The Lovely Bones
1. The title of the book, “The Lovely Bones”, has a lot of strong and deep meaning behind it. In the story, a girl named Susie Salmon is raped and killed by a creepy neighbor who had been watching her for some time. The story then goes on to explain how her family coped with the hardships of losing her, which wasn’t easy because they loved her so much. Susie was actually a very loved person. Everyone she met fell in love with her. Making “The Lovely Bones” the title of the book is significant to the story because it shows how much she was loved even though she wasn’t with her family and friends anymore.
2. The point of view in the book is told from first person. The book is first person omniscient in a way because it is the main character, Susie Salmon, telling the story from her point of view, but she can also tell what everyone else is thinking because she is dead. This has an impact on the characterization because if the story was just told in first person and you only knew her thoughts, it would take away from the grief of knowing how all of her family and friends feel about her death and how they are coping with it. If the story was told in a family member’s point of view, we wouldn’t know what Susie was doing or thinking up in heaven and that is probably one of the most important parts that makes the story interesting.
3. The setting of the book is mostly in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Susie’s family lives. It is also partly in heaven where Susie is in about half of the book. The story is also set in California where her mother moves to. The time setting of the book starts in 1973, the day Susie was murdered. The book isn’t just in one time setting. It goes from the past, to the present, then the future. It is like this because of all the flashbacks Susie and her family possess in the book. It shows the future to give readers a hope and taste in how Susie and her family will end up later down the road.
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