I have recently read the novel “The secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd. Lily Melissa Owens the main character has a special relationship with bees. At night they squeeze through the cracks of her bedroom walls until they fill the whole room. Finally when she can no longer stand being the only witness to this wonder, she rushes to awaken the only person she can tell – her father. But her abusive father, T Ray is not amused with this joke. Her mother is dead and her father hardly gives her enough love as it is so he takes a worker out of his peach orchard to look after his daughter and be a sort of mother figure.
Her name is Rosaleen. Lily will not settle with what she is told about her mother’s past and has to go about finding the truth somehow. I intend to examine the methods used to create and develop the main character in the novel. The Queen bee to a hive is very important, take that out of the equation and that causes problems. Lily’s mother was very much a Queen Bee she helped everyone and was a very trustworthy person, and when she was taken away from her family they couldn’t cope and Lily was a mummy’s girl.
So it affected her drastically. Since she was young Lily hasn’t had a mother and she has to cope on her own with the guilt of possibly killing her: “My mother died when I was four years old. It was a fact of life, but if I brought it up, people would suddenly get interested in their hangnails and cuticles, or else distant places in the sky and seem not to hear me. ” I feel a lot of sympathy for Lily at the start of the novel; she comes across, as not having anyone to talk to in her life because no one wants to listen.
This must be very difficult for her, but the writer has her coming across as obviously bothered about this, but as if she has really come to terms with the death of her mother shown when she says, “it was a fact of life. ” So even though she is still young she is able to realise that there really isn’t anything that she can do about the death of her mother. Lily’s Dad seems to be a tormenter towards Lily, and she doesn’t really seem too bothered about it.
“He did not care that I wore clothes I made for myself in home economics class, cotton print shirtwaists with crooked zippers and skirts hanging below my knees, outfits only the Pentecostal girls wore. ” Lily gets an awful lot of sympathy at the start of the novel because the write is introducing her and there is an awful lot to tell about her, at this point of the novel we sympathise so much because she is coming across as being poor and helpless when owning a peach orchid you would think that the family were pretty well off so this makes you feel that no one cares about Lily.
Rosaleen is Lily’s life and soul she is with her every day of every week; they get into some trouble together but are mostly safe and sound. They have got into some trouble at a gas station with a drug dealer really they are at the wrong place at the wrong time and saying the wrong things that got heard by someone else, and the problem just gets blown up totally out of proportion. “The jail cells smelled with the breath of drunk people. He put us is the first cell in the first row, where somebody had scratched the words ‘Shit Throne’ across a bench attached to one wall.
Nothing seemed quite real. We’re in jail, I thought. We’re in jail. ” This key incident led me to a greater awareness of the character. She described her experience of jail as: “Nothing seemed quite real” makes me think that she is shocked about the whole situation and that she can’t quite get her head around it, which of course is understandable. Then she goes on to talk about the words written under the bench and the fact that she describes what it says makes me feel that she finds something in the situation funny which is totally out of the ordinary.