Secet Life of Bees

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 132
  • Published : January 26, 2013
Open Document
Text Preview
Katrin Schwender English 9H Period 8
Mrs. Catandella September 25, 2012
Summer Reading Assignment
Quote Analysis for Chapter One:

“The Queen, for her part, is the unifying force of the community; if she is re moved from the hive the workers very quickly sense her absence. After a few hours, or even less, they show unmistakeable signs of queenlessness”(1)

The Secret Life of Bees author, Sue Monk Kidd chose this specific quote for this chapter most

likely because it resembles Lily’s situation. Lily lost her mother when she was little from an accident,

the author uses imagery in this chapter to show the pain Lily has for the loss of her mother. The quote

states.“my first and only memory of my mother was the day she died. I tried for a long time to conjure

up an image of her before that, just a sliver of something, like her tucking me into bed, reading the

adventures of Uncle Wiggly, or hanging my under clothes near the space heater on ice-cold mornings.

Even picking the forsythia bush and stinging my legs would have been welcome.”(5). The reader is

given specific detail so they can imagine the things Lily can see. So the author uses the quote in this

chapter so that the reader can understand the was Lily feels using the bees in the quote

to symbolize Lily’s guide

Quote Analysis for Chapter Two:

“On leaving the old nest, the swarm normally flies only a few meters and settles. Scout bees look for a suitable place to start the new colony. Eventually, one location wins favor and the whole swarm takes to the air”(34)

Sue Monk Kidd chose this quote for chapter two because Lily feels like she doesn’t fit in her

town, so she scouts for a new home were she would feel more welcome. Lily decides to go to Tiburon

when she finds out it might have something to do with her mother. Kidd uses symbolism when she

writes this quote, “I pulled the black marry picture out of my bag and handed it to her. “It belonged to

my mother. On the back is says Tiburon, South Carolina.”... I said “ she must have been there some

time in her life to have owned this picture. And if she was, a person might remember her, you never

know”(51). The reader is given the clue that the black Mary picture symbolizes Lily's guide. Lily trys

to find a place where she would be accepted, because she feel that her mother must have gone to Tiburon for a reason

Katrin Schwender English 9H Period 8
Mrs. Catandella September 25, 2012
Summer Reading Assignment

Quote Analysis for Chapter Three

“New beekeepers are told that the way to find the elusive queen is by first locating her circle of attendants.....”(57)

Sue Monk Kidd chose this quote for chapter three because it relates to Lily's quest to find her

mother, Which she believes is still alive. Lily uses clues just like the bees do. Lily uses her black Mary

picture to lead her to the pink house. Kidd uses a metaphor when writing this chapter and this quote;

“What I needed was a sign. I needed a voice speaking to me like I heard yesterday in my room saying,

Lily Owens, your jar is open. I'll take nine steps and look up. What ever my eyes light on, that's my

sign.”(60) Kidd uses this quote in this chapter so the reader can see the connection between the quote

about bees and the chapter. What the two quotes have in common is that both the bees and Lily are

looking for a sign that would lead them to the queen and in Lily's case her mother. Lily finds the “circle

of attendants” which are the three sisters later.

Katrin Schwender English 9H Period 8
Mrs. Catandella September 25, 2012
Summer Reading Assignment
Quote Analysis for Chapter Four

“Honey bees are social insects and live in colonies. Each colony is a family unit, a single egg-laying female or queen and her many sterile daughters called workers. The workers cooperate in the food-gathering, nest-building and rearing the...
tracking img