The Secret Life of Bees: Part 1

The Secret Life of Bees: Part 1
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  • Lily Owens is a 14 year old girl who is haunted by the memory of the day her mother was killed, when she was 4 years old. She has a confusing memory of that day, she    remembers  her parents fighting and  believes   she was the one who killed her mother, accidentally with a gun.  Since then Lily   hasn't  been very close with her father, she insist on calling him T.Ray because daddy doesn't  feel right.  He is very harsh towards her.  She is also filled with guilt and  loss.
  • The Secret Life of Bees (part one)
  • One day Lily decides to go with Rosaleen , her stand in mother and Nanny, who wants to register to vote.   As they are  on their way, 3 racists men  insult Rosaleen .  In response  to this  Rosaleen spits on their shoes. The leader of the men demands an apology . When Rosaleen refuses she is put into jail. The men follow her there and beat her. T.Ray is  called  to pick up Lily from the station. He tells Lily those men will kill Rosaleen. In fear and spite of T.Ray Lily  runs away bringing a few of her  things. Including  a picture of a Black Mary with Tiburon South Carolina written on the back. She had found this with her mother's things. 
  • Story Setting : Summer, 1964 in Sylvan, South Carolina
  • Lily runs to the jail only to realize Rosaleen is in the hospital because the injuries the men gave her. So Lily goes to the hospital and frees Rosaleen. Once they get free Lily tells her about her plan to run to Tiburon  , hoping that'll it will have some information about her mother.  They hitch a ride with a truck to Tiburon. It's too late to go anywhere in town so Lily  and Rosaleen have to spend the night in the woods.  The next day Lily goes to the store for food; She discovers the same Black Mary on a jar of honey , and asks the man who sells it. He tells her August Boatwright , who lives in Pink house. So her and Rosaleen venture off to find the house.
  • Lily Owens is a 14 year old girl who is haunted by the memory of the day her mother was killed, when she was 4 years old. She has a confusing memory of that day, she remembers  her parents fighting and believes  she was the one who killed her mother.  Since then Lily hasn't  been very close with her father, she insist on calling him T.Ray cause daddy doesn't  feel right.  He is very harsh towards her.  She is also filled with guilt and  loss.
  • May, June ,  August
  • One day Lily decides to go with Rosaleen , her stand in mother and Nanny, who wants to register to vote.   As they are  on their way, 3 racists men  insult Rosaleen .  In response  to this  Rosaleen spits on their shoes. The leader of the men demands an apology . When Rosaleen refuses she is put into jail. The men follow her there and beat her. T.Ray is  called  to pick up Lily from the station. He tells Lily those men will kill Rosaleen. In fear and spite of T.Ray Lily  runs away bringing a few of her  things. Including  a picture of a Black Mary with Tiburbon South Carolina written on the back. She had found this with her mother's things. 
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  • Once Lily and Rosaleen arrive ,  Lily meets the Boatwright sisters. She tells  a fake story because she is scared to tell the truth of why she is there. August the oldest sister invites her and Rosaleen to stay. They will earn their food and housing by working, Lily will work the with the bees, and Rosaleen will be helping in  the kitchen.  They soon  become apart of the  family.  Lily and Rosaleen learn many things about the sisters. June for one is a bit snooty,  May is extremely sensitive to others pain. It overwhelms  her, too much at times. 
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  • Lily meets  Zach, a teen who helps August with the bee-keeping.  She begins to have feelings for him. She feels as if its wrong because he is black and she is white. However she grows close with him.  
  • Lily and Rosaleen also learn about  The Daughters of Mary; a close group of women and one man , who worship a 3 foot statue of our lady of chains. Also known as The Virgin Mary. Once a week they worship her at the Boatwright sisters home. Lily likes this and begins to pray to her on her own sometimes. 
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