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Dhruvi Shah Professor MeredithEnglish 0575 May 2020Journal #2 – The Secret Life of Bees Journal 1Chapter 1In the epigraph above, Deborah is represented by the queen, and Lily and T- Ray are represented by the community. The epigraph talks about how without a queen taking care of the members, the community will suffer. Throughout Chapter one, Lily shows many signs of queenlessness andher yearn for a mother and how Lily and T-Ray’s relationship suffers because of this. It is shown in the chapter Lily’s queenlessness when she talks about not fitting in with the rest of the girls at her school because of her lack of fashion. She states, “ I felt half the time I was impersonating a girl instead of really being one.” This shows how Lily is queen less because she has never had a mother to teach her things about fashion. Therefore, she feels isolated at school since the rest of the girls have mothers who help them with how they look. Whereas, if her mother was still around, she would feel less isolated and more taught on how to dress nicely. The chapter also shows how Lily and T-Ray quickly senses her absence and how the force of the community is no longer unified Deborah’s death affected T-Ray by how he treats Lily making her kneel on grits constantly yelling at her, and making her feel like she is not loved by not caring about her. As said in the chapter, “He yanked the bread out of my hands and threw it into snout’s food bowl.”
This quote is significant because it shows how much T-Ray does not care for Lily when Deborah died Lily and her father grew apart. To conclude, the chapter relates to the epigraph in two major ways. One shows Lily’s queenlessness through her lack of fashion and the other shows the community not being unified through Lily and T-Ray’s worsening relationship.Chapter 4In the novel “ The secret Life of Bees” the epigraph in chapter 4 said that the Boatwright house hold is a sustainable and hardworking household without male assistance. This reflects the fact that the three sisters have a traditional preserve and are hardworking and that male roles are not really evident between their work and life. “ August is so intelligent and so cultured, and I was surprised by this.” This surprised lily because T-Ray influenced her to believe that colored women were not smart but once August, May and June explained how everything works and what the three of them do. Lily started to think differently. With regard to a connection with malebees and male roles in the book. The book states, “males are reared only at the times of year when their presence is required” In short, this reflects on how male roles are not really required for the Boatwright sisters and male assistance is only called upon when required. For example,