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Is there a citable quote from The Lovely Bones that describes the theme? (Grief, family...

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cocoree | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 18, 2008 at 1:52 PM via web

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Is there a citable quote from The Lovely Bones that describes the theme? (Grief, family and relationships, etc.)

I must have a quote to describe the theme of this book and couldn't find one, so far! Any ideas? Page numbers are great!

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merehughes | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted March 20, 2008 at 8:36 PM (Answer #1)

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The one thing that occurs to me is the first chapter.  There is so much in this one chapter that ties into the themes of the book. 

The man who murdered Susie offers his condolences to her mother and Susie who is in her heaven by this time tells the reader that her mother's pain will never lessen. The man acts as if he cannot remember her name and the mother says her name. "Susie," my mother said, bracing up under the weight of it, a weight that she naively hoped might lighten someday, not knowing that it would only go on to hurt in new and varied ways for the rest of her life.

In this first chapter we learn a lot about her family and their relationships to each other but his one quote I think is telling of how even if a family suffers a loss - the pain never really goes away. 

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