The Bone People Themes

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Loneliness

Loneliness is a key theme to this novel as all three main characters experience it in their own way and are trying to find their way out of it. Kerewin’s loneliness is mostly self-imposed, but her thoughts linger on her family. Joe’s loneliness comes from his grief over losing his wife and son and from it comes some of his aggression towards Simon. It also causes him to reach out to Kerewin and fall in love with her. Due to his inability to actually speak, Simon feels lonely which comes out in the form of theft, fighting, and other bad behavior. Although each of their reasons for their loneliness are different, they struggle to cure their feelings together.

Family

The family element of the novel is crucial as it is a binding force for Joe, Kerewin, and Simon. Both Joe and Simon see Kerewin as a...

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