Lovely Bones Themes

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In the book The Lovely Bones, 14-year-old girl, Susie Salmon, in who lived in Pennsylvania is raped and murdered by her neighbor, Mr. Harvey. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people back on Earth and how they have changed and how they are attempting to get someone to find her lost body and the murderer. Since this book includes sexual content (on pages 12-16) and a little violence (on page 16). “He was inside me. He was grunting.” (Sebold 15) is an example of sexual content right at the beginning of the book. As well as, “He brought back a knife.” (Sebold 16) and“The end came anyway.” (Sebold 16) show violence. Although this book portrays rape and violence, I do not agree with banning this…show more content…
The rape and murder of Susie Salmon hits home because it happens. It’s real. Every day. The book gives off an amazing theme of grief, love and acceptance, and good vs. evil. Grief is shown when the victim, Susie Salmon, must grieve on the devastating experience on what happened to her and how she has changed since then. Not only do we see her experiences of grief in the story, but we must follow her family’s progress through their grief on her death. The grieving is so strong it nearly tears their family apart by the end of story. Love is shown by the further the Salmon family move away from each other, the more they begin to realize they need to turn around and move back to the old loving family they once were. This theme emphasizes just how much we need each other when we are at the lowest emotional level. Acceptance is shown that when someone dies in our lives, we believe we will never recover as did the Salmon family. However, the author uses her characters to teach us that with acceptance comes recovery for us all. These themes give this book some value. With the strong themes and real life comparison, this makes it a compatible reading book for ages thirteen and

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