The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees highlights the story of Lily, a young girl who has shaped her life around the devastating memory of her mother’s death when she was only four years. The death of Lily’s mother leaves her with her harsh and unyielding father. Rosaleen, a tender and fierce-faced black woman who stands in […]

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Secret Life of Bees Summary and Reflection

This heartfelt, captivating novel starts out with a very troubled fourteen year old girl named Lily Owens who lives with her father and their black maid Rosaleen. Her mother is dead due to an accident partially caused by Lily. As the story begins, Rosaleen gets thrown in jail and beaten up by three white men […]

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Symbols in Secret Life of Bees

1. What are some of the ways that bees serve as symbols in Lily’s life? Answer: Bees symbolize Lily’s mother in a number of instances throughout the novel. In Sylvan, Lily feels her mother’s presence when swarms of bees enter her room. Her mother’s name, Deborah, literally translates as “bee.” She follows the path of […]

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