The Lovely Bones Analysis

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“Life doesn’t always end after death”-anonymous. In the novel The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold, she really captures life after death. Susie Salmon, 14, was raped and murdered on her way home from school one day. As her soul leaves earth, she accidentally brushes the shoulder of a girl that she hardly knew who was standing outside the school. She enters her own in-between-heaven. Susie watches her family from heaven. She sees how they all cope with her disappearance, and deal with the fact that she was murdered and never coming back. She tries to give her family the power to move on, and help them get back to normal. Un-fortune things don’t work out the way she wants it to. Susie watches her family and friends fall apart in her heaven. She watches her father struggle to nail the man he suspects who killed his daughter, her mother commit adultery and leave the family, and the man who murdered her skip town and feel the guilt catch up with him where ever he goes.Jack Salmon was a father of three. Susie 14, Lindsay 13, and Buckley 5. Jack also had a lovely wife, Abigail. Jack and Abigail had a wonderful marriage, and a wonderful family. Until one day something that was so tragic, that no family could prepare for. In this essay I will be discussing the themes of Guilt, Love and Acceptance, and of the Photographic Memory that would come to be known as her legacy to her family. The narrator of The Lovely Bones, Susie Salmon, is a normal fourteen year-old girl. She has just received her first kiss and is looking forward to going to high school next year. She is on her way home from school when she is stopped by a man who wants to show her something in the cornfield. Susie thinks she can trust this man because he is a neighbor who knows her parents. Unfortunately, this man, George Harvey, is a serial killer who rapes and murders Susie. Susie is quickly taken to heaven,

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