The Secret Life Of Bees By Sue Monk Kidd

2091 WordsNov 22, 20149 Pages
1964 was a year of great progress in the Civil Rights Movement, bringing about change to the lives of many. In order to cope before and after the passing of the Civil Rights Act, a great number of people focused on the religious aspect of their lives, an aspect that is shared with the novel The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. In her historical fiction novel, Kidd narrates the story of how Lily Melissa Owens, a motherless girl, was surrounded by change during 1964. Lily’s journey to find information about her mother leads her to August, May, and June, otherwise known as the Calendar Sisters. The events that happen at the Calendar Sister’s home bring change not only to Lily, but to many others as well. Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees is a novel filled with the potential of gaining insight into the novel by examining its thematic, symbolic, and religious aspects. The Secret Life of Bees features a rich layer of themes that allows the reader to digest the novel deeply. A theme that provides content for this layer is motherhood. Throughout the novel, Lily sees the impact that having a mother, the one person that you can depend on, can have in life. At the very end of the novel, when Lily is adopted by August and the Daughters of Mary, she feels the love of each of her new mothers, and the combined internal love coming from herself and Mary. With all of this newly discovered love that she had received so little of in the past, Lily said, “All these mothers. I have
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