The Graveyard Book

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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book is the story about a boy, Nobody "Bod" Owens, who becomes an orphan after his family, is murdered. He wonders into a graveyard where he is taken in and raised by the ghostly residents. When the Author, Neil Gaiman wrote the book, he admits that he was really, really into The Jungle Book which gave him the idea for The Graveyard Book. Knowing that Neil Gaiman received his idea from The Jungle Book and after reading both books, the similarities are very profound.

The similarities begin at the start of the each story. Bod wonders out his home after the man Jack killed his family, he wonders into the graveyard where Mr. and Mrs. Owens after speaking to the spirits of Bod's dead parents, ask them to adopt and care for Bod. In the beginning of The Jungle Book, Mowgli the young boy like Bod strays away from his family, after a tiger named Shere Khan, a similar character of the man Jack tries to kill him.

Mowgli is then adopted by a wolf pack that will care for him. Each character, Bod and Mowgli were not so easily accepted into their new families in a sense. Mowgli was taken to the wolf council where he was voted to stay with his wolf family by Bagheera and Baloo. Bod's situation was somewhat similar, there was debate if the ghostly residents were prepared or capable of taking care of a "living boy". Mr. and Mrs. Owens had already accepted the responsibility to care for Bod but the other residents of the graveyard still did not agree. Silas the man who was nor living or dead and a resident of the graveyard as well, declared to be Bod's guardian. There was still some reluctance...