T. Ray doesn't care for Lily- it's her birthday and he doesnt even care to say anything to her, let alone buy her a present.
Rosaleen gets arrested for literally standing up for herself, and getting into a fight in which she didnt even start- this shows how bad the time period was for African Americans. (page 33)
Why did Lily's body shiver when she entered the house? Is this foreshadowing? Or does she just remember her mother?
June doesnt like company- does she get a bad vibe from Lily and Rosaleen? Does she see through Lily's lies?
Why didn't they just admit May to the mental hospital? She needs serious help- she can't solve all her problems by going to the Wailing Wall four times a day.
It must be so hard for Zach to not to be able to be with Lily because of his skin color.
Why doesn't June marry Neil if she loves him? I think that she's afraid that their relationship won't work out based on her past almost-marrying experience. (132)
It's so sad that T. Ray doesn't even know Lily's favorite color. I can't even imagine how hard that is for her seeing other girls with their fathers that actually care about them. (160)
Why did May kill herself? It was so sad that this happened, and I can't believe that happy happy May is dead. Why didn't August just put May in a mental hospital? How did it come as such a surprise?
I feel os bad for May. She was so sad for so long, and she was holding all the weight of the world. It wasn't fair to her. (210)
I can't believe that June finally decided to marry Neil. Why now? Maybe because May would have wanted her to live her life in love with Neil. (222)
When Lily finds out about her mother leaving her, she doesn't know what to do with herself. She thought of her mother as some idol, someone to look up to. (260)
Why does Lily want August to tell Zach about her mother? Does she want him to feel bad for her or something? (266)
Lily has mixed feelings about her mother. One minute she despises her and never wants to see things that belonged to her, and another minute she loves her and cries because she misses her. (273)
Lily is just now realizing really how much pain her mother was in, and why she had to leave. (275)
T Ray came back for Deborah, not for Lily. He doesn't want whatever he has left of her to be gone forever, which in this case, is Lily. (294)
"Every one of those bees could have descended on me like a flock of angels and stung me till I died, and it wouldn't have been the worst thing to happen" (2.) The author Sue monk kidd uses eloquence in her writing to show the emotions of the characters. She shows how this girl is not afraid of dying and it wouldn't been the worse thing for her. Something must of happened for her to feel that way.
This is my Theories and Conclusions piece:
Terrence Ray (T. Ray) was cruel to Lily because he never let go of the fact that her mother, Deborah, left him. He hates Lily because she is the only thing that she left behind before she passed. Lily accidentally shot her mother when she was only an infant, and T Ray can never let go of that.
T. Ray has been mean to Lily ever since her mother died. His sick way of punishing her is making her kneel onto grits. He has made her do this since she was only six years old. The first time she is forced to kneel on them is after she had snuck out during the night to go into her backyard and reminisce in the memories of her mother. T. Ray thought that she was out with some country boy, and he says to her, “You act no better than a slut” (24). Lily claims that the feeling of grits under her knees feels like “powdered- glass… beneath [her] skin” (24). He keeps her on the grits for an hour. This was the first time that I really got to know T Ray, and I saw how mean he really was.
Lily runs away from home, because she can’t stand T. Ray anymore. This caused her a plethora of problems, because she is running away with her maid, Rosaleen- a fugitive. She tries to go to place her mother has been, or anywhere that someone can tell her something about her mother, so she ends up at the Boatwright house in Tiburton, South Carolina. She stays here for about two months, and then finally, her father shows up at their door. He tries to get her to come home- with a superfluous amount of force- but she refuses. This causes him a lot of pain, and this is shown when Lily says, “It crossed my mind that he was no longer talking to me, but to Deborah. Like his mind had snapped back ten years” (295). He ends up leaving her, so Lily is left with August and the Boatwright family.
When T. Ray comes back for Lily, he’s not actually coming back for her- he’s coming back for whatever he has left of Deborah, which in this case was Lily. T. Ray was always mean to Lily because he despised her due to the fact that she killed Deborah. It was an accident, but T. Ray will never forgive Lily. This is the only memory that Lily has of her mother, and she tries to figure out why she was packing clothes on the day that she died. When August tells her what really happened, Lily loses all faith in her mother. She portrays Deborah as an idol, or someone that she could always look up to. She gets mixed feelings about her mother at first- hating her for leaving, then missing her so much- but then she realizes how much pain that her mother was really in.
In the end of the book, Terrence has to let go of Lily and leave her in Tiburton because she doesn’t want to leave August and the Boatwright family. This must have been hard for him because he had to leave the only thing he had left of his departed wife.
"I hated to think of what he'd would do to me if he found them hidden among my stuff." (14) What would he do to her? Would he hurt her because she killed her.
How does she live with the fact she killed her mom? But I don't think it was her fault at all.
" Afterward I'd had fantasies of going to a private garden where T-Ray would never find me." (57) Wow T-Ray is really cruel to Lily to make her want to disappear from him. Why does he treat her so bad? She didn't mean to kill his wife and Lily's mother. Lily's mother was leaving him anyway.
Why does T-ray blame Lily for her mothers death? She never meant it! It was all by accident, she just picked up the gun.
" New beekeepers are told that the way to find the elusive queen is by first locating her circle of attendants" (57.) Lily loves bees. But, why love bees they could kill a person? I guess because it is going to lead her to her mother's history/past.
What is this honey company lead to for Lily? I mean the book is called "The Secret Life of Bees".
Lily ran away from home, so when is T- Ray going to find her. Is T-Ray even looking for Lily?
" My story's not pretty either" (96.) Well that is so true! She killed her mom, and now has ran away from home. I hope things turn out okay for her.
Why does Lily have to know the truth?
I know that the truth is an important part of Lily. But why is she so desperate? Why doesn't she just take her time with things? She is happier than before I really hope she doesn't rush anything! She deserves to be happy.
Why doesn't Lily tell the truth about her past? Why doesn't she just be honest? For someone that wants the truth, why is she lying?
What is going to happen?
Lily is having a better life living with the other family.
August is trying to get Lily to tell her why she is really running from her home. But Lily isn't going to say anything until she is comfortable. But Lily needs to tell August because this is going to change things in her relationship with this .
"I am sick to death of you yelling at me. I am not deaf. I am only stupid for calling you up" (161.) She expresses in this letter that she hates him!
"You tell me where you are right now, do you here me? " (159) Wow Lily is in so much trouble! Why would she call T-ray for what purpose? I think she kind of feels guilty so she is trying to make up for it. But I believe shouldn't fell guilty because she has been treated so badly by T-ray. But if I where her would feel guilty every day for killing my mother.
" I'll tell you what you were. You were a goddamn fool who went looking for trouble and found it." (159) Wow T-ray is cruel. She is trying to make life easier for Rosaleen and her. I hope things turn out okay for both of them because they deserve it.
" To say, If you've been wondering whether my leaving has caused T. ray to examine his hearth, or change his was, don't waste your time" (171.) Wow this is so true. T. ray has been so cruel to Lily and now she gone he probable thinking that she is a bad kid.
When is Lily tell them why she is really staying there? I think she needs to tell them because I believe they knew her mother. I believe that they have some truth to what really happened between her mother and her father and of course her.
Zack is in jail.
May is died. She was found in the forest in a pound/lake. Did she kill herself?
"It could be Monday and I'd have on underwear saying Thursday." (215) This is me everyday. Wow August must really be struggling from May's death.
Lily found out from August that her mother left her. I can't imagine what Lily is thinking right now. It think Lily also needs to give credit that her mother was with a man that didn't make her happy. And that her mother was coming back for her.
Lily is really struggling with the truth.
It was guilt that drove Lily from home. Lily killed her mother when she was very young. Can you imagine how she must feel? The guilt of this situation walks around with her everywhere she goes. Being in that house brings back bad memories of when she picked up the gun and it went off and killed her mom.
Guilt never leaves a person until the problem is solved or over with. But in Lily’s case there is no escaping from the guilt because her mother is gone and is never coming back. T.Ray felt that Lily should know what really happened to her mother and how she killed her. He starts speaking, "listen to me" he said, his fingers squeezing into her arms. " We were arguing like you said. We didn't see you at first. Then we turned around and you were holding the gun. You picked it up off the floor. Then it just went off." (19.) Killing someone you love is the most painful thing in the world and that is every reason to run away from home in Lily’s case.
Lily is having deep thoughts about dying and what she would tell her mother in heaven. These thoughts that Lily is having is causing her to have stay awake thinking about her mom,”that [at] night I [she] lay[s] in bed and thought [thinks] about dying and going to be with my [her] mother in paradise." (3.) Having thoughts like this shows how things really are for Lily and how she feels about killing her mother. Guilt is crushing her because she doesn't know what her mother thinks of her up in heaven. She wonders whether her mother hates her. Lily already has a plan of what she wants to say, "I [she] would meet her saying, Mother, forgive. Please forgive." (3.) This is the first time you really see the pain Lily goes through from killing her mother.
Running away from home is a bold move but Lily still feels guilt even when she finally reached her destination at the Boatwright’s house. Running away never helps but in Lily’s mind being in that house only made things worse. On the way to Tiburon, Lily has thoughts constantly about her mother, “I [she] wanted something. Something, I didn’t know what. Mother, forgive. That’s all I [she] could feel.”(54.) All though running away was supposed to help her, Lily is starting to feel worse. Lily will face the facts of what she has done and stop running away from it.
At the end of the book, Lily ends up facing her pain and telling the Boatwrights who she was and what she had done. By telling the truth it helped her finally let go of some of the pain she had been hiding from lying and running but most of all of killing her mother. Lily finally finds peace in herself at the end of the book which makes the book so amazing. I recommend the book.
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