Neither Alive Or Dead

The Graveyard Book

Silas is a minor character in The Graveyard Book by Nail Gaiman. Silas is Bod’s guardian. He has volunteers to raise Bod, when Bod was adopted by the Owens. Silas’s duty is to bring food to Bod and to educates him. I choose Silas because, he is my favorite character. Silas is neither alive or dead. He is not bound to the graveyard, like other ghosts, he can leave the gravesite whenever he wishes. He is a mystery to us since not much is told of Silas, though in the book has been given a hint that Silas might be a vampire. That’s because Silas appears at night only, living in a coffin, manipulating memories and can be seen by the livings.

Usually Silas is calm and collected, but being a guardian he is strict. He teaches everything he knows to Bod. Silas deeply cares for Bod, although he doesn’t show it very clear. He has gone to the great lengths to protect Bod, he once jumps in front of a car, during his disappearance, he is out looking for information on Bod’s persuader and fighting them.

Silas has a dark past which he’s not very delight to talk about. Bod once asks Silas about his past, but he ignores it, he simply said ”I was the monster, then, Bod, and worse than any monster.”, Bod never ask again what it is. He seems to be part of the God of Honor. We’re not much told about the organization except that they ”protect the borders of things’.’

Silas as Bod’s guardian, he is constantly seen through the book. In the very end of the novel Silas, tells Bod everything he has been hiding for keeping Bod safe and alive.




withering=wringkle, dry, shrink


dismal=hopeless, abysmal, dreadful


ghoul=an evil demon, originally of Oriental legend, supposed to feed on human being, resurrectionist


remnant=remainder, residue, residuum, rest, remains


amphitheater=an oval or round building with tiers of seats around a central open area, as those used in ancient Rome for gladiatorial contests





1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Ben
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 19:58:15

    I have also read the book. Silas is not my favorite character in this novel, but I agree with your point of your analysis. He is a mystery character. I like him as a strict guardian.
    From your analyse, i can know more about this character that i don´t noticed by myself. It is very interesting to read you analysis. Picture and video make this analysis more interesting.
    So, good work! 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog Stats

  • 96,766 hits
%d bloggers like this: