Destruction of Innocence in Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones


  • S. Soundarya M.Phil English Sri Sarada College for Women, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India.


A work of Art is the combination of both the experiences and the emotions of the author. Alice Sebold has expressed both these feelings in a striking way through her character Susie Salmon in her novel The Lovely bones. Through this paper “Destruction of Innocence in Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones” one could understand how Susie Salmon’s innocence has been destructed by a beast named Mr.Harvey. Susie Salmon is a fourteen year old school girl who used to celebrate her innocent teen life. One fine day, on her way back from school she has been raped and killed by Mr. Harvey. That made her to lose her innocence and slowly she entered into the world of adolescence in her afterlife. Sometimes one’s tragedy would results in loss of their young and innocent period.  Thus the researcher tries to explain that one’s downfall would help them to realise the reality of life.


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Soundarya, S. (2018). Destruction of Innocence in Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 6(12), 8. Retrieved from