The Secret Life Of Bees Essay

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Paterson-Jones 1LMHSRelationships in The Secret Life of BeesHope Paterson-JonesEnglish III: HonorsMr. Althof4 March 2014Paterson-Jones 2A relationship is the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected. Relationships are built from family, partners, and friends. It is where one can look for acceptance, happiness, love and closure. Finding that healthy relationship will impact you physically, and mentally, in the novel 'The Secret Life of Bees" author Sue Monk Kidd portrays themes, symbols, motifs, and characterization to demonstrate that everyone regardless of circumstance or color, deserves a relationship in order to grow and evolve.A relationship that took time to evolve in the novel was the relationship between Lily and August. "I grew so quiet how could I be mad at her? I had done the same thing. Held back what I knew and my reasons were not the least bit noble like hers." (Kidd, 126). Lily and August both kept secrets from each other, equally thinking it was for their own good. Lily didn't want the Boatwright sisters to know who she was at first in case they wouldn't accept her, she held onto her tongue until she felt it was the right time. August knew all along who Lily was. She also waited until Lily was ready to confess, she knew she would. "…I want you to know, I love you. Just like I loved your mother." (Kidd, 243).Interracial couples were forbidden, and Lily knew that, but her love for Zach grew by the minute. "He dipped his fingers into the comb, and lifting my veil, brought it close to my lips…we stayed like that while bees swirled around our heads… Danger I realized was a thing you got used to." (Kidd, 126). At this moment Lily fell in love with Zach. They were at peace. Danger was no longer an issue when they were together, they accepted each other nobody's opinion effected the way they felt. They evolved their relationship around taking risks for each other, a prime example of true love.Paterson-Jones 3Throughout the novel Kidd uses motifs of mothers to signify their importance, and symbols such as photographs, and The Black Mary. "Lily's relationship with her mother, Deborah, whom Lily accidentally shot and killed when she was four years old, only exists in the imagination of the now fourteen-year-old teenager…Lily has only a few mementos of her mother- a photograph, a pair of white gloves, and…an icon of a dark-skinned Virgin Mary-…uses them to spin elaborate fantasies about the sort of woman Deborah was. The significance of the Black Madonna icon is a complete mystery to Lily, and the inscription on the back of her mother's hand, "Tiburon, S.C.," is what draws her to that small Southern town and the Boatwright sisters." (Charles Brower, Criticism of the Secret Life of Bees). All of her mother's belongings were destine for Lily to have, so that eventually she would leave her abusive father and find the Boatwright sisters that Deborah knew.Lily and August are both...

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