In A Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd uses the bees and their hive as a metaphor of life. The bees work together just like a society on the bee hive. The hive is run by the queen bee or the “mother bee”. Lily eventually figures out that the queen can be replaced once she dies. This helps her realize that just because her original mother died it doesn’t mean that she can’t have another mother figure in her life. Fortunately Lily had Rosaleen and August to take the role of her “mother”. Without the bees Lily would have never changed her life in a positive way.
In the beginning the bees play an important role because they came to Lily’s room to give her a signal ...view middle of the document...
Once the bees queen bee or “mother bee” dies at first all the bees are confused and do not know what to do just like Lily was. But, then they got a new queen bee and everything went back to normal. This taught Lily that having Rosaleen or August as a mother figure in her life was okay even if they were not her real mother. Once Lily figures this out a big weight is lifted off of her shoulders because she now has a mother in her life who she can trust and tell anything too.
Having an all women bee hive really helps Lily comprehend that just because she is a women doesn’t mean she can’t be strong and accomplish great things. Since Lily lives in a all female home this really means a lot and the bond that she has with Rosaleen, May, June, and August grows stronger because of this. Also watching all the bees work together to keep their society stable makes Lily realize the power of the human community. If humans work together just like the bees do then anything can be accomplished. With that attitude Lily really gains confidence all throughout the book.
Without the bees in the book Lily would have never changes her life in a positive way. The bees played the biggest role in her life out of anyone because they taught her so many life lessons. Bees helped Lily realize that it is okay to have another mother figure in her life, being a women means that you can be strong and do all things that men do, and bees gave her signs on what to do with her life that helped her a great amount. All in all the bees in the story really helped make who Lily was at the end of the book. They helped grow Lily into a very strong and confident young woman.