The cycle never stops. But what toll does death take on those around it? The literary world constantly attempts to answer this vital question. Characters from a wide realm of novels experience the loss of a loved one, and as they move on, grief affects their every step. In The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, the roles of Lindsey, Abigail, and Ruth all exhibit the effect of dealing with death over time; the result is a sizable amount of change which benefits a person’s spirit.
Susie Salmon The main character of The Lovely Bones is Susie Salmon. She was fourteen when her neighbour, Mr. Harvey, beat, raped, and killed her. She is part vengeful ghost, part wise sage, and part hyper-romantic teen who gives us a ghostly perspective of Earthly happenings and how the living and dead interact. Susie is a natural with a camera and wanted to be a photographer when she grew up. She carried her photographic eye with her to Heaven and continued to take many photographs up in her heaven.
Tears often made their way down my cheeks as I was completely wrapped up in the novel, If I Stay, by Gayle Forman. The protagonist and narrator, Mia, was portrayed in such a way that you built a very close connection with her. I felt that I was in the novel, I was Mia, the problems she was facing had become mine. I felt the pain of the death of her family. Her heart wrenching choice to stay alive as an orphan or to give into death's grasp, kept me on edge, engaged me, and filled me head to toe with empathy for Mia: making her final decision much more anticipated in my eyes.
Harry, and Cornelia. The most interesting ideas of mortality surround the main character, Granny Weatherall. Her character stops living life to the fullest at a young age when she is jilted at the altar by her lover. This tragic event kills something inside her, though she is determined to prove she is not affected by the event. A state of denial becomes her strongest characteristic as she denies her mortality throughout most of the story by talking about and planning life as if she will live forever.
Anger after bereavement is understandable, and individuals who vent anger usually are not in the position to examine irrationality. Simply saying ‘’I understand’’ may be an effective way of helping the bereaved develop an understanding of his anger.3 Another common emotion is guilt. The bereaved are always likely to go over and over in their minds the days leading up to the death, wondering what they could have done to prevent it. This emotion is especially true when the death is due to an accident. Bereaving people who are experiencing this emotion should be reminded that death is beyond their control and nothing they could have done would have prevented it.4 The Closer the relationship, the more chance for guilt to be a part of the response.5 With members of ... ... middle of paper ... ...’pull yourself together’’.
As a teenager, the road to success appeared bumpy when Quindlen attempted suicide twice. She wanted to get away from her life and pass on to a peaceful place. Her suicide undertakes wrought a new, positive attitude for Quindlen entering education and her new careers ("Anna"). Entering college Quindlen decided to take care of her ill mother. Ought to furlough from school for awhile and reside in taking care of her mother, she spent months by her mother's side, "learn[ing] the ugly truths about death from cancer" ("Anna").
She was murdered by the antagonist, George Harvey. After Susie’s death, her family and friends react in different ways. Each character in the novel went through different stages of grief in order to accept the death of Susie Salmon. Losing someone important in life can be the most difficult things to go through and the novel gives the readers an authentic perspective of each character's emotion. In The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold clarifies the primary theme of the novel is grief and the unconditionally love of family.
“The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold, is a novel about familial love and new relationships forming in the wake of tragedy. A fourteen year old girl, named Susie Salmon, was sexually assaulted and murdered by one of her of her neighbors. The Salmon family were living a quite ordinary life until Susie’s brutal death. Susie’s family had a lot of trouble coping with the fact that a little girl they loved was dead. As Susie watches her family fall apart from heaven, she tries her hardest to send her family and friends clues of who murdered her.
The 1991 movie My Girl tells the story of 11-year-old Vada Sultenfuss who, having lost her mother at birth , lives with her dementia-ridden grandmother and her job-oriented father in the funeral parlour that he owns and operates. The story follows Vada, an extreme hypochondriac who has many strange misconceptions about death, through a variety of life-changing experiences, including the engagement of her father and the devastating loss of her best friend, Thomas Jay. Through these experiences, the audience witnesses Vada’s social, emotional, and intellectual growth, as well as her changing views of death. One of the most compelling elements of this film is Vada’s obsession with death and disease, and her apparent misunderstanding of both. Living in a funeral parlour, death has been a large part of Vada’s life; this, perhaps combined with the death of her mother as a newborn, has contributed to Vada’s rather morbid view of life.
Ray Singh and Justin Foley were both the first kiss of Susie Salmon and Hannah Baker, respectively. How they reacted and dealt with their death can be compared through the psychoanalytic lens. When Susie Salmon passed, she was terrified in the afterlife. She felt angry, that life is very unfair, and most of all she missed everyone she loved. Susie was still young and was not ready to let go of her family.