The novel "The Lovely Bones" is based on the true story of a 14-year-old girl from Norristown, Penn., who was kidnapped, raped and murdered in 1973. Written by Alice Sebold, this novel was published in 2002.
The book is narrated by 14-year-old Susie Salmon, from up in heaven, where she watches her loved ones grieve over her death. The book spans several years, starting with Susie's death on Dec. 6, 1973. Throughout the book, Susie wanted to be alive and back with her family to ease their grief. The themes present in the book are rape, adultery, violence, grief and forgiveness,Learn More
The island in Yann Martel's novel, "The Life of Pi," is meant to symbolize Pi's despair. Piscine Molitor Patel, or Pi, is the story's protagonist and narrator who tells the story of spending 7 months lost at sea as a young boy. Pi expresses a fear that the island would have eaten away at his soul and deadened his spirit if he had remained there.Full Answer >
There are several different kinds of symbols in J. R. R. Tolkien's novel "The Hobbit," many of which appear to reference elements of Norse mythology, the Christian Bible and the wars of 20th-century Europe. "The Hobbit," set in the fantasy realm known as Middle Earth, features objects, creatures and locations that are often interpreted as symbols, although the author denied using symbols or allegories intentionally.Full Answer >
The East Egg is where the "old money" individuals live in the novel "The Great Gatsby," whereas "new money" characters who were not born with their riches live in the West Egg. Therefore, this distinction represents a divide between the upper classes in the book.Full Answer >
The novel of "Frankenstein" portrays the creature as a sympathetic, tragic figure who desires only the affection of his creator, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, while the film version, which stars Boris Karloff as the creature, suggests that the creature is monstrous, violent and evil. The 1931 film "Frankenstein" is the most famous adaptation of Mary Shelley's book.Full Answer >