The Lovely Bones Analysis

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Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones, uses her personal life experiences to create the life, death, and afterlife of Susie Salmon. As a child, Sebold’s household was exasperating and she endured many grievances, having to reduce to comedic ways of handling situations, often in her writing (Humphrey, Theodore).
“Near the end of her freshman year, she was attacked while walking back to her dormitory on the evening of the last day of school for the year. She struggled with her assailant, but was badly beaten and bloodied. After sexually assaulting her in a tunnel that was once the stage entrance to a now-closed amphitheater, he let her go” (Newsmakers).
Alice Sebold, took her terrible experience and turned it into The Lovely Bones. Although she did not die, she found a way to cope with her incident. In Susie’s case, her death affected different characters in different ways. Depending on the relationship, each person had their own way of coping. The loss of Susie Salmon disrupted the lives of those who loved her, yet each learned to cope and continue on with life.

“Jack and Abigail Salmon enjoy a busy, albeit satisfying family life in eastern Pennsylvania, where they raise their three children--fourteen-year-old Susie, her
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Susie’s sister, Lindsey, takes from her mother and copes in the ways of denial. She mentions to her father saying, “I’m handling this alone” (Sebold,14). She migrates away from everyone in her life, but when she finally opens up she talks to Samuel, a boy she is smitten with. She uses Samuel as an escape route to avoid the grief having to do with Susie. Although Lindsey secludes herself for some time, she copes with Susie’s death maturely and continues to live her life. Years later, she and Samuel get engaged and have a child together. Lindsey even names her child after her sister, naming her Abigail Suzanne, proving that she is no longer grieving Susie but honoring her

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