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Mothers are caring and supportive figures that help a child developinto someone who can go through life on their own Lily Owens has tolive her life despite not having a mother to lean on Due to an abusivefather Lily has to leave her house and a find a place where she feelscared for In the novel The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd theauthor uses conflict to force Lily through life without a mother figureFirst Rosaleen is one mother figure that supports Lily through hertough times While Lily lived on her own with T Ray Rosaleen stood upfor her against him Lily first knew Rosaleen loves her when shetold T Ray that he wasnt going to touch Lilys chick 11-12 Because of the conflict of her mother dying while she was youngand T Ray not being a nice father this was the first time Lily feltloved By doing this Rosaleen showed Lily that she was there for herand would protect her from T Ray Later when Lily passes out whilereaching for Black Marys heart Rosaleen makes sure Lily is okay andfussed over her the rest of the evening 112 Acting like afill-in mother Rosaleen cares for her and wants Lily to be safeBecause her own mother is dead Rosaleen feels as if it is herresponsibility to take care of Lily because she loves her Rosaleen hasbeen Lilys mother figure to her sense she can remember Likewise August acts as a mother for Lily by letting her have a placeto stay and someone to lean on When Lily is lost with no place to liveAugust brings her in and jokingly says we cant have you living onthe side of the road 72 Lily is recognized by August and sheknows Lily is in a tough spot with no mother August also is a kindperson at heart and let Lily into the house with the intentions ofletting her know that she cares about
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