Analysis Of The Novel The Lovely Bones By Alice Sebold

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“These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections - sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent - that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it. The events that my death wrought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous body had been my life.” In the novel The Lovely Bones written by Alice Sebold it that takes you on an expedition that re-lives the heartbreaking moments of a life and formation of new connections between the ones that were affected by the tragedy.
Susie Salmon, the protagonist is 14 years old when she is lured by her neighbor on her way home from school into a field where she is raped, murdered, and then dismembered. In a heaven-like place Susie keeps watch over those left on Earth that matter- her family, her friends, and her killer. Susie is unable to let go of the life she had and spies and lives through those left on earth. She is consumed with trying to figure out a way to make her murderer pay for his crimes. Will the family ever find closure? Will the police ever catch the murderer and recover more than just her elbow ?
The length of the novel, the fully developed characters ,and lessons held within the story makes it a wonderful book. Alice Sebold is a gifted writer and within the first three pages of the novel, readers are hooked. They are terrified and engaged in the main character's narration and suffering. The plot is beautifully written, telling a horrifying story. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is mature enough to read it and loves the feeling of suspense and envisioning a powerful setting. Most of the novel is narrated by the protagonist in her setting of what it seems to be a godless heaven by not having a godly figure in the heaven also she can desire anything she would like such as dogs. The theme of love and acceptance passes throughout the book. By isolating themselves from each other during the aftermath of Susie death leads them into a sort of crazy.Susie’s family all isolate themselves in their grieving instead of talking about the loss of Susie openly. For example, each family member goes into Susie’s old room alone to grieve her death .They finally seem to realize that they need each other to get through this terrible time and accept that even though they will never have Susie back but can hope and try together to figure out what happened to Susie and who did it. Throughout the book they must learn to love...

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