Essay about The Lovely Bones By Alice Sebold

1204 Words Jan 27th, 2015 5 Pages
People grieve in different ways, when they have been hit with a tragedy. The novel, “The Lovely Bones,” by Alice Sebold, teaches us this similar lesson. By seeing the characters go through denial, anger, and acceptance, the author shows us how the Salmon family comes to accept the death of their daughter and no longer allow her passing to tear the family apart.
All of the characters in the book “The Lovely Bones” experience denial in one way or another. Abigail Salmon, Susie’s mother feels denial in the worst way. When the police first tell her that her daughter is missing and possibly dead she quickly denies it and goes into her own bubble, some place where no one can reach her. With every growing piece of evidence she keeps denying the fact that her daughter may no longer be alive. She had told the police that, “Nothing is ever certain” (Sebold) and refused to believe that Susie was gone forever. The rest of the family also denied the fact that Susie was gone at the beginning. Susie’s father, Jack Salmon at first insists that his daughter is alive and just missing. However, he quickly turns angry which sends him veering into depression. Lindsey Salmon also opposes the facts and dismisses evidence at first but soon realizes that Susie is dead and conceals herself from the rest of the world. The family members do not go to each other for support, but instead isolate themselves and push each other away. This coping method makes it even harder for the family to accept the…

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