- SUCKING A SNAKE BITE WILL REMOVE VENOM – a venom delivering bite will immediately enter the blood stream. Sucking the bite will solely transfer more bacteria to the affected area and an addition into your mouth and esophagus. If someone gets bitten, low keep heart rate and lower limb below heart level …(and of course, go to hospital!)
- PLAY DEAD UNDER BEAR ATTACK – Unless in the your backyard, the general consensus is that one should quietly back away- otherwise in this situation (i.e. in yard or, for example, campsite) make yourself large and loud, which should will usually scare it off.In the case of an actual attack it is important to note a brown or grizzly bear attacks to defend itself or its cubs- thus noises and pretend charges are solely a warning tactic. In this case- back away from a defensive attack slowly. If the bear makes contact, play dead lying on your stomach with your hands over your neck. But in the rare case of a predatory attack, which comes with no warning (or if the bear seems to be stalking you), fight for your life.
- IF IN WILDERNESS- SOURCE FOOD IMMEDIATELY – One can survive up to six weeks without food (this is a estimate and dependant on starting point and existing heath issues, however shelter and water are priorities).
- IF LOST IN A DESERT- DRINK FLUID FROM CACTUS – Unless one is experiences enough to identify the correct type of barrel cactus than allows safe water filtration, you are likely to end up vomiting, thus releasing more precious contents…leaving you even more dehydrated
- THE NORTH SIDE OF THE TREE HOSTS THE GROWING MOSS- the variable is environmental conditions, only this will affect the location of moss.
- IF AN ANIMAL EATS IT, YOU CAN EAT IT – easily proven wrong by the instance of birds and squirrels- many can eats nuts and seeds that would poison a human.
- IF SOMEONE IS FREEZING, RUB THEIR SKIN OR PLACE THEM IN A HOT TUB- Frostbitten skin is fragile and thus damaged by rubbing, hot water can be shocking or damaging for someone dealing with frostbite and hypothermia. Use blankets and hot water bottles (most effective placed under armpits) to warm up slowly.
- IN THE CASE OF A SHARK ATTACK, PUNCH THE NOSE – targeting the nose of a moving shark is difficult- it is better to place a solid object between you and offensive shark (or if this isn’t an option, claw at it’s eyes and gills).
- IF CAUGHT IN RIP CURRENT, TRAVEL PARALLEL TO SHORE- Swimming directly parallel to shore works effectively only if the current goes directly out to sea – it is a better idea to remain alongside the shore, but swim perpendicular to the current as much as possible “at an angle away from the current and towards the shore”. Of course don’t tire yourself out too much; it shouldn’t feel like you are going upstream. If unable to swim out- tread water until this is possible.
Quite frankly lengthy and rather overly-detailed analysis of the interlude between chapters 16 & 17.
~The Analysis (Sn.Shots)~
- Susie’s obsession with the camera is ironic- she desired to “rescue the moment” of the photograph, to rescue the moment that “would now be gone forever except for a picture”- this is ironic since it was utterly unnecessary- when she died Susie could replay these moment and re-visit them. It is as if, in heaven, she has everything she wanted, yet still she is unhappy- just like with the other characters. When they get what they desire they feel the desire more. Juxtaposes Christian beliefs about greed.
- 214 “He willingly gave the grisly details to any customer who asked- young girl, cornfield, found only an elbow” – as if this had become the definition of Susie, three/ four words to define her existence (and it orientated around the end of it). Reveals the way the dead saw the living.
- “A Chinese red” 215 (Abigail priding herself on being able to wear such colours)- red connotes danger and lust, desire- hint that she had always been ‘wearing’ her desire for danger, an escape from motherhood.
- “A family with five little girls moved into Harvey’s house” 216 – ironic that in the list of those Harvey had killed in previous chapters it was stated he had killed five little girls (and a 49 year old, hence not little and excluded from 5)- almost representative of the girls he had killed, the lives he had taken. As if their spirits had come to slumber in the place they had died, or with the man who killed them. Haunting. Eerie tone developed in line “The sound of little girls- girls to spare” to give a suggestion that they had no use, as if they were already dead only back to haunt the house of Harvey
- “Play without that always-worried look underneath the smile”- as if the incident had tarnished their existence, so that even a smile was never the same- something had changed. Idea of a mask- masking the worry with a smile.
- “Weak men changed into strong half-animals” … “when he felt his heart he turned into something stronger than a little boy” 217 – hardening himself like Lindsey had years earlier. If the children knew what to do and where capable of it, why didn’t the parents do the same? Growing up. Bildungsroman.
- “A heart that flashed from heart to stone; heart to stone”- he too has been tarnished by the death of his sister no matter how he tries to conceal it. “Stone” again suggests an element of cold, unfeelingness about his personality- seems to be present in all of the family (e.g. father’s heart described as a ‘cave’, the mother’s ‘icy’ exterior)- as if a part of them all died alongside Susie.
- Significance of Buckley drawing the Inbetween, the story about Susie’s death- seems as if Buckley knows what happened to Susie without being told- as if he is connected to her in a way that is never explored. This is added to by Buckley’s previous statements of Susie talking to him.
- “Finally they found an old coke bottle” 218- ironic that such an insignificant ‘regular’ object would hold the evidence (Harvey’s fingerprints) to convict him
- “As if he had evaporated into thin air” 218-metaphor- perhaps shows his ’empty’ existence- there was so little to his life (no wife, no connections, no passions, no base to trace him to) that he could his life could disappear into the molecules of the air. There was such little to define his life it. So little that he may well not exist- “officially, he did not exist”. He left behind his passion as well “He had left behind his doll’s houses”- what left was there for Harvey?
- “He had tried to save solve my murder and he had failed” “He had tried to love my mother and he had failed” – sense of duality about his life- what he desired to be outside of his job (daring- to love Abigail) vs the professional detective that he was- he had failed at both because he was greedy- if he hadn’t been with Abigail and accepted his life as detective he would have achieved one of the two things.
- “easy to get” “physical” “anonymous” 220 (the traits that ‘sounded good’ to Abigail)- grasps at the idea that , now she was free of everything and everyone (in particular: motherhood) she was in fact, no one. As if, again, motherhood defined her and she now doesn’t have that.
- 222 “She felt like she had driven through nothing but families for four days- squabbling families, bawling families, screaming families…”- description shows how she was glad to be free- she doesn’t seem to miss her family since she is only capable of seeing the bad times, she hasn’t paid attention to the good.
- 222 “I worried about her slipping” – strange- as if the tone of Susie was more mature, as If it had grown- she seems to have lost her childish selfishness from previously in the novel in which she would have been so selfish as to wish for her mother to join her, and hence perhaps, however harshly- fall on the rocks so she could do this.
- 222 “My mother’s desire to reach those waves”- as if the recurring motif has finally been given a definite meaning- she desired freedom. The ‘ocean’ in her ‘eyes’ was her longing for freedom.
- 222 ” was life more like a horrible game in gym… running from one side of an enclosed space to another” – reveals Susie’s lack of life experience- the fact she describes life as a school PE lesson shows how she never really lived to experience it. As if you can live life inside of an ‘enclosed space’. Claustrophobic.
- 224 “Knew only my name” “felt like a pin prick” “Being simultaneously resurrected and buried within the same breath”- sticks with the idea that Susie’s identity is links only to ‘the dead girl’- as if it would be every child’s dream to be forever in everyone’s minds, yet it is not what anyone would really want- known for an unfortunate circumstance that came to define your existence.
- 225 “Could his mind contain anything else?”- Susie’s childish selfishness resurfaces again to rekindle the idea- Susie will never grow up.
- 226 “The closet was for sleeping and for having an address” ” A tiny perch in the city”- sense of need to belong
- 227 “The world she saw of dead women and children had become as real to her as the one in which she lived” – sense of being an outsider- she couldn’t connect with the living hence the sort to connect with the dead. Gothic like tone. Links with the idea of fantasy- not really possible to link with the dead. m
- 228 “had been torn down to make room for more houses”- sense of developing world, progression, industrialisation.
- 228 “He tenderly stripped their bodies of any valuables and moved on”- instinct- just as his mother had taught him- ‘tenderly’ shows a sense of respect for the dead
- 230 “The trees in the yard grew taller”- symbolic of life moving on in the physical ‘real world’
- “I would study with Ray” “with my father in his den”- Susie has still not let go of the living or accepted the fact that she can no longer really ever be ‘with’ them.
More incredibly over-analysed quotes from Sebold’s The Lovely Bones…see other chapters in previous blogs.
~The Analysis (16)~
- The most immediate aspect of the chapter that strikes me as interesting is the similarities between Abigail and Ruana- both use distractions to keep themselves from thinking about all they have lost- for Abigail her life before motherhood, now her daughter, for Ruana her husband, and her freedom.
- 201 “He wore his glasses” “they were thick” “his hand went up immediately to collect them” – again evokes the impression of not being able to be who you really are- he doesn’t want to be seen to be wearing his glasses.
- 204 “There was something on the other side of the icy surface” – as if her gradual loss of motherhood had left her with something ‘cold’, almost as if she didn’t have a personality outside of motherhood, her gradual reduction was leaving her personality-less. She had been so consumed by motherhood she had nothing to replace it. May seem strange that her maternal instincts could ever allow her to be ‘icy’ towards her own daughter- especially one who has lost her sister.
- “Our house looked the same as every other…but it was not the same…murder had a blood red door” 206- as if the murder had given them identity.
- 207 “I want to be more than a mother” …”wanted to be more than a girl”- desire to always be what you cannot, greedy desire when Susie will never get that choice. Links to mother’s desire to be “free girl again”- Susie has exactly what her mother wants- Susie will never grow up, yet, as expected, she is unhappy with this.
- “she comes and she talks to me (Buckley) 208- Sebold still retaining the idea Susie exists among the living.
- “I was becoming one of the many little-girl-losts” 209- idea of insignificance, as if she would just fade away into a list of names for the dead. Implies there will be more like Susie, and the same would happen for them. A vicious cycle.
- 210 “You’re going to catch your death of cold” – ironic since she was killed in what could be considered outside, yet it was not the cold that killed her.
- 211 “you look invincible”…”I am”- ironic since she was killed at such a young age, yet it could be said she never really died, since she continued to live in a different state in a different life up in heaven.
I have a Facebook account; which may surprise you considering I write like a 55 year old lonely man. But every once in a while I come across some inspirational sh*t which really mucks up my already mentally unstable mind. But like I say, it’s inspirational sh*t.
So, (not) being a lonely 55 year old man, I thought I would create some inspirational sh*t…well. Google and I. We are very fond of one another…um. I felt a little more lonely when researching questions, which involved the typing of “questions to ask y…”, which I would have followed up with “yourself”, had the suggestions not been:
No suggestion for questions to “yourself”? Okay. *Creeps back to hole in ground*.
So without more-damn-a-do, lets ask questions, to yourself, to make you seriously re-contemplate your potentially already contemplated life. Yeah.
> Question to ask yourself number one (in your face Google- this is history, apparently)-
If this were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?
(the preferable answer being yes, if no, then GET A SHIFT WITH YOUR LIFE WOMEN/MAN!)
> Question two:
What matters most in my life?
(Apart from Nutella, and Joey Graceffa. Oh and Cameron Dallas. And Tyler Oakley, and Troye Sivan and the WHOLE youtube community. #TeamInternet).
> Question three:
Have I done anything lately worth remembering?
(Apart from reading this blog. Obviously. Obviously.)
What have I given up on?
(A friend? A goal? Reading this blog? < OI)
> Questionio five:
If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?
If I try to fail, and succeed, which have I done?
(Failed, obviously. Right?)
What do I need to change about myself?
(Don’t say your phone, or your clothes, or your eyebrows, think DEEPER.)
How many of my friends would I trust with my life?
(“With my life” being like…hanging of a cliff over a shark infested ocean, or something.)
What do I want most in life?
(For me- utter happiness. *Face palm at self*)
Which is worse: failing or never trying?
Thank you for reading this wee snippet of a blog I threw together for my millions of (non existent) viewers…I appreciate your time! I hope you now have fully re-evaluated your life and will take any necessary action…or whatever.