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Create a 5 page essay paper that discusses Secret life of bees: Sue Monk Kidd.Download file to see previous pages... The loss of mother, that too for a young girl, is the greatest tragedy of life. Lil
Create a 5 page essay paper that discusses Secret life of bees: Sue Monk Kidd.Download file to see previous pages...
The loss of mother, that too for a young girl, is the greatest tragedy of life. Lily is one such victim and she lives alone with her abusive father who is a peach farmer in Sylvan, South Carolina. She is fond of watching the bees at work. The revelation that her father accidentally shoots her mother, during a fight, leaves deep impact on the mind of Lily. Lily goes into town along with Rosaleen and there a confrontation with racists lands her in jail. She is also told by T. Ray that her late mother plans to leave her behind just before her death. On returning home, Lily notices that the bees have escaped from the jar and that she takes it as the signal for her to run away from home. Lily finds Rosaleen at the hospital, badly beaten up by the police and both of them take a ride toward a town Tiburon, S.C. The feeling of total freedom engulfs the inner world of Lily. As providence would have it, she has a chance encounter with August Boatwright and her sisters. August offers her solace and protection and engages her to learn beekeeping. So great is the affection of August for Lily that she treats August as her surrogate mother. Lily is always worried about keeping her real identity a secret. She challenges many vicissitudes in her life and finally she evolves as an affectionate human being loved by her associates and imparts love to all. Poem: August Boatwright’s spiritual counseling to Lily Live life in its trials tribulations duty and beauty, White and black are like the two parallel tracks on which the train of life runs, Worry not about your unkind past, Worry not about your uncertain future, The dynamic present is yours for the asking, It is yours for the bidding, It is yours for the taking! Dark ghosts have no place in your life, Bright angles are ready to greet you, Nurture the bird of love with colorful wings caged in your heart, It moves there with tantalising speed, To make you a bard, my dearest Lily! Example of figurative language “White and black are like the two parallel tracks on which the train of life runs”. “Dark ghosts have no place in your story”. “Bright angles stand ready to greet you”. “Nurture the bird of love with colorful wings caged in your heart”. Example of imagery “It moves there with tantalizing speed, to make you a bard my dearest Lily!” The most important passage “Most people don’t have any idea about all the complicated life going on inside a hive. Bees have a secret life we don’t know anything about.” I loved the idea of bees having a secret life, just like the one I was living. “What other secrets have they got?” I wanted to know. “Well, for instance, every bee has its role to play”. This is the advice tendered by August to Lily in chapter 8 of the novel. The mention of the beehive presents a grand imagery of the functioning of the secular world. The manner and discipline with which the bees manage their hives is a lesson for the humankind. Everything is carried out to perfection and in the power structure the female authority is supreme. She is the mother of thousands and she is loved by them. The mention of the word ‘mother’ must have appealed to the emotional world of Lily, who has lost her mother. August not only talks about spirituality she has experienced that state which is achieved by transcending the mind and such an individual sees the presence of divinity in everything, including the bees. This is a great source of counseling and inspiration for Lily and she visualises Mother Mary as the universal mother as such she finds the divine compensation for the void in her life due to the loss of her secular mother. One more similarity exists between the life of Lily and that of bees. Lily is a white girl living with black women and her background is not that good, and her association with August needs to remain secret.