In The Lovely Bones the theme of love is a prevailing one. The theme of love acts as a counter to the death and violence the occurs throughout the book. One of the strongest showings of love is the love Susie has for her family and the love they have for her. One quote showing this theme is: “My mother had been the one who knew the meaning of every charm on my bracelet – where we had gotten it and why I like it. She made a meticulous list of what I'd carried and worn" (Chap. 2 Page 47). Abigail, Susie’s mother, knows all the intimate means that the charms on Susie’s bracelet held. Her knowledge of this shows how much love she had for her daughter. This quote appears at a point in the story where Susie is pleased at being thought of and remembered those most important in her life.
Another quote that shows the theme of love is about Susie’s dad. “He christened the walls and wooden chair with the news of my death, and afterwards he stood in the guest room/den surrounded by green glass” (Chapter 3 Page 64). The quote is about Susie’s father Jack throwing the ships in a bottle at the wall. He and Susie made these together, his anger and despair in this moment shows how much he loved his daughter. This moment is made even more significant because Jack Salmon sees the reflection of Susie’s ghosts in one of the shards.
To be honest, I would start with the first lines of the book. A salmon should return home to spawn; Susie can't. It spells out that she was killed, and that she lived in a time and place where missing girls were so common that newspaper pictures of them had a common look. That's very sad. Would that work?
Yes I think it could. Thank you very much for your help. In addition to that, maybe I will include a few other passages of a couple members of the familys' personal ways of greiving. Ex: Buckely built a fort; Lindsey snuck in her room; Their mother had an affair; etc.