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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, and The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling, are quite similar in their themes and character choices. Though one takes place in a graveyard (presumably the very one...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2016 11:29 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

Jack's motive is to kill Bod, and he succeeded in killing Bod's family. He wants to kill Bod because there is a prophecy that Jack, and the four other Jacks who make up an ancient brotherhood, will...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019 12:49 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

One of the themes of the book is the importance of the community in raising children. As the old saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child; but here, it takes a whole graveyard. The...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2020 2:34 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

Chapter Five starts out with Bod being told by Mistress Owens (his adopted mother) to go out to play. Bod doesn't really want to go out to play because it's cold outside, and he knows that...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2015 3:16 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

He simply means that death is the great leveler; despite the differences there may be between us in life in terms of wealth, race, social status, and so on, we're all equal in death. The graveyard...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2019 7:56 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

What Silas means here is that we have more control over who we are than our surroundings. Let me explain. This particular conversation between Silas and Bod is an interesting one. During the...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2018 5:33 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In the story, the Sleer is a malevolent, serpent-like creature. It is also the oldest supernatural being in the graveyard. According to the text, the Sleer is a guardian. It watches over the...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2018 6:58 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

Death’s statistical record of Liesel’s book-stealing is significant specifically because it highlights Liesel’s resistance to the Nazi regime. In spite of this resistance, Liesel continues to...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2016 10:19 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, Nobody "Bod" Owens is a human who has supernatural powers. As a toddler, Bod escapes his crib and is the only member of the Dorian family to not be killed in a...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2020 10:42 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

Bod manages to escape from the evil clutches of the pawn shop owner, Abanazar Bolger, thanks to the help of Liza Hempstock. Liza was once a witch; indeed, that's why she was killed. But, despite...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2019 12:00 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In The Graveyard Book, the main character, Bod, starts out as a baby whose parents were murdered. The baby wanders into a graveyard, where two ghosts, Mr. and Mrs. Owens, decide to adopt him. It...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2018 11:28 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In the book, Bod (the protagonist) runs away after his mentor, Silas, leaves on a mission. He's sleeping by the ghoul gate when he's awakened by three ghouls: the Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Duke...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2020 2:50 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

After meeting the spirit of Liza Hempstock, Bod is determined to get her a headstone. He doesn't think it fair that she doesn't have one. The reason why Liza doesn't have a headstone is because, as...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019 5:59 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

The brooch, the cup, and the knife are the Sleer's most precious possessions. He suggests that he is magically bound to the sole purpose of their protection and has been unable to leave the barrow...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2019 12:00 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

Poor Bod has been locked in a back room by a greedy pawn-shop owner called Abanazar Bolger. Bod has in his possession a valuable brooch. Bolger knows just how valuable this piece of jewelry is, but...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2018 11:57 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In Neil Gaiman's The Graveyeard Book, the primary setting of the story is the graveyard, where Bod ("Nobody") is raised after the murder of his family, and his unexpected escape. Within the...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2011 3:10 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

After Scarlett witnessed the Jacks being attacked in the graveyard, Silas likely knew that both her trauma and the risk of her speaking about the event was too great a danger to Bod. He changes her...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2018 3:00 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In The Graveyard Book, author Neil Gaiman uses humor, fantasy, and suspense to describe Bod and Scarlett's encounter with the Indigo Man. It is extremely suspenseful when Scarlett and Bod first...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2020 2:43 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

Bod has already shown great courage in escaping the evil clutches of the man who killed his family. So when he comes to meet the Sleer in the graveyard, we shouldn't be too surprised at how brave...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2020 1:01 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Silas is the "guardian" of Bod, a young boy who lives in a graveyard. Silas protects and educates Bod and also brings him food. In chapter 3, Silas explains,...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2018 4:40 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

At the outset, their polar differences set the stage for what promises to be an interesting relationship: the orphan Bod, a defenseless human baby, is subject to the laws of the natural world...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2018 6:14 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book is not defined by any one genre; instead, the novel is a combination of the horror, paranormal fantasy, and Gothic genres, depicting a Bildungsroman storyline. The story centers...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2015 8:37 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

Bod and Scarlett were originally good friends together when growing up. They used to hang out at the graveyard quite a lot, and it's there that they discovered a weird, serpent-like creature called...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2019 6:08 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

While the setting of a novel may encompass an overall area, there are also specific settings for each chapter or circumstance. Chapter 5 of The Graveyard Book is initially set in the Owenses' tomb...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2015 7:32 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

Crafting a thesis statement about a novel’s themes is a multi-step process. The first step is to determine the primary and secondary themes. The next step is to figure out the degree to which those...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2018 8:59 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In a work of literature, an omniscient point of view is a God's-eye perspective. An omniscient narrator knows all and sees all, giving us a fully rounded picture of the characters and their...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019 6:57 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In literature, a "hook" is the part of a story that grabs the reader's attention. Usually found in a book's opening scene, the hook serves to pull the reader into the world of the novel and keep...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2016 12:21 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, the central character is Bod, which is short for "Nobody." His last name is Owens, named for the married ghost-couple that agrees to raise him. When he is a...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011 2:33 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

Bod has been warned to stay away from the far corner of the graveyard known as Potter's Field, as that's where the criminals and suicides are buried. This doesn't mean that the people who are...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2019 6:41 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

It's hard to say exactly what happens to Bod after he leaves the graveyard for the last time in The Graveyard Book. Though he has left the graveyard several times before, to go to school, to...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2016 12:52 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

Three of the seven stories that make up The Jungle Book are about Mowgli, the man-cub. The other four are animal tales with different characters and plots. The Graveyard Book follows some of the...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2020 8:31 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book, written by Neil Gaiman, begins with a brutal murder. Jack Frost, a villain, kills a husband, wife, and sister, but he is unable to kill the baby of the family. This baby turns...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2018 7:04 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

I would say the main conflict is when Bod gets kidnapped when trying to take the brooch to a pawn shop to buy a headstone for a girl burned as a witch. Another conflict is that Jack was supposed...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2012 7:58 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In The Graveyard Book by Neil Gamain, the major characters include first Bod ("Nobody") Owens, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Owens, Silas, Miss Lupescu, Liza Hempstock, Jack (the murderer), and...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2011 3:30 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book was written by Neil Gaiman in 2008. It is a bizarre story about a little boy named Bod, a human boy who literally grew up in a graveyard. Bod arrived at the site as a very young...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2019 2:07 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, the book begins by detailing a “man named Jack” and his entry into a house to kill its inhabitants. When Jack enters the house, he leaves the door slightly...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2019 10:59 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

Bod's adoptive mother Mistress Owens makes him go outside to play. Bod's none too thrilled at this because it's absolutely freezing cold. But Mistress Owens insists; she wants Bod out of the way so...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2019 4:41 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

First, we need to dive into the larger cultural concept of "Danse Macabre." Historically, the "Danse Macabre" is a common artistic allegory that began in the Middle Ages. Danse Macabre art...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2019 11:35 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In The Graveyard Book’s Interlude chapter, we encounter The Jacks of All Trades. This is a reference to a popular figure of speech: “Jack of all trades, master of none.” Generally, this figure of...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2020 12:25 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In this most unconventional tale, Silas is the favorite of Bod's tutors; however, as a being who is neither alive nor dead, Silas has responsibilities in the other world that he often must attend...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2014 9:10 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

Nobody Owes (Bod) is an orphan raised in a graveyard. He is the child of slain parents and the brother of a slain sister. Bod is raised by his adoptive ghost parents, Mr. and Mrs. Owens. He is also...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2019 12:31 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

The ghouls are the most nefarious beings Bod comes across in the graveyard. The ghouls are ugly, dirty, and completely self interested. Their biggest interests are eating corpses, turning others...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2020 1:24 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In chapter 3, Bod meets various ghouls and is taken to the city of Ghûlheim. Bod describes the city as "every nightmare he had ever endured" and compares it to "a huge mouth of jutting teeth." The...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2021 2:34 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

The Sleer doesn't need to use a gun, a knife, a sword, or any other kind of conventional weapon. Instead, he uses fear. As the Sleer explains to Bod, he uses fear to guard his master's...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2020 12:05 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

As chapter one opens, a mysterious man named Jack whose hair and eyes are "dark" and who "wore black leather gloves of the thinnest lambskin" has just murdered three members of a family. He climbs...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2020 1:05 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In Neil Gaiman’s novel The Graveyard Book, a man named Jack succeeds in killing all the members of a particular family except the young infant he particularly wants to murder. This infant,...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011 9:34 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

The evil Jack has just wiped out Bod's entire family. He creeps up to the little toddler's bedroom with the express intention of finishing the job. As he stealthily tiptoes his way through the...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 8:08 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In The Graveyard Book, the matter of "custody" of the baby is decided both by the willingness of Mrs. and Mr. Owens to take the child into their protection, as well as input from the rest of the...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2019 3:07 am UTC

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The Graveyard Book

It is difficult to know for certain what you consider the middle of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. However, one interesting adventure Bod faces in what seems to be the story's midpoint is Bod's...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2011 2:55 pm UTC

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The Graveyard Book

In the delightful tale The Graveyard Book, the living residents of the town prepare to dance the Macabray with their ghost friends and relatives by collecting flowers. The Lady Mayoress of the town...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2019 3:27 pm UTC

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