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The Lovely Bones is not based on a true story. We learn this in the first lines of the book, when Susie Salmon tells us that she was fourteen at the the time of her murder. Since dead people cannot...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2020 12:34 pm UTC

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In chapter 1 of The Lovely Bones, George Harvey tells Susie “I’ve made a little hiding place”, prompting her to join him in a trap that he has set for her. He then tells her “You aren’t leaving,...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2018 7:34 pm UTC

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George Harvey is eventually suspected of being a serial killer, which he is, but he is never caught or punished for the crime. There was never enough definitive proof to arrest him. At the end of...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2010 10:43 pm UTC

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In Chapter 21, Ruth and Ray visit the sinkhole the day before the Flanagan family has arranged for it to be filled with concrete. In a chilling and meaningful moment, Ruth wonders out loud to Ray...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2019 7:09 pm UTC

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The torturous and murderous Mr. Harvey cuts up young Suzie's body with a knife. He dismembers her in order to hide her body. The rape and murder of Suzie is made all the more horrific by the...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2018 4:10 pm UTC

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Although she is a fairly minor character in the book, Flora Hernandez is a key catalyst for Susie to release some of her pain following her murder in The Lovely Bones. Like Susie, Flora Hernandez...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2021 2:01 pm UTC

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He does know. He can't prove it. Susie's dad knows from the way George Harvey looks at him, and Harvey's manner when Susie's dad helps Harvey build the tent. One of the themes of the book is how...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2010 12:07 pm UTC

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No, the police do not catch Mr. Harvey. However, he is suspected and questioned by the police. Unfortunately, the police are not able to connect Mr. Harvey to the crime. The investigation...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2019 4:58 pm UTC

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I would argue that there are two overall themes in Alice Sebold’s thought-provoking novel: grief and letting go. The most memorable scene of grief in this novel is arguably the moment when Susie’s...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2021 7:47 pm UTC

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Mr. Harvey (Susie Salmon's killer) dies on page 327 of the very last chapter called "Bones" (the only chapter with a verbal instead of a numerical name); however, it is not the fact that he dies...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2010 8:24 pm UTC

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Apart from a very significant literary allusion, I am guessing that it was the writer of the screenplay for The Lovely Bones that wrote the poem you speak of (because Alice Sebold does not include...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2010 12:30 pm UTC

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The title is significant as it refers to Susie Salmon, the young fourteen-year-old girl who is brutally raped, murdered, and dismembered in the book. The bones for which her family and the police...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2008 10:44 pm UTC

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In the novel The Lovely Bones, the title has various implications as the reader explores the story. At first sight, the title suggests bones as a literal part of a skeleton. Before even reading the...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2018 2:35 pm UTC

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Alice Sebold became inspired to write The Lovely Bones from two different instances. The first instance, is her own horrible experience having been a victim of a brutal rape during her college...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2012 2:33 pm UTC

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While The Lovely Bones is told from a deceased person's point of view, it is not a fantasy. The film version devotes so much time to the fantastical elements of Susie's time in Heaven, that much of...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2010 2:52 am UTC

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Mr. Harvey's unusual death—stumbling into an icy ravine after being hit by a falling icicle—is deeply symbolic. Harvey has gotten away with all the terrible crimes he's committed over the years,...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018 7:34 am UTC

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When examining figurative language, keep in mind that it is writing that the author does not intend for you to take literally. Figurative language adds depth and beauty to the author's story. In...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2018 12:30 am UTC

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The effect that Susie Salmon's death has on her family is life-changing to say the least. All are completely shaken and unable to function in their day-to-day lives to varying degrees. As Susie was...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2020 8:25 pm UTC

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It is best to leave it to an early high school population due to the nature of the story, and because there is expletive language used in the book. The description in which Susie is raped and...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2010 9:41 am UTC

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One of the fascinating aspects of this novel is the way in which it presents us with a whole gamut of different reactions to death. Whilst Jack becomes obsessed with finding his daughter's...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2011 8:32 pm UTC

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After Susie Salmon’s death, both parents suffer from their loss and their guilt over the difficulty of helping the other children because of the weight of their own grief. Abigail, her mother,...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2019 9:13 pm UTC

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The main difference between the novel The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold and filmmaker Peter Jackson's adaptation for the screen lies in the portrayal of the world of heaven experienced by the main...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2016 1:54 pm UTC

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On page 8 of my version of this book, which is the ebook, Mr Harvey instructs Susie to take her clothes off. This, he says, is so that he can check if she is still a virgin. Rather than obeying...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2018 5:53 am UTC

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Abigail leaves her family for seven years to take care of herself. She walks out in 1975. She is profoundly unhappy and has deep grief and guilt over Susie's death. "Her need to find...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2008 7:46 am UTC

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It is very common for serial killers to experiment with killing animals before they move on to humans, or kill animals when they do not have access to humans. Killing animals is actually part of...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2012 1:10 am UTC

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The answer to this question can be found in Chapter Two of this great novel. This, of course, occurs directly after the brutal murder of Susie by Mr. Harvey in his structure that he had built in...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2011 7:33 pm UTC

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Susie and her father had made the ships in a bottle together, and they are a reminder to him of her death. Jack, Susie's father, looks at the snow globes and the bottles with ships inside as...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2010 5:53 am UTC

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Alice Sebold’s intention on writing “The Lovely Bones” was to let the reader know that ordinary human connections are tricky and complicated, but it is exactly these connections that make us human....

Latest answer posted January 10, 2009 4:58 pm UTC

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Susie Salmon's heaven is an amalgamation of her own dreams and wishes as told by Alice Sebold. It is in no way the "traditional" image of heaven (with angels, pearly gates, and clouds). Susie's...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2009 12:45 am UTC

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One of the major themes in Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones has to do with the power of love to guide the process of grieving and healing. When the novel opens, the reader learns immediately that...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2010 11:07 am UTC

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In addition to the other techniques mentioned in the previous posts, Sebold also uses elements of the supernatural that takes her novel outside the realm of straightforward realism or...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2018 10:29 pm UTC

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Figurative language is used in literature to make writing more imaginative. A metaphor is a type of figurative language that compares two unlike things without using the words like or as. A simile...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2018 5:42 pm UTC

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One conflict is between Abigail and Jack. They each need to deal with Susie's death in a different way, and they do not understand each other's grieving processes. Jack faces his memories head-on,...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018 6:31 am UTC

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Although there are several understandings of grieving process, a popular framework is the five stages of grief, also known as the Kübler-Ross model. This argues that those who have lost a loved one...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2020 8:05 pm UTC

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In The Lovely Bones, one of the critical pieces of evidence left behind after Susie is murdered the keystone state charm. The charm itself is representative of Suzie because it bears her initials....

Latest answer posted July 4, 2019 11:26 pm UTC

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In Chapter 11, readers learn that Mr. Harvey kept the bodies of animals he'd killed hidden in his crawlspace. In Chapter 14, readers see that he keeps an odd sketchbook. In Chapter 15, though, we...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2009 4:05 am UTC

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I think that when reading The Lovely Bones, the first connection I made was with Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak. It is a story about a young girl who was raped at a party and called the cops who...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2010 9:39 am UTC

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It's summertime in chapter 10 of The Lovely Bones. Ruth, Samuel, and Lindsay are attending the statewide Gifted Symposium, a retreat for bright children from the seventh, eighth, and ninth grades....

Latest answer posted August 23, 2018 9:20 am UTC

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In my opinion, one of the first indications that the family is using isolation to cope manifests itself in their isolation from Susie's room: Already my private territory had become a no man's...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2010 2:38 pm UTC

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By anyone's standards Mr. Harvey is a throughly nasty piece of work. As a child-murderer and pedophile he's not exactly someone who invites much in the way of sympathy. Though he undoubtedly had a...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2019 1:02 pm UTC

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Susie Salmon in The Lovely Bones is a lot like Mia Hall in If I Stay. Both characters are kept from participating in the action of the book for most of the story. In Susie's case, it's because...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2018 11:10 pm UTC

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Alice Sebold nicely marks the answer to your question by a line that vividly stands out in the text: "These were my dreams on Earth." Namely, Susie's dreams on earth often focus on high school....

Latest answer posted June 4, 2010 1:09 pm UTC

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It is actually two similes because it first compares horror on earth to a flower and then it compares it to a sun. They are both similes because each use the word like. Sebold is purposely using...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2010 7:10 am UTC

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George Harvey is an unassuming person; he doesn't leave much of an impression on others. Most people aren't suspicious of him. Susie says that Harvey wears small round glasses with gold frames....

Latest answer posted May 24, 2019 1:59 am UTC

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Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones tells the story of the Salmon family and their journey of self-discovery that comes after the death of oldest daughter, Susie. Each member of the family embarks on...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2018 1:53 pm UTC

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The two other social issues in the novel are violent sexual crimes against children and the difficulty of identifying pedophile sex offenders. Let's discuss the social problem of pedophile sex...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2017 1:56 pm UTC

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The story, as well as Susie's issue in the story is watching these three persons (her mom, her Dad, and her sister) go through the 5 stages of grief which are: denial, anger, bargaining,...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2010 9:12 am UTC

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You know, this is a REALLY good question! Even though it's one of those that is directly stated in the book, it is glossed over so very much that one doesn't notice the answer. It's just the kind...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2010 12:25 pm UTC

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Great question! There are a number of social issues in just about every book out there. Some social issues include bullying, obesity, divorce, moving, unemployment, death and yes, grief. A social...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2015 11:51 pm UTC

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Susie's mother, Abigail Salmon, can be used as an example of both internal and external conflicts. Abigail struggles internally with dissatisfaction with her life. She loves her husband and...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2009 3:52 am UTC

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