Susie Salmon

In The Lovely Bones, Susie is the narrator. She is fourteen years old and the eldest of the three Salmon children. Susie is raped and murdered by her Mr Harvey her neighbour as she walks home from school. She is a young girl with lots of dreams, one of which is to be a wildlife photographer. Susie has a very strong relationship with her father and she is close to her sister Lindsey. She enjoys being the older sister to her little brother Buckley. She loves and understands her mother.

Susie role in the novel is to observe and reflect. At times she does make her presence known to the living in various ways. One example would be when Susie is with Lindsey as she searches Mr. Harvey’s house and she leads her sister into the upstairs rooms. Susie is deeply loved and in The Lovely Bones much of what happens occurs because of someone longing for or searching for Susie. It is important to note that although it may happen indirectly, Susie influences decisions and outcomes in the novel.

In The Lovely Bones the struggle for Susie is to work out what it is to be dead. In the novel her sister Lindsey must learn how to grow up and figure out what it means to live. Susie must cope with what it means not to grow up; she has to learn what it means to be dead. Susie learns that she is on a journey and the dead, like the living, must let go. This is very hard for Susie as she desperately wants to live.

Susie does find a way to return to earth, through Ruth. Susie wants to kiss Ray one more time to see where that kiss would lead. Ruth wants to understand the dead, she wants to see them. After this happens Susie is able to watch her family heal and become a new family. This new family is one that she is and is not a part of.


8 thoughts on “Susie Salmon

  1. I don’t think it’s a sad movie, I think it tries to describe terrible things that really happen in our world, with a lot of art and elegance, needless to say, guts and feelings. Very good actors.

  2. i appreciate the whole flow of this movie. although it is sad but it gives us viewers a sort of realization that whatever life takes, especially in the middle of grief, darkness and pain. we should learn how to get up and move on to go forward from the sad moment of our lives…thanks anyway..

  3. It truly is a sad movie! Any movie that depicts loss of this kind cannot be anything but, despite the reality of what exists in this world. It also promotes life after death, which in Biblically inaccurate. In Genesis, Satan deceived Adam and Eve by lying to them and telling them that they would not die. The notion that everyone goes to heaven upon their death continues this lie. The Bible clearly says that the dead do not know anything, and that the dead are asleep until Jesus comes back again.

    • Judi,

      I agree with you. But there is more, you see God in his infinite wisdom made us in his image and gave us all the ability to choose.

      “it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

      If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.” 1 Corinthians 15:44-49

      In scripture, the lord warns us not to seek the living among the dead. The bible also warns us not to speak to the dead. God would not tell us this if it were not somehow possible. Now in this movie, I see nothing that goes against the word of God. I was very touched and comforted in knowing that God love us, love children and innocence. I believe all children are sparred, they are not punished, they have not yet been able to choose. They have not reached the age of accountability. Christ never rejected a child, Christ is God. Moses and those who had no faith in the Lord were not aloud to enter the promised land. They wondered the earth for 40 years. The children are sparred and entered, all the adult had passed away.

      I am a father, I have a 15 year old and 12 year old sons, my strong boys who love the Lord. I also have my precious 7 year old daughter, that teaches me everyday what love is. I pray for all families that have lost children. I pray God is blessing them and comforting them in the knowledge that they are embraced by the most unimaginable love of all, Eternal love.

  4. This is a very sad movies, that I just finished waching right now. I want to know is was truth history . Because how they faundit , that she was doing all that from the haven. The bible saying ,when some one die , they doen’t knowledge what going on. God keep the person sleep to the end of the world , he going to bring the persons back , and the persons do everythings like he say, the bible saying , they are going to leaves for ever. Juan 17:3.

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