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FREE SUMMARY-THE LOVELY BONES BY ALICE SEBOLD
The climax of a plot is the major turning point that allows the protagonist
to resolve the conflict. This moment occurs when Susie has her greatest
wish fulfilled: she makes love with Ray Singh through the miracle of entering
Ruth’s body. This allows her to “grow up” and so enter the Heaven where
she truly belongs.
The outcome is the final resolution of the story or the denouement.
In the end, every family member has accepted his or her way of grieving
for Susie and cut the cord that binds him or her to Susie, cords that
keep Susie bound to Earth. They move on with their lives and Susie accepts
her own death.
The novel revolves around the story of Susie Salmon’s rape and murder and the resulting pain her family faces as they journey through the process of grief. The five stages of grief as identified by psychologists are obvious for each family member as the novel unfolds over an eight year period from 1973 to 1981.
Knowing the process of grief is helpful in understanding the steps each
member of the family takes:
1. SHOCK AND DENIAL
The reality of death hasn't hit home, it hasn't yet been accepted. You feel stunned and bewildered, everything seems unreal.
You lash out at family, friends, the doctor, or the world in general. Expect to experience feelings of guilt or fear during this stage.
You ask for a deal or reward from either God or the doctor. Comments like "I'll go to Church every day, if only my loved one will come back to me" are common.
Depression occurs as a reaction to the changed way of life created by your loss. You feel intensely sad, hopeless, drained and helpless. You miss, and constantly think, about your loved one.
Acceptance comes when the changes resulting from your loss are stabilized into a new lifestyle.
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