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THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES BY SUE MONK KIDD
IMPORTANT / KEY FACTS SUMMARY
Title: The Secret Life of Bees
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Date Published: 2002
Setting: South Carolina, 1964
Meaning of the Title: Using bees as a metaphor for humans, Kidd shows how most of the characters are not what they seem on the surface. Thus, people’s lives are usually much more complex and complicated than they appear.
Protagonist: Lily Owens
Antagonist: T. Ray Owens
Point of View: First-person, limited
Exposition: Chapter 1, where we learn that Lily’s mother died mysteriously when she was very young and that Lily lives a miserable existence with her cruel father, T. Ray.
Climax: When Lily confronts T. Ray at the Boatwright house
Outcome: Lily rids her life of the toxic T. Ray and lives permanently with August and Rosaleen.
Major Theme: Secret Lives
Ornery - mean-spirited
Imbecile - stupid
Carouse - to act boisterouslyTable of Contents | Message Board | Downloadable/Printable Version