What happened to Lily's mother in The Secret Life of Bees?


Morgan Plumb   |   Member since 2019  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Deborah, her mother, died on December 3, 1954, after a heated argument with T. Ray. Lily was only four, but she remembers her mother hurriedly packing a suitcase. She had accidentally killed her mother .

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Rihanna Addis   |   Member since 2018  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Accordingly, how did Lily's mom die in Secret Life of Bees?

Deborah Fontanel Owens: the deceased mother of Lily Owens and wife of T. Ray Owens. Deborah died in a gun accident when Lily was 4.

Additionally, what does Lily remember about the day her mother died? Lily's mother (Deborah means bee) died when Lily was four years old. Her only memory of her mother is from the day she died ; Lily recalls that she may have picked up a gun and accidentally killed her mother.


Maxwell Ryan   |   Member since 2014  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Regarding this, why did Lily run away in The Secret Life of Bees?

Lily notices that the bees have escaped from the jar she put them in, which leads her to have an epiphany: she needs to run away. Lily finds Rosaleen at the hospital, where Rosaleen has been taken after being beaten up by the arresting police officers.


Louise Eastwood   |   Member since 2016  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Does Lily forgive T Ray?

Undoubtedly, there will continue to be times when she will still feel badly about what happened, but Lily now realizes (and T. Ray even admits) that she did not mean to do it and she must forgive herself for the accidental death of her mother.


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How did April Boatwright die?

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How old is Zach in Secret Life of Bees?

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What do the bees symbolize in Secret Life of Bees?

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Why is Lily angry at Rosaleen?

During the scene with the racist white men, Lily wishes Rosaleen would apologize, and, to some degree, Lily gets angry at Rosaleen for even putting herself into that situation by heading to town to vote. As a child, Lily has trouble understanding the power of people to effect change.


Makena Tanner   |   Member since 2016  |  ✔ Verified

What did Rosaleen steal from the church?

Rosaleen steals paper fans from the church because she and Lily are hot.


Eden Simmons   |   Member since 2015  |  ✔ Verified

Why does Lily call her father T Ray?

Lily cannot bring herself to call her cruel, aloof father “Daddy, ” so she calls him T. Ray instead. Rosaleen warns her to watch out, because “bees swarm before death.” Lily insists on telling T. Lily intimates that she had a significant, albeit accidental, role in her mother's death.


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Who caused Rosaleen head injury?

Who caused Rosaleen's head injury and why? Franklin Posey, the dealer, and he wanted Roseleen to apologize for pouring the snuff juice on his shoes.


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