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Copy of The Lovely Bones

Semester 2 Book Project
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Brittany Rabak

on 4 March 2013

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Lovely Bones By Alice Sebold “Nobody notices when we leave. I mean, the moment when we really choose to go. At best you might feel a whisper, or the wave of a whisper, undulating down… I was here for a moment. And then I was gone…” Character Paragraph Author Biography Character Videos Literary Devices Chapter Thematic Section: Movie Adaptation: The Susie Salmon is born Mr. Harvey moves in Susie meets Ray and starts to fall in love with him. Susie meets Ruth whom she later touches when she is dead. Susie goes into Mr. Harvey's trap out of curiosity Susie is murdered
(1973) Susie's family finds out she is dead. Jack gets beaten up in the cornfield Simile
"My parents were like sleepwalkers saying yes to his questions, nodding their heads to flowers or speakers" Metaphor
"Samuel and I saw the tremor. The inside shake off of her heart" Imagery
"We both listened together to the rain pour down and the thunder clap and smelled the earth rising to greet us" Irony
Mrs. Flanagan’s remarks, “What do you have in here? A dead body?” when Mr. Harvey brings her the safe holding the actual body of Susie. She doesn’t know what the reader knows. Foreshadowing
Susie mentions in a game that the perfect murder weapon would be an icicle because it melts away and leaves no evidence. Later she influences an icicle to fall on Mr. Harvey throwing him off balance and off a cliff. Simile = figurative language that compares two things using the words "like" or "as".
"My parents were like sleepwalkers saying yes to his questions, nodding their heads to flowers or speakers" Alice Sebold was born September 6, 1963, in Madison, Wisconsin, to an alcoholic, demented mother and a Spanish professor. Sebold's first published book was a memoir of her rape as an eighteen-year-old college freshman. Titled Lucky because one of the policemen told her that she was lucky to be alive. Not long before Sebold's attack, another young woman had been killed and dismembered in the same tunnel (Glaug). The book was many years in the making. Sebold returned to Syracuse University, the scene of the rape, and finished her degree. She studied writing, and wanted to write her story then, but kept failing. Sebold continued trying to write after graduation and moved to New York City, where she lived for ten years. Lucky began to take shape in the late 1990s, when Sebold was studying fiction writing at a graduate program at UCI. A ten-page assignment sparked her to write forty pages about the rape. Although none of that writing was itself included in the final book, the experience was the motivation for Sebold to begin doing research and putting her memoir together (Brennan). She read through old letters and journal entries, the transcripts of her rapist's trial, and even returned to Syracuse and talked to the former assistant district attorney who had helped to prosecute the man, allowing her, even fifteen years after the attack, to tell the story in great detail. She than wrote The Lovely Bones, an award winning fiction novel that led to her success. She lives today in San Francisco, California, with her husband Glen David Gold. The Lovely Bones has been adapted to a movie that came out in 2009. Her most recent novel is Almost Noon. Lindsey breaks into Mr. Harvey's house Harvey runs off after suspicion arises. Abigail has an affair with Len Abigail leaves the family Jack has a heart attack. Abigail comes back and they work on their relationship All of Susie's family finally accepts her death and can now move on.
(1981) Susie Salmon
The narrator of the story, she is fourteen years old. She is raped and murdered at the beginning of the novel by Mr. Harvey in an underground room he built. She narrates from “the in-between” which is in-between heaven and earth. “I was in the blue horizon between heaven and earth. The days were unchanging and every night I dream the same dream. The smell of damp earth. The scream no one heard. The sound of my heart beating like a hammer against cloth and I would hear them calling, the voices of the dead. I wanted to follow them to find a way out but I would always come back to the same door. And I was afraid. I knew if I went in there I would never come out.” This character is definitely a dynamic character. She first experiences death which changes her completely. She spends much of her time telling the story of how her family and loved ones cope with her death. She watches them over closely and feels emotions for what goes on in her family’s lives. She can’t really interact with her family but she tries to give her them hints that she is still there. Her father suffers immensely. Susie was his first born and they had a very close bond. She helped him make boats-in-a-bottle which he later smashes. “There was one thing my murderer didn't understand; he didn't understand how much a father could love his child”. Her curiosity also leads her to find out more about her killer which intensifies her hate for him. She could symbolize innocence because she was just a young girl and that was taken away from her in an un-innocent way. She could also symbolize structure because once she dies, her family starts to fall apart. Her death is the conflict of her family’s struggles. Her self-conflict is Mr. Harvey and excepting her own death because she did not want to die. Allusion
"In my junior high yearbook I had a quote from a Spanish poet my sister had turned me on to, Juan Ramón Jiménez. It went like this: "If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.'" Climax
The Climax is when Lindsey breaks into Mr. Harvey's house and finds a scrapbook about Susie, his plans on how to kill her and a lock of hair. Flashback-
Susie has flashbacks to when she was being killed and certain moments in her life that help build the story and know her more. Diction-
"'This is neato!" I said to Mr. Harvey. " Mood-
The Mood was very tense at times and sad. I felt like I had known her and lost Susie reading this book. Tone-
The author uses words like "the worst thing in the world" and other words/phrases that give the book a tone of how creepy Mr. Harvey was and how Susie was filled with so much hate for him. Point of View-
The point of view in this book is of Susie Salmon. Symbol-
The Charm bracelet is a symbol of Susie and her being. Conflict-
The conflict is between Susie and accepting the fact that she is no longer alive on earth. Another conflict is between Susie and Mr. Harvey. Setting-
The setting is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 1970's and into the 1980's. Themes Movie Adaptation Emily Browning
Susie Salmon Robert Doney Jr.
Jack Salmon Cameron Diaz
Abigail Salmon Christian Bale
Len Fenermen Bill Murray
George Harvey Avan Jogia
Ray Singh Emma Stone
Ruth Connors Dakota Fanning
Lindsey Salmon Thomas Horn
Buckley Salmon Photographs pause time and capture one moment, and the truth of the image captured is not questioned. Throughout the novel photographic images are a main focus. The principal pictures are the ones Susie took of Abigail and Susie’s school picture taken not to long before her death. Susie's photos of Abigail serve to set her free from her roles as a mother and a wife. Also when he develops the rolls of film, he finds the pictures of when the family was talking to Mr. Harvey about his beautiful flowers in front of his house. Those photos capture the moment Mr. Harvey declares Susie as his next victim and the beginning of the long family struggle. As the novel goes on, the characters that possess the portrait change their interpretation of it, symbolizing their ability to move on from the trauma of Susie’s death and to continue on. Photographs I would keep all the major plot points. The setting would still be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 70's into the 80's. As changes go, i would dim down the rape scene because it is not something I would want to see acted out. I was now ready to leave the in-between and go off to the wide, wide heaven. I do not need to linger around earth anymore. I was now remembered with a smile. All the good memories of me went through their heads. No more terrible ones of the “missing murdered girl”. I felt freer than ever.
“Come on Susie!”
“It’s time for us to go now!”
“Look at this light!”
All the girls were calling out to me. I took one more look at my family smiling and laughing holding a new bundle of life in their arms. I smiled and kissed everyone on the cheek. I proceed along with the other girls. We all skipped, hand-in-hand, into the massive light. And just like that we were free. Setting
The setting will be in a small community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where all the houses are of similar styles and some of them will be exactly the same (like Susie‘s and Mr. Harvey‘s). I would make a large cornfield kind of separated from the town (on the outskirts of town). It will being mostly cold looking because it is in Pittsburgh. All the houses on the inside will be decorated just as if it was really the 70’s to the 80’s. Floral couches, strangely patterned wallpaper, and trinkets you find in a home back then. Her room will have pictures of celebrities young girls would have liked at that time. The underground “club house” will be very creepy with lots of candles lit sitting on shelves built into the earth walls. There will also be toys of the time and things that kids would have thought was “cool” to have around.

Changes
I would sacrifice the extent of the rape scene and the love scene at the end with Ray. I would be less descriptive of these parts, not take them out completely. The rape scene is not something people like reading let alone see it, so it will be filmed so you get the idea that he did rape and kill her underground. The love scene will be less intimate or just give you the idea of what happened. I would also leave out some parts of events that happen to her family after she is dead. You will see what they do as they continue their lives but just quick moments that will not spend as much time on as they were in the book. The movie will start with Susie talking, introducing herself and story, as you are viewing her town from a bird’s eye view. The school bell will ring. Susie and other children run out of the school. Susie takes a shortcut through the cornfield to get home. Mr. Harvey creepily stands there in the cornfield. He will seem to be anxious but hides it. He convinces Susie to come into his underground room. You will see and hear their conversation and how it gets scary fast. Susie tries to escape but fails and you hear her scream and the camera zooms out showing the empty corn field. Her family will be eating dinner wondering where Susie is. You will see her (spirit) run out of the room and touch Ruth accidentally. The detective in charge of Susie's case, Len Fenerman, calls Susie's mom and dad, Abigail and Jack Salmon, and tells them they've found Susie's elbow bone. You will see the family’s hearts break as they cry and see the shock on their faces. From her heaven, Susie watches her family suffer. The police will try to find any remains of Susie in the cornfield. Susie's schoolbooks and class notes will appear, including a love letter from Ray Singh. This will go to a flashback of Susie describing how she was falling in love with Ray. Susie enters and watches with frustration as Mr. Harvey calmly goes on with his life (showing him building his doll houses). Susie will later meet Holly who is another victim of Mr. Harvey along with other females. Mr. Harvey puts the bag with Susie's body parts into a safe and dumps the safe into a sinkhole miles away from their neighborhood. Jack helps Mr. Harvey build a hatch but becomes suspicious. He calls Detective Len Fenerman with his suspicions and investigates. Jack tries to explain to him that his sister is dead. The old shoe game piece is sentimental to him because it was the piece Susie used. You will see how Susie keeps a close eye on her killer. Susie will have an emotional funeral service (see people crying). Jack will become more and more annoyingly devoted to finding her . He will run out into the corn field (suspense builds) however, Mr. Harvey is not there, just two teens. The boyfriend beats Jack and he is sent to the hospital. This part will be emotional as you are not sure if Jack survived. Lindsey gets the idea to break into Mr. Harvey's house and find evidence. This scene will be very suspenseful and sneaky. She finds the evidence. Abigail leaves home and family. Mr. Harvey has been gone over a year and nobody has been able to find him. Ray finds Susie’s picture when he leaves for college. Ruth moves to New York City. Susie's dog Holiday dies and comes to Susie's heaven which makes you feel happy because she has some family again. Lindsey eventually falls in love with Samuel and they become engaged. Jack has a heart attack and Abigail comes back. You get a sense the family is coming back together. Susie borrows Ruth's body when she and Ray reunite. They get intimate but doesn’t show much of this. The family is finally able to move on and stop grieving. Susie is shown walking into a beautiful glow as she goes to the real heaven. She makes an icicle fall on an old Mr. Harvey and he falls off a cliff. You feel that he got what he deserved. The movie ends with Lindsey and Samuel’s new born baby and the family all smiling.
Plot Susie’s family is torn apart in their own separate grieving, but they are able to come back together in the end as a whole, fix the somewhat damaged and in need of healing. In the end of the novel, Susie notes the formation of new connections, which she refers to as the lovely bones that grew in her absence. “These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence. The connections, sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent., that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it.” (pg 283). These connections allowed her family and friends to survive the grief of losing her. Interestingly, Susie is also able to “survive” her grief at being taken out of the human world and missing her family. By leaving her family in the end, Susie leaves them to live their lives and to move on from her death. Grieving Stages of Dealing with a Loved One’s Loss Shock & Denial
Pain
Anger & Bargaining
Depression, Reflection, and Loneliness
Looking Upward
Reconstruction & working through it
Acceptance The End Sebold, Alice. The Lovely Bones. New York: Black Bay Books, 2002. Print. The Salmon Family
Jack Salmon, Susie’s father, feels enormous guilt for having failed to protect his little girl, but he also remains devoted to her memory and actively seeks her appearance in some manner in his life. He never finds out about Abigail’s affair with Len. He suffers the loss of a daughter, being attacked with a baseball bat, a cheating wife and a heart attack. Abigail, her mother, grieves several things: the loss of her daughter, the collapse of her family, and the loss of the life she never had the opportunity to live. She is unhappy even before Susie’s. She is selfish when she has an affair with the detective who is investigating Susie’s death and when she decides to leave her family for seven years to take care of herself. Lindsey is the one of the family who suffers in silence and wills herself to be strong for everyone else. Because she is the strong one and is living the life Susie never had, Susie follows her and this is a burden that Lindsey feels only subconsciously. Nonetheless, it is a chain that binds her to her dead sister. Buckley was only four when she was murdered. He is a smart and young boy who honors Susie’s memory. He also can see and talk to Susie. Grandma Lynn is Abigail Salmon's mom. She's a hard drinking, hard flirting, fashion conscious lady who comes to the rescue after Susie's death, keeping the Salmon house in order. Without her things would have been much harder for the Salmons.
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