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    Denial In The Lovely Bones

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    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…

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    Lovely Bones Analysis

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    1. Plot Summary The story of The Lovely Bones begins on December 6, 1973. Susie Salmon, the narrator, has been raped and murdered by her neighbor, George Harvey, and is telling the story from her Heaven. Harvey has lured Susie into a cornfield where he commits his crime, leaving behind only an elbow as evidence. He has a plan to dispose of her body, so he “[takes] the waxy orange sack of [her] remains to a sinkhole eight miles from [their] neighborhood,” where he knows they will disappear…

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    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…

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    In the novel ‘The Lovely bones’ written by Alice Sebold is about a 14 year old girl named Susie Salmon who got murdered by Mr Harvey. Susie finds it hard to grasp the fact that she has died and can't go back to her family. Instead she has to watch her family go through her death and not know what happened to her. Also, Susie has to watch her murderer get another target which happens to be her sister. I really enjoyed this book because you always want to know what would happen next to Susie or…

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    Lovely Bones Criticism

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    You ever wonder if the dead are truly dead, if their souls escape their body and roam around with the living? In this case, Susie Salmon in, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, sees it all, from every word said, every action made, and idea thought. Susie Salmon was just fourteen years old when a familiar face in her neighborhood took her life. Mr. Harvey raped and killed Susie after an ordinary day walking home from school. What made The Lovely Bones such a significant read was the first…

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    The Lovely Bones’s setting is important considering it was back in the 1970s, when people didn’t comprehend such horrible events such as the following: murder, rape, and kidnapping. In the 1970s people had just begun to realize that kids were disappearing, being killed, raped, and other horrible acts, whereas in today’s society, it’s a common occurrence. Susie said in her narration that “This was before kids of all races and genders started appearing on milk cartons or in the daily mail” (Sebold…

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    Key Ideas and Details Questions 1.When she was 18, Alice Sebold was raped by a stranger. Though this was not her reason for writing The Lovely Bones, her experiences did contribute to Susie Salmon’s character. “Each time I told my story, I lost a bit, the smallest drop of pain. It was that day that I knew I wanted to tell the story of my family. Because horror on Earth is real and it is every day. It is like a flower or like the sun; it cannot be contained.” (Sebold 186). Through Susie…

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    Megan Skolmen 22/04/15 The Lovely Bones Novel By Alice Sebold Published 2002 I read a crippling, chilling novel called The Lovely Bones, written by Alice Sebold. It is a novel that explores many important ideas including morality, love, violence, the supernatural, family and time. The story foretells the perspective of fourteen year old Susie Salmon, who was brutally raped and murdered by her neighbour George Harvey. She tells her story from her view from heaven, as she watches her…

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    Are We Less Trusting Than Ever Before? We have two stories of girls just doing their best to fit in, Susie from the movie, “The Lovely Bones” directed by Peter Jackson written by Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens (All three screenplay), and Alice Sebold(Novel) and Connie from Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where are you going, where have you been?”. These girls are lured to the clutches of dangerous men that seemed harmless enough. They trusted them because they were “a man from our neighborhood”…

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    The Lovely Bones She was murdered at the age of 14 on December 6, 1973. Mr. Harvey had led her to the hutch that he had made her. She went into the hutch to check it out, but then wanted to go home. He wouldn’t let her leave so she tried to escape the hutch but wasn’t able to make it out! He raped her and killed her on the night that she went missing. The strongest symbols that helped develop the story The Lovely Bones are the cornfield, the pompom hat, and the charm bracelet. The…

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