Lovely Bones Essay

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Have you ever wondered what happens to people whose lives are stolen by others? People who had uncompleted business? Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones demonstrates that death is unavoidable through the narration of a dead, 14 year old girl who narrates her own death in great detail. She has been dead since December 6th, 1973 and was murdered by a neighbour named George Harvey. Furthermore, this tragic event leads to the search for closure by Susie Salmon, her family and her friends. The path to closure is filled with many obstacles, and each person reacts differently when facing these obstacles. The death of Susie Salmon leaves a huge impact on Lindsey Salmon, Jack Salmon, ...view middle of the document...

She hides her emotions, in efforts to help her family and herself overcome this troubled time. She is called the dead girl’s sister at school, because of this Lindsey is having troubles with identifying herself. Therefore, she decides to change her physical appearance, so that she can separate herself, as much as possible, from Susie. The more rumors and names she hears at school, the more pain is caused, and the more she is reminded of her beloved sister’s death. Moreover, Lindsey believes that she is making the right decision to end her grief by hiding her emotions. Furthermore, Lindsey seems to withdraw herself from everyone, except for Samuel, at school after Susie’s death. Samuel is the only one who sees Lindsey as Lindsey, he doesn’t think of Susie when he sees her. This is illustrated when Susie says “Like someone who has survived a gut shot, the wound had been closing, closing – braiding into a scar for eight long years” (Sebold, 275). This quote displays the pain and hurt that was caused by Susie’s death. It shows the development that took place in order to accept that Susie would not be returning to her. Although, she has accepted the death, it does not mean that Lindsey has forgotten Susie, Susie will forever remain in Lindsey heart. By the end of the book, Lindsey learns to deal with her family, and she also learns how to enjoy the milestones in her life, even while knowing that Susie will never reach those milestones.
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