Analysis Of The Book ' The Secret Life Of Bees '

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Liv Monroy Ms.Lesnick English 1 Accelerated 27 August 2014 Protecting the Heart Fifty six. That’s how many lives were lost to suicide on a daily basis in the United States during 1964. Imagine fifty six of your classmates, lying dead on the floor. Bullet wound in this one’s head, a rope tied around this one’s neck, blood dripping out of a gash on this one’s wrist. Nobody expects suicide to affect them. But then, it does. In The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, May Boatwright was one of those fifty six people. As a young girl, she lost her twin sister to suicide, and her life was forever changed. Suddenly, May was overwhelmingly sensitive. Everybody else’s problems were now her very own. She couldn 't discern the difference between them all, and her brain became a jumbled mess. Tears often plague her cheeks, and when a young Lily Owens shows up at the Boatwright’s doorstep along with her maid Rosaleen, those tears seem to appear more often than ever. As Lily becomes aware of May’s situation, she tries to be as careful as possible, and is helped by May’s two other sisters, August and June Boatwright. They slowly help May adjust, and as they shelter her, May seems to be getting better. But the girls are left shell shocked when they discover May’s lifeless body in the river. Committing suicide was the lowest point for May. May struggles with her own mind, and constantly battles with depression. By committing suicide, May did not resolve her own problems caused by the

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