Lily Owens's Story

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Lily Owens is the main protagonist in this book, and the story is told from the point of view of

her. Lily is a 14 year old white girl who was born in Sylvan, South Carolina. When Lily was only

four she witnessed her parents fighting and arguing then she saw a gun appear on the ground; it

had fallen from Deborah’s hand’s and, grabbed it and tired to hand it to her mother; Deborah, but

instead accidently fired the gun at her mother and killed her. Lily has been living with her abusive

father T. Ray and her housekeeper/nanny Rosaleen who is the closest mother figure lily has.

Lily has decided she has had enough of her father; T. Ray’s abuse she then ends up running off

with Rosaleen after she has gotten
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Lily has never really known her mother but

still favors her over her father T. Ray mainly because of his abuse and lack of empathy for

herself. Throughout the whole story Lily’s love for her mother and hate for her father go through

a new transition and phase chapter after chapter.

Lily is so obviously infatuated and bluntly in love with her mother. Lily has a perfect painted

image of her mother in her mind as a saint, an angel. Which explains why Lily is

even more saddened by the cruel reality that she killed her own mother, even stating in chapter

1 and page 9 that she would meet her mother in paradise apologizing,“That night I lay in bed and

thought about dying and going tobe with my mother in paradise. I would meet her

saying,"Mother, forgive. Please forgive," and she would kiss my skin till it grew

chapped and tell me I was not to blame. She would tell me this for the first ten thousand years.

suggesting even if she had a chance to Come face to face with her one more time she would

apologize to her, and that her mother would comfort her with a mother’s touch and tell
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She was all I wanted. And I took her away.” Lily is saying exactly what she means. All Lily had

Wanted was to just be with her mother, all she was trying to do that day was give back the gun

to her mother and help them get away from her father T.Ray, but instead had ended up doing the

exact opposite. In a way Lily is saying that she was her own destruction. Lily has created

Deborah to be a larger than life person and once august tells her about her Mother Lily see’s

flaws and the pedestal lily had her mother on is broken, in chapter 12 page 192 “I’d

spent my life imagining all the ways she loved me, what a perfect specimen of a mother she

was. And all of it was lies. I had completely made her up.” In chapter 12 and page 362

Lily and August share a conversation about her mother "Why?" I said. "Why didn't she

bring me?" "All I know, Lily, is that she was depressed, kind of falling apart”. Lily then goes on to

say "I hate her,". Lily is upset with the fact that her mother didn’t bring her, even though August

tries to explain that sometimes when people are depressed they don’t think Straight, but Lily

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