What are some of the important literary elements that exist in the novel The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold?
The first noteworthy literary element in The Lovely Bones is probably the point-of-view. First person limited or third person omniscient are two of the most common perspectives from which novels are written. It is somewhat rare for a novel to be told from a first person omniscient point-of-view. This is because it is rare that a character would be privy to all information. Sebold accomplishes this by using a narrator who is dead.
The other two elements I would encourage you to examine are flashback and foreshadowing. Essentially, this story is a mystery. It not told in chronological order. The techniques of foreshadowing and flashback are used to heighten the suspense and mystery. As a result, they keep the reader interested. This is certainly a book that once started, is very difficult to put down until it is finished.