Essay on The Lovely Bones By Alice Sebold

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"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973." (Sebold 1). The Novel The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold is a story of a young fourteen-year-old girl named Susie. In this novel, Susie is raped and murdered leading to a great amount of grief for her and the people around her. Similarly, whenever Sebold was a young woman in college, she was raped leading to traumatic experiences along with being told she was “lucky to be alive” since another woman had been murdered in the same spot of her rape (Biography). Along with this horrible experience, one can only imagine the hardships a person could go through. This being said, when a loved one is forced into such a traumatic experience or dies, each individual touched goes through their own form of grief and acceptance yet eventually has to move on with life. The theme of grief and acceptance of losing a loved one is evident and personified through each individual character and shows how they all have their own way of facing the issue of Susie’s death. Susie as well has to face her own form of undertaking these issues. It is completely understandable once a member of your family to have been raped and then brutally murdered to go through some sort of lamentation. The family all goes through individual mourning for sure just in different ways yet still suffers from a loss. Abigail, Susie’s mother, reacts to grief through isolation from the rest of her family. Although…

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