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The Reoccurring Theme Of Death
Abhi Jain
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, written by Jonathan Foer, portrays the struggles of a blossoming boy dealing with his father’s death, a victim of the cataclysmal attacks on September 11th, 2001. To readers this may seem like a novel about the September 11th attacks. However Foer does a meritorious job with the novel, depicting the emotion and confusion going on in nine-year-old Oskar Schell head. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a wonderful example of a novel that deals with the many facets of life after a tragic event. Death is a major reoccurring them in the novel, perceptible not only in Oskar’s loss of his father, but also in his grandparents’ loss of Anna.
To anyone, loosing a loved one is a tragic event in someone’s life. Imagine what nine-year-old Oskar is going through when loosing his father, role model, and best friend for no reason. Oskar dynamic emotional changes began to affect the love ones around him. Oskar becomes more violent at home by throwing tantrums, yelling at his mother, and frequently giving he bruises. To cope with his loss, Oskar keeps his mind constantly “inventing,” and embarks on a hunt to find the mystery lock to which his father’s key belongs. When Oskar finally found the lock, he is confused and distraught that there is no longer a way to connect with his father, “But I still couldn't figure out what it all meant. The more I found out, the less I understood.” This quote shows that even though Oskar solved the mystery of the key, he didn’t understand the purpose of finding it.
Similarly, Oskar’s grandparents experienced death in a different way. Both lost family in World War II. His grandmother lost her best friend and sister Anna. Anna was also an Oskar’s grandpa lost love. Loosing the same person, both grandparents had different emotions and ways to cope with...

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