Discuss two passages from "The Lovely Bones" that represent the writer’s style.  Note outstanding features of style (diction, dialect, figurative language, irony, mood, point of view,...

Discuss two passages from "The Lovely Bones" that represent the writer’s style. 

Note outstanding features of style (diction, dialect, figurative language, irony, mood, point of view, syntax, tone).  Provide specific quotations.

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The point of view of this novel is 1st person.  Susie, the dead girl, is narrating from heaven.  Both of the passages I have chosen clearly represent the frank diction of the author.  Susie's voice, as written by Sebold, is not full of emotion.  She does not express extreme anger, sadness, or grief.  She reports to her audience what is happening.  The sense is that, while she feels emotion in heaven, she is somewhat removed from it.  Aside from this casual tone, the writing uses an educated dialect.  Although young, Susie is clearly well-read and intelligent.  She uses quotes from quotes from other writers and speaks without the use of slang. 

In my junior high yearbook I had a quote from a Spanish poet my sister had turned me on to, Juan Raman Jimanez. It went like this: "If they give you ruled paper, write the other way." I chose it both because it expressed my contempt for my structured surroundings ... I thought it marked me as literary.

I felt huge and bloated. I felt like a sea in which he stood and pissed and shat. I felt the corners of my body were turning in on themselves and out, like in cat's cradle, which I played with Lindsey just to make her happy.

Notice in the second passage that figurative language is also used.  Susie describes herself as "a sea" and describes her current state as the strings in a "cat's cradle".  Again, the tone is direct but not exaggerated.

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