The Secret Life of Bees – Book and Movie Essay
I really enjoyed this book. I first read this when I was in the 9th grade in English class. The book and movie was definitely worth my time to read and watch. I enjoyed all the characters but my favorite was Lily. I just felt as though I can feel her sympathy and feelings. I like how this book has a lot of themes and symbolism such as girl power, forgiveness, racism, etc. The biggest theme I feel like the author really stressed about is racism. If you read this book, you would know that Lily grew up in the South, where it was very segregated. Colored people did not have the right to vote even after the law was passed. What surprised me was that even Lily believes that African Americans aren’t beautiful nor intelligent. Lily believes that blacks are second-class citizens. However, when she meets these black, beautiful women name the Boatwright sister, her beliefs change. Lily began to understand that you can’t judge a book by its cover. Character is more important than the skin color.
Another theme the author really gives clues to is girl power. Lily really doesn’t have any parents but her father. Her father has no respect for women and he also teaches Lily to. So this leaves Lily with little role models so as an audible she looks up to the Boatwright sisters and Rosaleen, which is her servant. Rosaleen has been taken care of Lily since her mother passed away. Lily begins to sees how everyone has the support of each other and loves one another. Lastly, the theme of forgiveness. The author does a good job emphasizing this. Lily suffers guilt for killing her mother. At night she dreams of dying, meeting her mother in heaven, and asking for her forgiveness. Lily becomes very disappointed when she finds out her mother has left her. But August changes her misery. She pulls Lily out of her misery and explains to her that people feel disappointed in life. August was basically Lily hero. She shows her the better way to live.
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