated, 1965
Also known as

"open housing"

Fair housing
was a movement for those who were discriminated against by the
color of their skin

Over time, this
dilemma
was
fixed.
In the 1960s, children such as Lily were known as "Exceptional Children."
This means that she was above average with her education.
In 1966, schools were given grants to aid in helping handicapped students.
White children got much better education than African-American children.
School system was basically the same
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Kind-hearted,
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firm
woman
At
beginning
of book, Rosaleen is Lily and T. Ray's
maid

When
Lily hears of her plans of
running away
, Lily goes as well
Rosaleen is
African-American
which plays an important role in her
character
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released their newest song

"I

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Fine"
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that became #1 on the charts in 1964
-Had twin sister named
April
who
committed suicide
-Feels
anyone
in the world feels
as long as she hears about it.
everything
-Sadness can only be prevented using the
Wailing Wall
,
"Oh, Suzanna!"
, or
prevention
from discovering the events at all.
Martin Luther King Jr Gives the "I Have a Dream" speech
Malcolm X
President Kennedy
and
Lee Harvey Oswald
(Pictures) Important People
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Here is a picture of Rosaleen with Lily on her back from the movie.
Part of the story takes place in
Sylvan, South Carolina

Other part takes place in
Tiburon, South Carolina
Takes place in
1964
She is more
static
, as she doesn't seem to change throughout the book.
Prezi by
Annabel Asher
,
Ashley Blanco
,
Sofia Lyon
,
Lillie Case
,
and
Athena Siaotong

This is a picture of August in the movie.
John F. Kennedy was assassinated during a campaign trip through Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.
Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered by an assassin on April 4, 1968.
On July 20, 1965, the Eagle lunar landing module landed on the moon, with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
- May is round, lots of changes happen to her.
The James Bond movie was released in 1964
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Some popular television shows in the 1960s were

and
- Racism caused the death of April,
causing trauma for May.
Why Sue Monk Kidd wrote
The Secret Life of Bees
August is a middle-aged, African-American woman. She is tolerant and kind-hearted. She has been a beekeeper for her entire life, and she is the eldest of the Boatwright sisters.
Does this story make sense?
Goldfinger
I Love Lucy
Leave it to Beaver
-Mentally Challenged sister of August and June
Clothing in the 1960's
During that time in history, discrimination against skin colour was typical behaviour.
African-Americans still did not have as many rights, but many people were a part of the Civil Rights Movement, very close to granting them with equal rights.
June Boatwright is one of the original four Boatwright sisters (May, April, August, and June).
June is somewhat young, but still middle aged and has black skin like the rest of her family.
Although she may be the quietest out of the Boatwright sisters, it doesn't mean that she doesn't have a lot to say. June is a very head-strong character who thinks things through logically and isn't too quick to trust others.
She is a very advanced cello player, and plays her music for ailing or dead people.
June is not very fond of Lily for most of the book, but eventually warms up to her. This defines her dynamic persona throughout the novel.
She has grown all her life in the south, and it affects her like it affects most southern raised citizens: she's friendly, yet stubborn and cautious.
June learns from Lily not to judge a book by its cover. She believes that because Lily is white, she cannot become friends or even acquaintances with her. But throughout the novel, June discovers that is not true, that she can become close to someone white.
"That's for me to know and you to find out," shows that June makes many attempts to keep certain parts of her life under wraps and secret.
Lesson #1
Lesson #2
Lessons
to be
Learned
from
The
Secret
Life
of
Bees
"Regrets don't help anything, you know that."
Sue Monk Kidd came up with the idea of the book after her husband and her were sitting around with some friends talking about old life stories. He talked about the time he went to Sue's old house in Georgia and slept in the guest room. He remembered the bees that would swarm in at night and wouldn't let him sleep. As she listened she thought, "I got an image in my mind of a girl lying in bed at night while bees seeped out of cracks in the wall and flew circles around the room. The image took up residence in my imagination and I began asking questions about it. Who is this girl? The girl turned out to be Lily Melissa Owens."
Yes, this story does make plenty of sense according to the time period and such. The way that Sue Monk Kidd wrote this novel, Lily Owens could have been an actual person. However, Kidd's portrayal of segregation is more pleasant than how it actually was. For example, a black boy and Lily, a white girl, end up kissing. During this time period, no one would even dream of doing that. But overall, this story does make sense in many ways.
Do not judge one by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
The
Secret
Life
Of
Bees
Written by Sue Monk Kidd


Prezi by
Lillie Case
Sofia Lyon
Ashley Blanco
Annabel Asher
Athena Siaotong
Period Four, Mrs. Kimball's Class
Beliefs
and
Cultures
Always believe in the power you have within your heart.
-quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Thank
you
all
for
watching!

She is very a very educated person, so she doesn't learn many life lessons over the course of the story. However, she might have learned a few things from having Lily stay with her.
The
story takes
place
in
1964
Around the time of the
Civil Rights Movement
Range
of
Time
-Sofia
Cares
deeply of
Lily
Static
character because she
does not change
Does not know
her own
age
Golden Quote

I
: (she was being harassed by two senseless white men)
"I'm going to register my name so I can vote, that's what."
p. 31. This shows that she is confident in her race and does not care what others think of her.
Golden Quote

II
: "
I get it. You ran off 'cause of what your daddy said about your mother. It didn't have nothing to do with jail. And here you got me worrying myself sick about you running away and getting in trouble over me, and you would've run off anyway. Well, ain't it nice of you to fill me in.
"
p. 55
This shows that she cares for
Lily
more than
anybody.
Most everyone in the south (South Carolina, etc.) was Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and so on.
However, some families like August and the other Boatwright sisters would compile and create their own type of worship or religion.
Other religions were practiced at this time too, but mostly in other places throughout the world and not in Sylvan
-p.280
That quote is one of many that show how sensible August is, and her helpful nature.
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In these times there
were two types of styles
They would wear classy
knee high dresses. They
were usually floral print.It
was much like a 1950's look
They would also wear
complete different look.
They were still dresses but
they were more colorfull
and were shape print.
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