The Secret Life of Bees - On this blog we'll post some of our favourite quotes, some information about the author and some of our personal opinions about the book "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd. Enjoy!
One of the biggest differences between the book and the movie is the way the bees have a different meaning.
In the book The Secret Life of Bees there are a lot of exiting and interesting themes, in my opinion.
The Secret Life of Bees is the story of Lily Owens, a girl who has shaped her life around one devastating memory?the afternoon her mother was killed, when Lily was four.
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd will give away 10 signed copies of a new, keepsake edition, to be published November 23, 2011.
20121 Kings 8:28 -- But please listen to my prayer and my request, because I am your servant. In the book the bees are used to symbolice humanity and it is used as a beautiful metaphore throughout the whole book, however in the movie the bees don't mean that much.
Besides her harsh and unyielding father, Lily?s only real companion is Rosaleen, a tender, but fierce-hearted black woman who cooks, cleans and acts as her "stand-in mother."   Set in 1964 in South Carolina, a place and time of seething racial divides, violence explodes one summer afternoon, and Rosaleen is arrested and beaten. The winners will be required to provide via email an address with name and phone number for where the book should be mailed, using the subject header: The Secret Life of Bees 10th Anniversary Contest.
They spend a lot of time wearing beesuits and talking about facts about bees, but it is not used that much as a metaphore as in the book.  In the book Zach is arrested he and his friends throw a bottle at a white man, but in the movie Zach is taken and beaten because he spends time with a white girl(Lily). One other theme is racism and the time of the civil rights, and to run away, stand on your own and the time for making decisions. Above all we have love.
Lily is desperate, not only to save Rosaleen, but to flee from a life she can no longer endure. I was really relieved reading the book because I was sure Zach would get in trouble for spending time with her, and he didn't.
I?m also going to focus on what part of their life story I find inspirational and why.     The character who made the most impact on me, and who I think seemed the most real, was May.
Calling upon her colorful wits and youthful daring, she breaks Rosaleen out of jail and the two escape, into what quickly becomes Lily?s quest for the truth about her mother?s life.  They are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters, May, June, and August, and Lily is consumed by their secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.
When this happens in the movie I found it pretty frustrating because they changed a big part of the plot in the book, and in a way the meaning as well. In the book when Zach and all his friends are arrested it shows how people tend to see faces different than their own as all looking the same, this meaning was lost in the movie.    The lady of chains looses some of her meaning as well!
Since she accidentally shot her mother when she was four years old, she has been longing for some kind of a motherly figure to look up to, who can brush her hair and someone whom she can trust.
Even though this is an extreme case, I think most people can relate to her feelings, at least I can.
After some time, when the three sisters August, June and May take Lily and her father?s black housekeeper, Rosaleen, in to their house, she realizes that love is all around her.
To feel like you carry all the sadness in the world on your shoulders must be terrible, but still she is kind, caring and nice. Personally I think this means we're all alike on the inside, even though the colour of the skin is different.

Lily had some of her mother`s belongings, among them a wooden plate with the picture of a black Virgin Mary, who?s really called ?Black Madonna?. In the movie she is black all along, and I think this creates an even bigger gap between the different races.    All in all a lot of the bigger meanings in the book disappear in the movie, and it becomes just another romantic movie. She started out as a normal person, and by the time life got through with her, she was a completely different person. In a grocery store Lily sees the label of black Mary on honey jars, and she is told by the storeowner where they come from, and she and Rosaleen goes there.
She teaches you life from a different perspective.   It?s not only May who struggles with life in this book. In the beginning it seems like June had some kind of problem with them being there, like she?s known all along that something was wrong, but in the end she learns to love Lily.
You can tell Lily feels a lot of guilt for what happened to her mother, and her father wasn?t exactly helping on this point. Sometimes she feels like she is a mean person, and she feels like she brings bad luck with her. And closer to the end August tells Lily that her mom was staying in the honey-house, just like Lily did, when she was young. And it was there her mother had planned to take Lily when she ran away from her husband, but she never got that far. From time to time, when nothing goes right, I feel like this as well, but I think it is important to remember that it?s not always your fault. This book helps you understand that, because you see it from the outside, and you realize that it looks different for other people than it does to you, because you?re in the middleof it.   Both August and Zach inspire me for the same reason. August was one of a kind at her time; she is educated and a successful businesswoman, even though she is black. June?s boyfriend asks her to marry her often but she always says no, but that is not because she doesn?t love him, it is just because she doesn?t want to be married. They both help me realize that even though it seems impossible, it might not be so far out of reach if you?re willing to work hard.    Everyone starts out with big dream, but most of the time they disappear along the way. In the end she asks him to ask again, and this last time she says yes, and they both seems to be very happy and in love. People change all the time, and I think they mostly changes themselves for love, just like June. The three sisters August, June and May love each other very much. When she died May laid all sorrow in the world upon her shoulders, and therefore she gets very easily upset, and she seems a little weird, but everyone loves her anyway. In the end she can?t take it anymore and she drowns herself in the river, so she can be happy with her twin sister and her parents in heaven. It is a story about a woman who made a lot of bad choices and who was struggling, but in the end had the strength to do the right thing. Lily has a hard time forgiving her mother, however at the same time she is struggling to forgive herself.
Even though they are black, and not supposed to do so, they all grows to love and care for Lily and they are willing to take care of her instead of T. Sometimes it?s hard to forgive, but it is important to remember that even a good person can make bad choices.

The priest reacts when Lily brings Rosaleen to the church, because a black person was not supposed to be in the church in the first place.
When Rosaleen goes to town with Lily on Lily?s birthday, she is going to get a vote, but on the way she gets beaten up because she poured soda on a man?s shoes and won?t apologize for it, and she has to go to jail. For me this was a good life lesson, because it is easy to think that mean people is mean, and nice people is nice, but most of the time there is a reason why someone is mean. You are not supposed to do that, but I don?t think she has to go to jail for something like that.
Not necessarily mean, but there is always a reason why someone are the way they are, like for example May!
If it was a white woman the man wouldn?t respond the way he did at all, and she would absolutely not have to go to jail for it. Something really bad happened to her,and it changed her forever.   My conclusion is that this is a book which makes you think, and it puts life in a different light and a new perspective.
She ends up in the hospital all by herself in a room which was for colored people only. In the middle of the book we get to hear about a white actor who is coming to Tiburon with his black girlfriend. When you read it you learn to love the characters, and it is easy to get inspired by their life story! People in town don?t like that at all, so they are on guard all over the town, and especially around the theater. They don?t want black and white people to hang around with each other, and that is why they have split up the theater hall, to divide colored and white people. This doesn?t come handy when Lily and Zack, who works on the honey farm, decides to go there. They go in to the theater in different entrances, but someone gets that they are there together and goes in and kidnaps him.
You also notice racism in the way the police officers are behaving around the black family and the way they are treating them. Another theme is the difficulties of growing up. She saves Rosaleen from jail and they are off to Tiburon in the search for clues after her mother.
She has been living with the fact that she killed her mother and that her mother never wanted her in the first place. She feels like such a bad person, for being unloved but she says she can?t help it. Her entire life Lily has been struggling with awful thoughts about herself and I think she grows to deal with it throughout the book. Ray finds her and is coming to bring her back she fights him, which I think was very brave of her, and she finally beats her fear for him. She learns that there are times you will have to make difficult decisions that are not always the easiest ones, but often the best ones. And she also finds goodhearted people who really care about her. A lot of interesting and different themes in this book, but I also think that they all combines together in a way.

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