Lindsey, Issue’s sister seems to lean more towards denial, as she fights to maintain her tough girl facade and then there is Buckley, Issue’s brother who is too young to comprehend the meaning of death. This is all pain-staking for Susie to watch, and it makes her feel helpless and alone. After the death of Susie, it is clear the Salmon family have a hard time coping with their grief, however once they come to terms With it, they are able to move on and rebuild their family. Jack, Issue’s father, is someone who is seen going through three of the vive stages of grief which includes denial, anger, and finally acceptance.
Instead of learning to cope with the circumstance he goes into denial. Even with evidence from the authorities stating that Susie is most-likely dead, Jack ignores them and says “Nothing is ever This tormenting line is what lent a hand in keeping the Salmon family hopeful that Susie would one day come home. With time jack shifted into anger. Angry that he could not find and protect his daughter. He became obsessed with catching Issue’s killer, frustrated with the fact that nothing was being done. This is seen when e takes his anger out on the ships that he and Susie often made together. L watched him as he lined up the ships in bottles on his deck, bringing them over from the shelves where they usually sat there was the one that had burst into flames in the week before my death. He smashed that one first. My heart seized up. He turned and saw all the others… L watched his as he smashed the rest. ” Susie says (52). In a moment of utter despair at the loss of his daughter, Jack loses control of himself and leans towards violence. His struggle is possibly the most poignant because he truly wants to bring justice o Issue’s killer.
It took him eight years to move on to the stage of acceptance, which is when Susie says, “Last night it had been my father who had finally said it, ‘She’s never coming home. ‘ A clear and easy piece of truth that everyone who had ever known me had accepted. But he needed to say it, and she needed to hear him say it” (289). It has been long time coming; however Jack finally was able to admit, what he dreaded the most. Jack’s acceptances, and him coming to terms with his grief is what aided the rest of the family in finding peace, and brought them closer together.
Abigail, Issue’s mother has her own way of dealing with the death of her daughter, which is running away from her problems. Abigail is a very complex character, she struggles in leading a double life, one of domesticity, and one of which she has no idea about. When it comes to the death of Susie, Abigail seems to go into her version of survival mode, which is done by shutting people out so that she doesn’t feel any more pain then she has endured. This is seen when Susie says, “She shut her eyes and commanded the world to shut up–screaming the words inside skull…
She was hollow and lost and abandoned up” (197). This line shows just how much Abigail is drowning in her misery, to which she has misplaced the light that was once within her. Lost in her thoughts and emotions, Abigail cannot bare the presence of her family members, which is what drove her to abandon them all together. Not only does she escape her domestic life, but she also has an affair with the leading detective on her daughter’s case. This is seen when Susie says “Len kissed her forehead hard and closed his eyes.
She took his hand and placed it on her breast. She whispered in his ear. I knew what was happening. Her rage, her loss, her despair. The whole life lost tumbling out in an arc on that roof, clogging up her being. She needed Len to drive the dead daughter out. ” (152). This quote immaculately describes and justifies her actions. Abigail needed her affair with Len to distract her from reality, “her rage, her loss, her despair’ it was all gone. Although Abigail affair was very brief, her abandonment was not.
It took her eight years, and Jack having a heart attack to realize that she made a mistake. What she didn’t know was that, she was the missing peace to her family’s rehabilitation. This is seen when Susie says briefly after Abigail return, “These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections-?sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent-?that happened after was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the earth without me in it.
The events that my death wrought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I name to see as this miraculous body had been my life. ” (320). Here Susie explains how her death was able to break her family apart and bring them back together again “at some unpredictable time in the future” in this case it was when Abigail returned home, everything, harmoniously went back into place. This is how the Salmon’s were able to rebuild their family again.
Like the other characters, Susie grieves her own death, which she does by dwelling on the past. This is seen when she says “you have to give up on earth this seemed impossible to me” (120). Keeping in mind that Susie was only 14 ears old when she was murdered, it is seen that as she watches her family from above, she can’t help but think about the things she will never be able to do. She will never get to have her first kiss, never be become a wild life photographer, never take over high school “in a matter of days”, and never win an Oscar for best actress.
These are just a mixture Of a small fraction Of her many idealistic and realistic plans for the future, one she will never be able to have. Realizing this, Susie begins to lean towards anger, angry at Mr.. Harvey for ruining her completely. This is seen when she says ‘When was alive, I never hated anyone. But now hate, was all that I had. I want him dead. Want him cold and dead, with no blood in his veins! ” Here Issue’s mindset changes into a dark and sadistic tone, as she tells readers about how Mr.. Harvey changed her.
She blames him for her not being able to live the life a teenage girl her age should live. Hate and anger is now all she can feel, which derails her from her path to finding peace. Once the clouds in front of Issue’s judgment fade away, she comes to accept the truth. This is shown when she says “l could not have what wanted most. Mr.. Harvey dead and me living. Heaven wasn’t perfect. ” (39). Here Susie understands that she cannot change nor can she repeat the past With Susie accepting her death and moving forward, she is able to find peace.
Conclusion Thesis CLC The Salmon family had an anguishing life after Issue’s murder, and by accepting the truth they were able to come to terms with their grief and finally rebuild their family. Concluding sentence C No family is perfect, there is always the good, the bad, and the ugly, however they are the perfect emend at a time of sorrow, anguish, and grief Years later, however, after the grief has quit gnawing ever so deeply in their psyches, Issue’s death will again become catalyst of unity and transformation within a family front that has been dented by the horrors Of society and crime.