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Chapter 1
Zach O
1. Lily shows signs of “queenlessness” by how she dresses and how her manners are. when she tells Rosaline about the charm school she wants to attend, all the things she can learn from it are things that you should usually learn from you mother.
Dillon M.
2. Judging by the book and the way the characters are treated. I can tell that back then, the "rules" for black and white people were very different. The Black men and women had different "rules" and were treated much worse with less respect than the white men and women. For example, when Lily and Rosaleen were walking in town, the three white men ran into her and got into a fight with her. Witch lead to her and Lily's arrest! Then back at jail, the three men were allowed back into the jail to beat her up for her wrong doing, meanwhile, they were the cause of the contridiction.
Matt E
Q: What can we determine about the “rules” for black and white people, during the time period, from this chapter?
Until page 20, when Lyndon Johnson passed the civil rights act, Blacks were still regarded as lower life forms, and slaves. In a perfect world, blacks should have been given the same rights as whites at that point but many people and rules still prohibited them in many ways. The dealer that attacked Rosaleen states, “Did you ever seen one that black?” and, “Where’d you get that fan nigger?” These are both clearly racist statements that prove that equal rights among all skin colors still weren’t prominent.

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5 Danny L
The quote," his boots wispered uncle sll the way down the hallway." means a lot about t rays chrachter. T ray is reall intimidating so when the quote says "uncle" that means mecry so when he says that, that means people are scared that he will hut him.
Nick J
6. A simile is a comparison using the words "like" or "as". An example of a simile is on page 7: "The gun shining like a toy in her hand". This is a simile because it compares the gun to a toy, showing that it seemed fake. A metaphor is a comparison that doesn't use "like" or "as", but can easily be distinguished as something that's not meant to be taken literally.
Justin B
7. The foreshadowing in this chapter is used when Rosaleen gets beat up for spilling tobacco juice on the white men shoes. Its purpose is to let you think about what will happen later in the book with racism and segregation.



Chapter 2

1. Matt E
Q: Use evidence from the book to discuss whether T .Ray is racist. Can there be degrees of racism, and If so, is it ok?
T. Ray is a racist for one sole reason, he chooses to save Lily from jail and not Rosaleen. He does this because he thinks Rosaleen is dumb as he states in the following quote, “She dumped snuff juice on three white men! What the hell was she thinking?” T. Ray is implying that Rosaleen made a bad choice by deciding to pour snuff juice on white men and not just walk away. This is why T. ray is a racist.
2 Danny L.
The meaning of the metaphor “Lilly Melissa Owens, your jar is open.” Is that its time for her to escape. The reason why they said “your jar is open,” is because the bee jar is open. The jar represents her life so its open meaning its time for her to escape.
Zach O.
3.In this book, Lily lies to the bee sisters about her and Rosaleen. she tells these lies because it is easier than telling them the truth and opening old wounds. One lie Lily tells is, "she fell down the front steps when we were leaving," (Kidd 72). The scars really came from the beating the three white men gave her. she lies because she wants to find out the real truth about her mother, and if she tells the truth, she wont ever find out about her mother's death.
Dillon M.
4. Lily always had that feeling of wanting to run away from T-Ray to her freedom, but she finally does it after a series of sad events occur that push her over the top! One thing that happens is T- Ray yells at her and she tells him that her mother wont let him hurt her and he just laughs at her. Another thing that happens to her is the event where her and Rosaline get thrown into jail and T-Ray had to get them out. Then Lily walks to her room and see’s that the bee’s are gone and she decides that she needs to be like the bees and free herself from the hell hole she calls home, and she needs to take Rosaline with her!
Nick J.
5. Lily is mad at Rosaleen because she wouldn’t apologize to Franklin Posey, and if Rosaleen was in jail or dead, then lily would be all alone with T. Ray and no one would defend her from his harsh and unfair ways. she felt that by not apologizing, Rosaleen was abandoning her to be tortured by T Ray for who knows how long.
Justin B
6. Rosaleen is like a mother to Lily. Their interactions are similar to the little girl and her mother because Rosaleen takes Lily girl shopping and Rosaleen is always there for Lily when she needs to talk.

Chapter 3
Nick J.
1. Lily, who has never met a catholic, thinks that it would be interesting to meet one; contrary to the people in her church who would just try to convert them. this tells the reader that lily is a kind person who actually cares and is interested in other people's beliefs. also, the book implies that she is curious about the religion, even though she doesn't accept it as her own.
Matt E
3. Q:What do you think is the significance of Rosaleens odd dream?
The significance of Rosaleens dream is what the person is doing to Rosaleen in her dream. That person is Martin Luther King Jr., knelt down by Rosaleen drooling upon her toenails, and painting them a lush red color with the saliva. By doing this King Jr. is a providing a, service, if you will, for Rosaleen. Yet this service isn't doing much for Rosaleen. The correlation between this dream and reality is how King Jr. is an African American civil rights advocate granting Rosaleen like many others rights, (the painting of the toenails). What does painting ones toenails accomplish however? Nothing. And that's exactly what the civil rights, in full motion, has done for African Americans.
Danny L.
�244245�. When Lily sees the Black Madona i yotally believe that is a sign. It is a sign because Lily foung the same picture in the bag of her mothers stuff. Therefore, seeing the picture means shes on the right track.
Justin B
6. Rosaleen has lost faith in the civil rights act. We figure this outwhen she says,"Thats what it means, but you gonna have to drag people kicking and screamign to do it." She says this because even though the Civil rights axt was passed no oned followed it.
Dillon M.
4. I believe Lily relies on faith to guide her thoughts and thats why she is always looking for a sign to guide her. She believes that if she keeps believing and trusting in faith, it will eventually lead her to the road that she wants to travel.
Chapter 4
Matt E
2.Q:Lily is a good liar. This helps her, but at a cost. How does it help and what does it cost?
Without Lily's ability to lie so well, she and Rosaleen may not have been accepted into the house of August Boatwright. Lily makes up an alibi to cover up for Rosaleens wounds in the statement that follows, "She fell down the front steps while we were leaving." Lily nakes this up to cover the reason for their departure of T. Rays peach farm. It's a good excuse, however Rosaleen isn't keen of the fact that Lily is constantly stuffing words into her mouth. This is a cost for Lilys lying, addition of distrust amongst Rosaleen and Lily. Another advabtage and downside to lying is creating details that will make the listener more likley to belive what the lyer is saying. Lily demonstrates this in the following passage, "Rosaleen...Smith, and Lily... Williams." Lily makes names that aren't hers to cover up any chance of anyone knowing who she or Rosaleen really is. The downside to this is that you must remember every lie you state; because it's not what your used to normally hearing, it can easily catch you offguard. It does so to Lily in the following passage, "I stood there wondering who she was talking to, who was Miss Williams, when I remembered I was Lily williams now." Clearly lying in Lilies case has its ups and downs.

Zach O.
4. Rosaleen doesn't correct Lily's lies because just like Lily, she doesn't want to open up old wounds. The wounds of three white men beating her to a pulp, or the wounds of T.Ray, and the wounds of Lily's Mourning. Rosaleen feels so much pain just by thinking about these foul memories, that she would never want speak of them again. I get this because I myself have had memories that haunt me, and i would never want to speak of them again. i would do the same thing as Lily and Rosaleen so it would be easier to let goof the pat and look toward the future. Wouldn't you?
Danny L.
�258259�. The reason why Lily says, ".... my skin has never felt whiter." is because Lily is used to being around a majority of white people though out her life. When she was in a house with all black people and she was the only white girl she expeienced whats it like to be the only different colored skined person. So she said she felt really white because she the only one of her race.
Chapter 5.
Zach O

1. the revelation that June says to August is that she dosent want lily there because “she’s white”(Kidd 87) this is a revelation because it showed that June was sort of a racist. in 1964, everyone had some discrimination in themselves. this was a shock to lily because she didn’t think any of the sisters were against her staying here. she was also surprised that her skin color was the reason why she wasn’t wanted


Matt E
3. Q: How does June let Lily know that she doesn’t want her there? What are the possible reasons June doesn’t want Lily to stay?
June lets Lily know that she doesn’t want her at their home while speaking with August. June lets her know that she isn’t comfortable with Lily around.
She does this by saying to August, “But she’s white.” This clearly indicates that June is racist towards whites, thus not wanting Lily around. This is quite the ironic situation, given that at the time blacks are the ones being discriminated against.
Nick J.
2. Lily is wondering whether or not telling May about her mother's death would make Lily's life easier because then someone else would be feeling her pain too. Unfortunately, this would crush May emotionally bgecause May is extremely sensitive. This is explained partially on page 95. “She sure does get upset easy… when you and I hear about it might make us feel bad for a while, but it doesn’t wreck our whole world. It’s like we have built in protection in our hearts. But May—she doesn’t have that. Everything just comes into her—all the suffering out there—and she feels it as if it’s happening to her.” This demonstrates how Lily telling May about her mother’s death would destroy May, which is really selfish of Lily
Justin B.
4: Lily lives in darkness for two reasons. One, she is the only white surrounded by black so she feels like an outsider and a stranger. Also, she lives in darkness because it is a new house/ way of living so she doesn’t know how to do everything. So, she feels uncomfortable with everything she does.
Dan L
5. When lily says," Since Mr. Johnson signed that law, it was like somebody had ripped the seems right out of American life." She mean that ever scince the Cilver rights act has been passed it has been living hell. I mean that because it caused conflict between the blacks who wants to vote and the whites who wont let them so they do anything to stop them. This causes death and violence. Therefore, America represents the pants, so its saying that America is falling apart.
Dillon M.
6. A point of view other than Lily’s in the story is when Rosaleen was talking to Lily and explaining to her how she was getting jealous of her spending all of her time with August.
Chapter 6
Nick J.
2. The verses that August reads are appropriate for african americans because the story of the black Mary getting chained up every day is symbolic of african american rights during the time period. No matter how many times the slave owner would chain up Mary, she would always escape. this provides the hope for african americans that one day, there rights will no longer be chained up, that they will be treated as equal. Eventually that would happen.

Matt E
3. The quote at the beginning of the chapter says the queen produces something to attract the workers. Who might be the queen in this chapter, and what does she produce? Might there be more than one queen and how do they co-exist in the hive?

I believe the queen in this chapter is August, producing the love that unites all the workers. The workers being May, June Lily and Rosaleen. Without August, many bad things would happen, June attacking Lily, May always sad, and much more.

Dillon M.
4. They meet in the privacy of there home because they like to practice there religion in there own way that makes it more unique and special.

There different ways of practicing there religion and worship back mary cannot be done in a regular church.
Justin B
5. If June acted like that to me I wouldn’t be taken back or react to it. I would simply just take it as a uncomfortable feeling that June is having because I am a white person coming into her house.


Chapter 7
Dan L.
4. When lily cries it is because she is feeling mixed feeling about zach.Shes crying because zach and her can never be together "People would kill a guy like me for liking a girl Like you."(135) This makers her really depressed that they cant be together. Therefore, she cries.
Justin B.
3. Zach gets upset when Lily suggests him being a professional football player because all white people think Negros can only be good at sports. Zach said that to Lily, “Why is it sports is the only thing white people see us being successful at? I don’t want to be a football player, I want to be a lawyer.” The reason she said this was because she was raised up and taught that blacks don’t usually have a future for having a high paying job..

Nick J.
6. Now that she’s living with August, Lily has had major changes in her opinions about African Americans. She realizes that they are nice (at least August and her sisters are), and she also is starting to see how easy a simple life can be. Also, she is starting to see the possibility of an African American being attractive to her. She is surprised by this because she never saw one before “I was shocked over him being handsome” (Kidd 116). This supports the idea that lily has never even considered the notion of an attractive African American.
Chapter 8
Zach. O
1. I think that august tells lily about the thirty two was to say “I love you” because it shows how there are significant ways to say you love certain things or people. For example, it might be one way to say I love candy, but another way to say I love you with all my heart. I think this is fiction because it’s just a way for august to teach another lesson to Lily. you can check if it’s true by looking in a language book for Eskimos.
Dillon M.
3. August describes Big Mama’s story of hearing the bees sing on Christmas Eve. Now august doesn’t mean she actually heard the bees singing actual words. She heard them buzzing back and forth to each other and it was like they were singing to each other in “secret code”, hence the title of the book, “The Secret Life of Bees”
Justin B.
4. “You wouldn’t catch her keeping house for white people.” This explains why June resents Lily because for the main fact that she is white. June had a bad experience with house keeping for whites by being treated badly. There is nothing wrong with being a house keeper if you are working for a nice family and aren’t looked down upon. She is against her family working as house keepers because of her experience and she doesn’t want her family members to be looked down upon.
Dan L
5. When the black Madonna on lily's shirt starts to come off it is a metaphor to warn August. August wants to talk to Lily but Lilly says, I got my eye on you. Be careful. Don't go any further (152), lily is basically saying back off I do not want to talk now. So when the black Madonna was peeling off it symbolized of an uncomfortable topic. As if the black Mary wasn’t there anymore
Matt E.
7.Q: Compare a beehive to life in the Beehive.
Life in the pink house is a lot like a beehive, the women being the workers, cooking and cleaning, and August being the queen. Everybody does their part to make the house a happy successful place. The house even produces honey to be shipped around the states. The pink house shares many equal traits as a beehive, the honey production, workers, and the queen.
Chapter 9

Nick J.
6. The difference between Zach and Rosaleen’s confrontations with white men was that Rosaleen poured snuff juice on the biggest racist in town, while Zach just was taunting them and would give the person up when one of his friends hit a white person with a bottle. If Rosaleen didn’t do what she did, she and Lily would never have fled to Tiburon, and the entire story would have been different. She would have stayed with T-Ray, she never would’ve met Zach, August, May, or June. Also, Lily would not experience the “coming of age” probably until later in life. If Zach had done something different, he might not have ended up in jail, and wouldn’t have had to give up his dream of becoming a lawyer.
Justin B
8. The thing that connects Lily and Zach is how well they get together. From when they first met until now they have had a great connection and just let each other into their lives without problems.

Chapter 10
Nick J.
1. The way August could tell something was wrong was because May usually gets very upset over the smallest things, but when she heard the news about Zach, she didn’t cry at all. I believe that May had been on the verge of breaking for a long time, and Zach getting arrested was the last straw. Since May would cry over dead bugs, the fact that she didn’t cry when told about Zach meant that there was definitely something very wrong.
Dan L
2. When May recieved the news she came out to the living room to others and said,"Why didn't you tell me about Zach being in jail?" (pg, 186) it was to much even for a bath or the Wailing wall to hold her. This was because it seems all the other times when may needed to go to the wall it was avout something sad about in somewhere esle in the world. When she found out the news about Zach it more extreme for her because she knew Zach personally. Therefore, she took her own life because she felt so much sorrow, and she could take all the greif anymore.
Dillon M.
4. In chapter 10, Lily says that, "It would be selfish to pour this into her cup". This means that it would be wrong and selfish for her to tell August about how she is Lily Owens and not Lily williams, and that her mother stayed there. August didn't know that May had told Lily this earlier, and Lily wanted to tell her, but when she looked up at August brushing away the tears on her face, she knew she couldn't "fill August's cup of grief", even more than it already was at the time.

Matt E.
3. Q: Interpret this sentence: “This had been the thing they had been waiting for half their lives without even realizing it” (194).
The “thing” they had been waiting for was May’s death. August and June knew that May would commit suicide. They knew this because Mays twin sister, April, committed suicide, and the two sisters had a special bond. It was only a matter of time after April died for May to take her own life because she carried the world’s grief. What finally triggered it was Zach’s incarceration. This was too much for May and she killed herself. June even knew this would happen when she said. “It’s just like April” (Kidd 194}).
Chapter 11
Dillon M.
1. When Zack comes back from jail, Lily notices a big change in his attitude. For example, Lily says, "Getting arrested", and Zack says, "What about it", and she replies, "It changed you, didnt it?" Then as Zack stares at the water, he says, "Sometimes, Lily, I'm so angry I wanna kill something. They end there conversation with a long kiss and Lily begs Zack to not be like the boys that made him wear the fish. Then Zack began to tell Lily how that jail cell was going to make him earn grades higher than ever before.
Justin B.
2. “You just don’t interrupt somebody’s mourning with your own problems.” (Kidd 214) Lily needs to tell August about her mother and what happened, the only problem is that the Pepto-Bismol house was filled with sorrow. The quote is relevant because it may take a long time to accomplish one thing but it will be worth it in the end once it is done.
Dan L.

3. Changing the world believe it or not, could be much easier than changing your skin. When Zach says, “We can’t think of changing our skin, change the world-that’s how we got to think” (216) he means that’s its impossible to change your skin color but, changing the world easier. Martin Luther King Jr. changed the world with his motivational efforts and speech. Now a day’s people of different colors and racists can date or even get married.
Nick J

4. Routines are very important in everyday life because they help to keep balance and if no one follows a routine, then it’s very likely that work won’t get done. Mary Day helped June to cope with May’s death because it was a time to be happy, and when June remembered that May had said to live their lives, she decided to marry Neil.

Matt E.
5. Q: When Lily wants to move back into the honey house, Rosaleen doesn’t protest. In fact, she is in favor of Lily moving back in immediately. Both have gotten used to having space to themselves. Discuss examples from your life when you and your mother, you or a friend, have each wanted your own space, or time without the other. Has it felt like rejection? Was it rejection? How did it turn out?
About a year ago my dad out of a third party pool of rage took my game boy and smashed it on the kitchen floor. To say that I was mad would be a serious understatement. I know he was just mad at something but I couldn’t contain my rage, and I threw the biggest fit. I did, after all pay for it with a summer of lawn mowing money. After a yelling session between each other, we both stormed to our sections of the house and slammed the door on each other. For about two hours we stayed in our own space, segregated from the outside world. It didn’t feel like rejection because we were both in favor of time away from each other. In the end my dad decided to pay for a new gameboy and we apologized. It all turned out fine.
CHAPTER:12
Justin B
2. I would change my answer. The reason is that at the beginning of the book lily was the only white person that went to the boatwrights house. So she needed to expect some resentment from some of them. The way I would change my answer is that I would say that June needed to warm up to lily being there
Matt E.
3.Q: how does the quote at the beginning of the chapter relate to lily's anguish?
The quote at the beginning of the chapter states that the queen of a
hive is a virtually emotionless parent. This means that the only
thing she does lay the eggs. The queen (or mother) has no emotional
tie to her children much like how lily has no connection to her own
mother. Lily explains how her mother never wanted her in the following quote, “It was easy for her to leave me because she never wanted me in the first place.” This sense of disunity and the thought of Lily’s mother abandoning Lily is the source of lily's anguish.
Her anguish even causes her great pain and anger. Lily even says, "'some
mother'... I felt hard inside. Hard and angry." this is Lily's anguish
and what it does to her.

Danny L

6. I believe Lilly has," found the mother within herself." Lily in this chapter that she can be loved by others and that she can love herself. To be a mother you have to be able to love everyone and love yourself. Lily then has finally come to the conclustion so I think she is motherly like. " Most of all o want you to know, I love you. Just like your mother did." (pg 243) This is said by August. This is an exAmple that people love lily. August also says," (pg 242) even June loves you. Therefore, lily is loved so she can love others, like a mother would do.



Dillon M
4.
Lily grew up believing in the fact that her mom did not leave her behind and she believed T-Ray was a liar! But the cold hard truth is, she did leave Lily behind. You see, when Lily decided to tell august about how she is Deborah's daughter. August informs Lily that she knew the whole time and proceeds to tell Lily how her Mom visited the Boatwright house years ago when Lily was young. Lily becomes infuriated with her Mom when she learns that her Mom came empty handed without her years ago. So now Lily begins to believe that her Mom really did abandon her years ago. Through out her whole life, Lily thought that her Mom didn’t leave her, but the truth came out and Lily can’t handle it! She attempts to calm herself by praying but ends up smashing honey jars into the walls out of anger. Yet i still don’t think Deborah is a bad person. I also believe that she loved Lily dearly; we still never heard her side of the story. I honestly believe she had a good reason for her abandoning Lily. Yet we will never know.

CHAPTER 13:
Zach O.
1. This quote applies to lily very well because she is a small girl who has the weight of the world on her shoulder. With all the stuff that she’s known and learned for the past few weeks, she was ready to breakdown and just let the steam off. That’s what she id when she was crying in August’s arms and when she broke the honey glasses. “My secrets spilled out across the room like a garbage truck dumped its sorry contents.” (Kidd 240). She had to let all the weight off her shoulder by telling August or she would’ve crumbled in her own sorrow.


Danny Lamberta

2. When it comes to talking yourself out of being angry, that only works if you’re not extremely angry. Lily was really mad at her mother for leaving her behind. Since Lily really cares about her mother, this was a big deal. Her anger towards her mother caused Lily to smash sacred honey against the walls on page 259. Honey to them is like a cross to Christians. So when she smashes it that was out of
pure rage. All in all, “your either angry or not there’s is no talking yourself out of it,” is correct in a certain extent.
Nick J
13. As the chapter goes on, Lily realizes that her mother actually loved her and wanted to take her away from T Ray. This now makes Lily think better of her mother after she hated her when T Ray told her that Deborah abandoned her.
Matt E.
Important quote/Passage
O Rose, thou art sick!
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy,
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

This is the poem that Deborah double underlined to show significance. This poem actually gives a rather accurate summary of Deborah’s complicated relationship with T.Ray. The rose is Deborah and she is sick because she is no longer in love with T.Ray but she still needs to get away. While Deborah is escaping through a howling storm, she goes to the pink house, a perfect bed. (Pink, a color similar to crimson). The dark secret love, or obsession T.Ray has for Deborah destroys her life. This is Deborah’s life.
Justin B
Important quote or passage
August said, “The churches used to bathe their special statues in holy water as a way to honor them… See, Lily, honey is a preservative. It seals over the comb in the hives to keep it safe and pure so bees can survive in the winter. When we bathe Our lady in it, I guess you’d say we’re preserving her for another year, at least inside our hearts we’re doing that.” (Kidd 269) This is an important passage because the Boatwright sisters have this tradition to bathe her lady in honey. So she can stay in their hearts and not fade away.
Chapter 14
Matt E.
1. Q1: Why did Lily carry around mouse bones? Does that make sense to you?
Lily carried around mouse bones because she needed something to nurture. She was feeling alone and sad and needed to care for something and be a motherly figure that she never had. Lily says, “I decided sometimes you just need to nurse something, that’s all.” This indicates that Lily was satisfying the void in her heart for a motherly figure.
Justin B
4. I think this quote is related to Lily because in the beginning she lost her mother. So she lost her “Queen Bee” as well which made Lily not know what to do anymore. Later in the book when she introduced to August and the Boatwright sister s a new motherly figure/ “Queen Bee” was introduced. This in turn helped Lily get her life back and she can concentrate or focus on what she has to do to succeed in life.

Dillon M.
10.

If Lily grew up and had a baby of her own I think she would be an amazing Mom because of all the terrible feelings and negligence that she had to face when she was growing up. Staying at the Boatwright house changed her because as she stayed there, she watched all of the women who were like her new “mother figure” and learned how they took care of her and gave her love even through the hard times! So from this I believe Lily will be a really good mother because she wouldn’t want her baby to grow up and go through the pain that she went through! Another reason is, on page 278, she says, “I wish that she had been smart enough, or loving enough, to realize that everybody has burdens that crush them, only they don’t give up there children”, This quote makes me believe that Lily will be a better Mother than Deborah

Nick J
11. According to T-Ray, who seemed honest, Lily was the one who shot Deborah. it says on page eight “The gun on the floor. Bending to pick it up. The noise that exploded around us…She was all I wanted. And I took her away.”(Kidd 8) Although this tells the reader that Lily shot her mother, it doesn’t seem real, but when T-Ray says “I could tell you I did it. That’s what you wanna hear. I could tell you she did it to herself, but both ways I’d be lying. It was you who did it, Lily. You didn’t mean it, but it was you.”(Kidd 299) you know that it’s the truth.
Dan L

7. I believe T Ray is mean because Deborah. Thoughout T ray's and Deborah's marriage T ray loved Deborah but was very controlling (controlling is not being mean) at the same time. Debrorah had to get away. “When shed left him, he sunk into bitterness.” (Kidd293) This basically says T Ray went crazy when she left because he loved her so much. T Ray felt betrayed therfrore was mean. I think I would too be mean if I was betrayed and walked out on.

Analysis
Relationships
Nick J
The relationship between Lily and T-Ray is a harsh one because T-Ray is family, but he hurts Lily. She wants to love him and to believe that he loves her, but it’s hard because of what he does to her. Eventually Lily finds out that T-Ray really loved Deborah, but when she left, he couldn’t take it; he tried to keep her with him and didn’t take into account what she wanted, and tried to force Deborah to stay. The just made her want to leave even more. Finally, when Deborah left/died, T-Ray became a mean person. Then, after Lily’s stay at the Boatwright house, she matures so much that all T-Ray can see is Deborah. He starts to act toward Lily the way he would to Deborah, hitting her and punishing her for leaving him, "You're going back with me! ...You never should have left me." this shows how devastated T-Ray was when Deborah left and how much he loved her. But when Lily finally yells “Daddy!” at him, he stops. He realizes that it was actually Lily, not her mother. They looked so similar that T-Ray couldn't tell the difference. Then T-Ray says “I could tell you I did it. That’s what you wanna hear. I could tell you she did it to herself, but both ways I’d be lying. It was you who did it, Lily. You didn’t mean it, but it was you.”(Kidd 299). when he tells Lily the truth, the way he says it, it shows that he really does care for Lily, even though it usually doesn't seem like it.
DAN L
In the book The Secret Life of Bees, the theme of love is shown throughout the whole book especially through Lily and August. The relationship between Lily and August is a mother daughter relationship. When Lily runs away from T-Ray she discovers the Boatwright sister’s house where she finds this older woman named August. While Lily is living there she makes a bond with August. Lily and August become closer and closer to each other. They basically become two pees in a pod because August says, “Mostly, though, I want you to know, I love you. Just like I loved your Mother” (Kidd, 243). Mothers’ are loving and when August said I loved you she basically took the role of her mother. August also could do that because she knows Lily’s mom, Deborah, and also loves her. Therefore, could relate to her. August then clearly loves her when she says,” you’re the most loveable girl I know” (Kidd, 242).
August did everything a mother could do for Lily including teaching her how to love. When August is with the bees with Lily, August says,” send them love and everything will be fine” (Kidd, 149) August means send people love and they will love you back. All in all, that is what Lily is looking for, love. That is how Lily and August has a mother daughter relationship, a relationship of love.

Justin B
Character: Lily
In the beginning of the book The Secret Life of Bees Lily has a gap in her life and she wants to fill it up and figure out what happened to her mother. Lily starts her growth throughout the book when she decides on running away when she says, “In a matter of seconds I knew what I had to do---leave.” (Kidd 41) T-Ray has abused her many times so she finally decided that she need to get away from this negative life style. Lily as well grows when she decides to talk to august about her mom. She decides this when she says, “I hated to be rude, but I found I couldn’t answer, couldn’t speak a word of idle talk. I wanted to know about my mother. I didn’t care about anything else.” (Kidd 233) Lily has gone this time hiding who she actually was. She has been hiding that’s he had a mother and still has a father. She finally wanted to tell August everything about herself, let it all out and learn more about her mother. The last way Lily grows is having feelings for Zach. You figure out that they both care about each other when they say, “We can be together now, Lily, but one day after I’ve gone away and become somebody, I’m gonna find you, and we’ll be together then.”
“… He lifted the chain with his dogtag from around his neck and lowered it over my head.” (Kidd 231) Lily has never cared about another guy before so this a new thing and it is a learning experience. Also, she is growing enough to have feelings for another peer. In the end of the book The Secret Life of Bees Lily finally filled the gap in her life with answers about her mother. She has also grown a lot as a person throughout the book and has learned many things in the process.