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The Graveyard Book

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman has proven to fit within the Gothic definition of Harmon’s, Handbook to Literature. Gaiman’s novel has elements of “magic, mystery, and chivalry,” (Harmon 220). There were ghosts who would reveal themselves on one special night and a baby who is granted the ability to see and interact with ghosts. In chapter 2, one of the ghosts that live in the graveyard explains some of the special abilities that the child is granted, unlike other living humans. He explains, “While you are here, you can see in the darkness. You can walk some of the ways that the living should not travel. The eyes of the living will slip from you,” (Gaiman 38). These special abilities give him a sense of safety while he is in the graveyard.…show more content…
Upon the murder of a baby’s parents, two ghosts named Mr. and Mrs. Owens agree to raise the baby whom they name “Nobody” or “Bod” after he crawls into a cemetery. While the underlying theme of death and the supernatural lingers through Gaiman’s novel, the idea of a boy’s innocence and childhood is more predominant. In chapter one Mrs. Owens cares for Bod. She holds him, feeds him, and watches after him. By the end of chapter one, the murderer named “Jack” is angry as he thinks about all that has transpired and how the baby escaped. Suddenly Gaiman includes how Jack’s “knife was in his pocket, safe and dry inside its sheath, protected from the misery of the elements,” (Gaiman 33). This description can somewhat relate to that of a child. Nobody was still innocent and secure, protected from any evil elements in the world, even though such trauma had taken place because of the…show more content…
Owens, “Face your life Its pain, its pleasure, Leave no path untaken.” Then Gaiman includes, “But between now and then, there was Life; and Bod walked into it with his eyes and his heart wide open,” (Gaiman 307). Overall, this story was not intended to be scary, nor was it frightening. Instead Gaiman conveys a sense of youth and
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