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The Lovely Bones By Alice Sebold

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Visualize a world where a significant person in your life died from one’s gruesome desire, where that special someone suffered and became a victim of a cruel, mysterious murder. Was the murder itself quick or was it revolting and brutal? Susie Salmon was a victim of a crime that should not be forgiven. In the novel The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Susie’s past on earth affected people that took part in her life because the past was all that they had of her. Memories of or with Susie were treasured; however, they were also feared by the one who killed Susie’s future.
Out of everybody presented in the novel, Susie’s family thought about the past shared with Susie the most by showing depressed feelings and actions towards Susie’s death, and the moments they shared together. Susie’s sister Lindsey cannot stop thinking about Susie. As she broke into Mr. Harvey’s house, she was thinking about times when her and her siblings would chase Holiday, the times when her and Susie would beg to their father, at the dinner table, for more comic reading, and other memories that stuck to Lindsey. Susie mentioned, “She couldn’t stop the memories slamming into her.” (179). Since Susie is not with Lindsey anymore, Lindsey thinks about Susie more and develops sadness as she thinks about the past. Lindsey overwhelms herself with memories and runs after Susie in the halls of Mr. Harvey’s house that shows that she wants to be with her. Mr. Salmon also was affected by Susie’s death. On December 23, 1973, Susie's dad smashes some miniature ships in bottles, which Susie often helped him with. He sees Susie's projected reflection in each piece of glass. Those memories led to more depression in Susie’s death, and Mr. Salmon never stops thinking about Susie. Susie’s family has suffered the loss of Susie by showing their feelings in the moments of the past.
Susie’s death not only affected her family but two friends developed obsessions that led to unique connections with Susie. Ray was affected greatly by her death. Ray told Ruth as they sat outside the school on a cold morning that he couldn’t stop think about the kiss that he shared Susie; Susie mentioned that Ray wanted the killer to be caught just as much as Susie’s family, or maybe even more. Ray missed Susie and treasured the memories he had with her. He longed for Susie. He even “experimented” with Ruth just to see if that quick-heart-beating feeling will ever come back. Ruth was also affected even though her and Susie only met once after teachers harassed her because she drew pictures of nude women. Ruth started writing poetry about Susie and she was the one who started the cornfield vigil for Susie’s death once winter, brought candles, and asked Ray if he wanted to join. Above all, she was the one who gave Susie another opportunity to live on Earth, and to be with Ray. Ruth was shown as the character that did more things for Susie than any of the loved ones of Susie, even though she only met...

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