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The Secret Life of Bees Symbolism of Bees/Honey. By Georgia LaLuzerne, William Griffith, Ella Taggart, Mitch Kern, and Riley Williams. Bee Epigraphs. Each chapter begins with an epigraph Epigraph relates and/or foreshadows to events in the chapter For example…

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the secret life of bees symbolism of bees honey

The Secret Life of BeesSymbolism of Bees/Honey

By Georgia LaLuzerne,

William Griffith,

Ella Taggart, Mitch Kern,

and Riley Williams

The Secret Life of Bees

Symbolism of Bees/Honey

bee epigraphs
Bee Epigraphs
  • Each chapter begins with an epigraph
  • Epigraph relates and/or foreshadows to events in the chapter
  • For example…
    • Chapter 1: “The queen, for her part, is the unifying force of the community; if she is removed from the hive, the workers very quickly sense her absence. After a few hours, or even less, they show unmistakable signs of queenlessness.” (pg. 1)
  • Talks about workers missing the queen
  • Represents Lily missing her mother

The Secret Life of Bees

Symbolism of Bees/Honey

send messages
Send Messages
  • Guides
    • Bees in the jar, Lily is trapped
    • Bees leave the jar, telling Lily to leave
    • Honey leads her to Boatwright's
  • Help with decision making process
  • Clue to mom

The Secret Life of Bees

Symbolism of Bees/Honey

boatwright bees
Boatwright Bees
  • Bees at the Boatwright's teach life lessons
    • Life, death, community
  • Beekeeping teaches Lily responsibility
  • Boatwright house is like a beehive
    • All women
    • Queen bee (August) keeps things in order

The Secret Life of Bees

Symbolism of Bees/Honey

calendar sisters bees
Calendar Sisters/Bees
  • August – The Queen Bee
    • Takes care of her family (the hive)
    • Oversees honey-making
  • June – The Mourner Bee
    • Plays cello for the dead
    • Everything in life is so serious
  • May – The Worker Bee
    • Short life
    • Weight of the world (the hive)

The Secret Life of Bees

Symbolism of Bees/Honey

queen bee
Queen Bee
  • Various Queen Bees:
  • Lily’s mother Deborah
    • Sylvan/Peach farm
  • August
    • Tiburon/Boatwright house
  • Black Mary
    • Daughters of Mary

The Secret Life of Bees

Symbolism of Bees/Honey

honey
Honey
  • Life is always sweeter with a little honey…
    • Honey represents the good things in life
  • Represents important things in life
  • Healing
  • Hope

The Secret Life of Bees

Symbolism of Bees/Honey