The Graveyard Book is a horror story with bits of humor here and there. It is important to have humor in scary story so it can make the reader more at ease. Some examples of humor is when the man jack is murdering the family the baby escapes by climbing over his teddy bear and bumping down the stairs without being heard because his diaper muffled the sound. There are parts like this scattered throughout the book.
When a mentor gives you lemons, you make the lemonade. In the book The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, the person most important in Bod Owens’s life is his mentor, Silas. Bod Owens did not have the average teenage life; he was raised by two dead parents who live in a graveyard, and was not allowed to leave the graveyard unless his parents gave him permission. The lady on the Grey is the symbol of death that mentors Silas, which gives her and Silas a similar “job” in their afterlife.
The text Burial Rites written by Hannah Kent focuses on the true story of the last woman to be executed in Iceland, her punishment for playing part in the murder of two men. She is sent to wait out her days on the farm of a district officer, Jón Jónsson with his two daughters and wife. Naturally, the family are horrified to have a convicted murderer in their midst. Borne from this, the family refuse to talk to her. A young man, Toti is appointed as her spiritual guardian in the last days of her life, throughout the text, he attempts to redeem her soul by asking her to recount her life.
Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Thou famished grave” and “Mindful of you” both include the themes of death, however, “Thou famished grave” uses the personification of a grave as a starving beast, diction to add imagery of starvation, and an image of a strong will to live to show the resentfulness and bitterness that the speaker has towards death, while, “Mindful of you” uses the imagery and personification of the four seasons to remember someone close who has died, to express that although death may take people physically, but they live and are remembered through memories.
O’Brien culminates The Things They Carried with “The Lives of the Dead,” which includes a story about a girl named Linda that is at first seemingly unrelated to the overall plot. O’Brien discusses the story of Linda, a girl who he fell in love with in elementary school who succumbed to cancer. He had a deep connection with her, and found himself relishing sleep so he could dream endlessly about Linda. O’Brien then connects this story to those revolving the occurrences of Vietnam. He reveals yet another purpose of telling war stories: not to simply show readers what war in Vietnam was like, but to “revive…that which is absolute and unchanging” (O’Brien 224). Telling war stories serves as a way of “making the dead seem not quite so dead” (O’Brien
Charley Davidson books by Darynda Jones are not your typical mysteries. Instead, they are very interesting paranormals. I have never been a fan of paranormals, but these books have helped to change my mind. Charley is part detective and also the grim reaper. She sees dead people and she helps them to go towards the light and cross over once they are dead.
As a result, a sense of urgency and regret can be felt within the audience from Keegan’s tone of it being too late to do something. Hence, this emotionally affects the reader since it makes them think about their own decisions and aspirations within their lives while reading about Keegan’s. Additionally, she continues to discuss to the readers that, “we can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.” Consequently, an emotion of motivation is actualized through this phrase to reassure the audience they do not have to believe that they cannot start something new or that it is too late to do something. In retrospect, Keegan’s purpose is for the audience to leave with an optimistic perspective, or recognize their own “sense of possibility.”
A picture is worth a thousand words, and each piece of artwork has its own unique story to tell. The smallest change in style can lead to the picture setting a completely different tone, which is true whether the painting hangs in a museum or illustrates a children’s book. Illustrations in books draw the attention of younger readers. However, illustrations are not limited to the bright and lighthearted picture books such as the Dr. Seuss creations. Pictures in young adult novels enhance the meaning behind words, allowing the reader to have a better understanding of the story.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is about a boy who escaped his parent’s killer. He ran into a graveyard and his dead mom asked the ghosts would protect him. Mr. And Mrs. Owen took him in and named him Bod short for “nobody”. Bod had many qualities that made him who he was, he was curious, strong minded, and friendly. Bod was curious even when he was a baby.
In Neil Gaiman’s, The Graveyard Book there are multiple themes that one could get from this story.This story is about a young boy. His family was brutally murdered, but he managed to escape in time. The young boy wandered off into a graveyard where he was taken under the wing of some friendly ghost. They then named him Nobody, later shortened to Bod, and raised him. Bod was finding himself on his amazing adventure through the graveyard, meeting new friends and learning to adjust to his abnormal life. In the end, all bonds tie together is the overall theme expressed throughout the book.
In his novel The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman describes how most times, people or things that seemingly are evil actually have a goodness to them that is not typically seen. The ghost of a witch Liza Hempstock confesses to the main character Bod that, “The night after they drowned and toasted [her] a carpet sent to Mr. Porringer... [carrying] the plague [causes] them to cough blood and turn their skin black the following weekend” (111-112). Liza takes revenge on the people who kill her for witchcraft, which is an evil thing to do; however, she helps Bod throughout the book when he needs it, revealing a genuine side to her that is not all that bad. The public may see some individuals as barbaric or corrupt, but in actuality they are sympathetic
Lastly, the optimism of this character made him to reach places where courage is necessary in order to obtain the goals. At the end of this book, this young adult reaches all his goals. One of his ambitions is to be able to pass the math exam in order to go to university and live a more independent life. Which in the end he is able to achieve because of his hard work and dedication. Another of his goals, is to be a detective and find out who murdered his neighbor's dog and he gets it, even with very few clues his optimism led him to the truth. His optimism also led him not to sink into the lifestyle that his parent is in, a family that is completely broken. In addition, this young man is very optimistic to be practically by his own having