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What does the black Mary symbolize in The Secret Life of Bees?

The Black Mary
This picture literally symbolizes Deborah to Lily, and eventually the picture leads Lily to August, a black woman who will become a surrogate mother. Through August, Lily will learn about Mary, whom August considers to be the mother of all of humanity.

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Just so, what is the symbolism in Secret Life of Bees?

The queen bee symbolizes the mother Lily searches for and eventually finds. The beehive, as a community, symbolizes the community Lily finds at the Boatwrights' home. The intricacies of bee life and beekeeping mirror human relationships, life, death, and rebirth.

Additionally, why is Lily thought about the Black Mary? Why is Lily's thought about the black Mary, " she could straighten you out if necessary," both wonderful and terrifying? It prevents her from having a mental breakdown about the death of her sister April.

Beside this, what does the whale pin symbolize in Secret Life of Bees?

The whale pin illustrates that, at one time, he was kind and gentle. However, T. Ray's heart was broken and he has been bitter ever since. Lily's new bedroom symbolizes her new life.

What is the theme in Secret Life of Bees?

THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES BY SUE MONK KIDD. The major theme of this novel is expressed in its title, which comes from a statement made by August: “Most people don't have any idea about all the complicated life going on inside a hive. Bees have a secret life we don't know anything about” (148).

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