The Secret Life of Bees

After Lily learns that her mother, Deborah, stayed with the Boatwright sisters, she dreams that her mother looks like a roach. What change does this image symbolize regarding Lily’s attitude and understanding?

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Lily sees roaches as unlovable, things that never go away, and things that cannot be gotten rid of. She wants to hold onto her mother, but her memory has become ugly..... she needs to know the truth, but she's afraid to ask.


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