The Lovely Bones Theme Analysis

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In the novel of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold there were many occurrences when there was an object that showed to have a meaning other than its literal meaning, to imagine how the characters feel during the novel, there also is an occurring theme of violence in the novel, and being able to have acceptance and violation of the theme. The literary elements that were involved in the novel are those of Symbolism, Imagery, and theme.
Symbolism can be considered a reoccurring theme in The Lovely Bones. One way there was symbolism in the novel was with the object of the monopoly shoe. Susie in terms Buckley can understand. When Susie dies, the family tells Buckley that Susie is away. Once they find out she is dead, they use the analogy of a monopoly
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A theme that the Salmon family has to deal with is acceptance. Susie and her family must learn to accept the fact that Susie was raped and murdered. They can't change the past, but they can affect their future by accepted what happened. They must learn to live with it and move on. The whole book is about Susie coming to terms with her death and being at peace with Earth and her heaven. The violence in this book is another theme that is dealt with a lot. It begins with Susie's brutal rape and murder by George Harvey and looks at his other crimes. This violence is also a violence against Susie's family, which nearly breaks apart under the strain of her death. The Lovely Bones stays focused on violence against women and girls, particularly those whose lives are taken by violent attackers.
In overall, the literary devices of symbolism, imagery, and theme have all been intertwined and brought together in the novel to show the struggle of what the salmon family has had to deal with. But, in the end, they were able to move on with all the misfortune that has happened to their family. Using these devices they helped tell the audience of how the objects were meaningful, how the use of the five senses helps put an image, and what keeps on occurring throughout the book of acceptance and