The Secret Life of Bees


Provide two reasons, one negative and one positive, that cause Lily to experience such confused feelings about her real mother, Deborah

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There's not much positive word regarding Deborah. She got pregnant out of wedlock, left her husband (and Lily), went back to retrieve her daughter and was accidently shot by her during a fight. Positive? She never gets over it, even after she runs away from home her mother follows her with feelings of guilt. It's a very sad story that ends with peace. The Boatwright sisters took her mother in when she needed them, just as they did with Lily; and through them, she learns there is more than one type of mother.


The Secret Life of Bees