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The Secret Life Of Bees

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The Secret Life Of Bees Throughout the novel the secret life of bee's lily is looking to find out more about her mother instead she finds mother substitutes. Rosaleen, August, and the Black Madonna also known as the Virgin Mary acts has her mother's by protecting her and guiding her. Rosealeen is Lily's nanny she looks after almost all her life they re were really good friends. August is a loving caring person towards Lily and taught her things. Black Madonna/ Virgin Mary makes Lily feel safe and loved. Thought the novel, these three people help and love her as a daughter she would not have been able to get thought the tough times without them. ...read more.


When Lily rescues her and tells her, her plan about where they were headed Rosaleen got mad at first but she decides to just go along with it because she loves Lily and wanted her to be happy. She practically raised Lily. August welcomes Lily in to her home even thought she knows that she is running away and hiding something from her. She teaches Lily a lot about life and guides her to the right path. She told her the similarities that humans have with bees since she is a beekeeper. August also tells her about her mother when she finds out that she is Deborah daughter. When Lily was telling her about her mother's death she said "There is nothing perfect," August said from the doorway. "There is only life." ...read more.


When Lily first saw the Virgin Mary statue she said "I didn't know what to think, but what I felt was magnetic and so big it ached like the moon had entered my chest and filled it up". Lily prays to the Virgin Mary, it gives her hope. Lily's mother also believed in the Virgin Mary which made Lily more interested in her just because her mother was too. Instead of having one mother Lily has three who love and care for her. They teach her things she needs to know, guides her and raises her as their own daughter. Lily is the person she is today because of them. Without them she would not have been able to get through life. They have made her strong and confident. ...read more.

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