Secret Life of Bees

Secret Life of Bees

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  • Lily
  • "I was planning on being a writer and English teacher in my spare time." Pg. 120
  • Rosaleen
  • "And snuff. I need some snuff." Pg. 62
  • August
  • Lily is a 14 year old white girl, she is racist for the reason that she was raised that way by her abusive father. She lost her mother when she was 4 and cannot continue her own life until she learns her mother's past. Lily wanted to become a writer when she grew up 
  • T. Ray
  • Rosaleen is black women that is not very feminine and usually does not back down, she is very kind to Lily and is her mother figure. She originally worked as Lily and her father's house keeper.
  • June 
  • August is a black woman who is very kind and accepting, she took in Lily and Rosaleen when June wanted to turn them away. She was the nanny of Deborah Fontenelle and a close friend of hers as well
  • Zach 
  • T. Ray father of Lily is a racist and abusive father. After the death of his wife Deborah, he mistreated Lily and hired Rosaleen as her nanny/ housekeeper. In their early relationship, T. Ray did have some kind of affection towards Deborah.  
  • June Boatwright is a black woman and sister of August and May Boatwright. She tends to discriminate towards white people and almost turned Lily and Rosaleen away when they asked for help. She knew Deborah as August was her housekeeper and now resents Lily for being her daughter. 
  • Zach is a black teenager who is August's godson and one of her workers. When first introduced to the story, Zach is a kind hearted person but changes after he is sent to jail. As stated by Lily, he seemed to have lost his innocence. Although he is black and Lily is white he wishes to become a lawyer and one day be together with Lily.
  • "Why is it sports is the only thing white people see us being successful at?... I wanna be a lawyer." Pg. 120
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