During the book The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, the reader is able to see some of the many unique values or characteristics that Lily, the main character, holds.
Even in the early stages of this book one is able to see Lily's character traits, such as, her low self-worth and esteem, her faith in people, and also impulsiveness driven by her desire for a stable and loving family.
Likewise, her life evolves with Rosaleen, her nanny and housekeeper, who she loves as she is the only person who truly cares for her after having lost her real mother, Deborah.
Her mother died from an accidental gun shot, supposedly Lily having inadvertently triggered the gun, ensuring from her parents’ fight.
T-Ray was only concerned of showing how powerful he is and how everyone else is under his jurisdiction.
Lily’s encounter with Rosaleen’s dilemma on being accosted to jail was instrumental in manifesting the surging emotion of fleeing to a more safe and secure place which would provide her with love and affection.A story about how her mother died somehow gives credence to Lily’s guilt feelings.Likewise, she manages to keep little mementos of Deborah’s things in a small tin which she buried in the orchards.Most young teenagers usually have their parents trying to help them gain greater self esteem, but in this case instead of it being a peer or classmate behind the smart remarks, it is Lily's own father.In modern day, this sort of ridicule would be called verbal abuse.Heavier or not, the truth is yours now.” ― “Nobody around here had ever seen a lady beekeeper till her.She liked to tell everybody that women made the best beekeepers, 'cause they have a special ability built into them to love creatures that sting.Although in The Secret Life of Bees, this low self-worth and self esteem is fueled by her cold unloving father who never supported Lily's love for books and reading.He also referred to her, "as Miss Brown Nose in a Book and occasionally Miss Emily Big Head Diction" (16).This story manifests Lily’s struggles through adolescence with bees as the central symbol of analogy between them: both seeking a mother figure (in Lily’s case) and a queen figure (in the bees’ case) to find fulfillment in life.Lily decided to collect the bees that she sees in her room in a jar to prove to her father that they do exist.