Comparisone Essay: Secret Life of Bees

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Professor Women Studies Date Compare and Contrast: The Secret Life of Bees In the book and the movie, The Secret Life of Bees, there are many similarities and also some differences. The book was written by Sue Monk Kidd and published by Penguin Books in 2002. The movie version came out in 2008 and had several big stars in it like Queen Latifah as August Boatwrite, Dakota Fanning as Lily, Jennifer Hudson as Rosaleen, Alicia Keys as June Boatwrite, and Sophie Okonedo as May Boatwrite. Some consistencies between the book and movie version included the death of Lily’s mother, Rosaleen’s defiant behavior, a terrible T. Ray, a loving August, a bitter June, and also the bees. A few differences were in the events after the white men took Zach, and also the level of symbolism with the bees was not as high in the movie as it was in the book. Also, the depiction of the religion the Boatwrite sisters live by was different in the movie than it was in the book. The purpose of this paper is to compare the similarities and differences of the book version and movie version of Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees. To start, there were several important similarities between the book The Secret Life of Bees, and the movie made several years after the book was published. The similarity between the two works made the movie an excellent interpretation of the book and was very enjoyable to watch after reading. The base factors that the producer chose to keep in the movie were essential to how well the movie represents the book. The obvious similarity was the bees, in both the book and movie, the bees and their honey are a huge role through symbolism and finding links to Lily’s mother. It is common that in a movie adaptation of a book, some essentials characteristics are lost to visual effects or because the producer didn’t think it was important. There were a few important scenes
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