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Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, consists of several themes. One of the most prominent themes is regarding the loss of loved ones and how to not only move on with life, but to treasure it. All of the narrators (Oskar, his grandfather, and his grandmother) have lost people they loved and cherished. For Oskar, he loses his father in the 9/11 terrorist attack. Oskar’s grandfather loses his family and his true love, Anna, to a bombing incident at Germany. Oskar’s grandmother also loses her family, including her sister Anna, to the bombing in Germany. They all lose their loved ones to deadly unforeseen attacks. As a result of these losses, the narrators come to a realization of either life being too short or life being insignificant. Oskar is confused in the beginning. As a result of his father’s death, he realizes “…how relatively insignificant life is, and how, compared to the universe and compared to time, it didn’t even matter if [he] existed at all” (pg. 86). Oskar’s grandfather is also affected by the loss of his loved ones. He says, “I’m so afraid of losing something I love that I refuse to love anything” (pg. 216). His grandfather even becomes mute, unable to bear the loss of his beloved Anna. Oskar’s grandmother regrets how she “…had never told [Anna] how much [she] loved her” (pg. 314). Yet with time, the narrators learn to cope with their losses. Oskar, after digging up his father’s grave and discovering the lock, reopens himself. He learns to accept Ron and tries to understand his mother. Oskar’s grandfather never fully recovers, but he finds peace meeting his grandson. Oskar’s grandmother “…regret[s] that it takes a life to learn how to live… if [she] were to … live [her] life again, [she] would do things differently” (pg. 184). She realizes how wonderful life can be and wishes that she could have lived her life even better. The main underlying theme behind Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is the value of life and loving people around you. Anything can happen at anytime. Make sure to cherish the people in your life and make the best of what you have in life.
In Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Extremely Loud & Incredibly close the author involves many underlying themes that intertwine the characters from many points of view. One of these main themes is the hunt or search. Most if not all of the book's characters are searching for something. Granted, they are all searching for something different, they are still similar in the sense that they need to know or see something that they have either lost or not yet discovered.
One main example of the search is Oskar's search for the lock that he can open with the key that belonged to his dad, and much of the novel involves his hunt for this. "'Your looking for something' Mr. Black asked.'The key used to belong to my dad,' I said, pulling it out from my shirt again, 'and I want to know what it opens.' He shrugged his shoulders and hollered, 'I'd want to know too!'" (pg. 160) Mr. Black was also searching for something, he was searching for adventure. After years of not having his hearing aids turned on Oskar turned them on and Mr. Black agreed to help Oskar on the hunt for the lock. In addition Oskars grandfather, also known as "The Renter", is on the hunt as well, he is on the hunt to get to know his grandson. Oskar's mother and grandmother also seem to be searching for something as well. Their individual searches, although not as well documented, help to tie the whole story in together as they search to fill the void of losing a loved one.
Though the idea of "loss" is probably the main theme in the book, the theme of search goes hand in hand. Human nature shows us that searching to get answers or searching to fill voids is one way to help the grieving process and thats exactly what is happening here in Foer's bestselling novel
In the novel, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”, by Jonathan Safran Foer, a story is told of a young boy who lost his father in the 9/11 incident. Oskar, a nine year old boy goes through many obstacles that are difficult to handle physically, and emotionally. The loss of his father led him to feel “alone” in his family. After finding a blue vase with a key in it, Oskar was determined to find the main purpose of it. Oskar goes through a memorable adventure, connecting his life with many others. In this story the important theme is the traumatic loss of a loved one, and the obstacles that are faced following it. While it may be an emotional roller coaster, insightful information can be learned from it. In Oskar’s case, through his adventures, he learned more about his family and met many new people. The key connected him to all sort of connection, including his grandfather. It also connected him to the rightful owner of the key itself, a man who was in desperate need of the key.
By finding the lock that the key is used for, Oskar was hoping to learn more about his Dad. Little did he know that the adventure itself gave him more insight to his family, than the locked box would ever. Unlike most stories about 9/11, Foer left readers with an uplifting heavenly sensation. This one key connected so many people together for personal reasons. Everyone had a story to tell, and it all came together all because of one key. Even though the key was not used for what Oskar was expecting, it left a successful adventure that may in some way complete or cool down the emotional urges Oskar felt for his dad. While Oskar may have lost his father in 9/11, he will not share it alone. With his family, he will hold on to memories of a man that he cared very much for.
Death and loss are a part of life and it is something that is incredibly difficult for everyone to comprehend. We all have our own ways of coming to terms with it and, from my personal experience, each new loss requires a new understanding. In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, the role of narrator for the bulk of the novel is not some grisly, life-hardened old man, but rather a precocious nine-year-old named Oskar Schell who has lost his father in the attacks of 9/11. The book has several other characters and shows their own growth through loss beyond just Oskar’s as well.
Oskar’s own method of dealing with the loss is this personal search/adventure he embarks on to discover what lock a key of his father’s he found fits into. Unlike Oskar’s mother, who chooses to ignore her pain and try and move on with her life, Oskar chooses to hold onto the living memory of his father with his search. Neither has accepted the loss of Oskar’s father, but both are dealing with it in very different manners.
I was 16-years-old when 9/11 occurred. And although I lost no one in those attacks, I still remember watching those news broadcasts live that morning. I remember seeing that second plane hit shortly after I had started complaining that my morning cartoons (that I never usually get to see as I am rarely up that early before school) were being interrupted by what, at the time, was considered a freak accident and not a purposeful attack. I cannot even begin to imagine looking at those buildings and knowing that someone I cared about was inside them. When I was 18-years-old, I was told that I was far too young to possibly comprehend mortality and the ease with which life can be lost by a professor. While I do agree that we are not born with the innate ability to fully grasp this concept, it is those periods when we face devastating loss that we are forced to learn that life is not forever. I was reminded of this when I learned the age of the main narrator and this in itself pulled me in deeper. Although I am certainly not 9-years-old, and have not been for 15 years, I find I can still relate to being so young and having to deal with something so “adult,” so to speak.
I was exceedingly impressed with the format of the novel. While I usually describe books I have read (at least the well-written ones) as “movies played out in mind’s eye,” the format of the text on these pages gave visual emotion to the words. You can feel the desperation and pain leap off the page and inject your own senses with the same loss each character is experiencing. Life is hard and this novel seems to seek to illustrate not loss, specifically, but what happens after that loss and going on with life.
Oskar is a highly intelligent 9-year old boy. He's creates jewelry, creates facncy inventions , speaks French, writes letter to Stephen Hawking,actually S.Hawking was dead already, Oskar keeps corresponding with him means he feels so lonely after his dad's dead, plays the tambourine, and he's both an atheist and a pacifist.
Decades ago there was a tragedy in Dresden, where Oskar's grandfather lost all his family members during a firebombing. He also lost his love , losing the ability to speak, that's why he wrote yes and no in his two hands, so he can answer questions by showing the appropriate hand. He writes messages for conversation, often pointing to the same sentences over and over by flipping over the pages in his notebook. He also has been spening his life writing.
This is one of the theme, that is how the lost of love affected one's life.
Since Oskar's dad died, Oskar found a key and an envelope with the word "Black". Oskar set off a frant search for the locks and people with black as their last name over the New York City. His consistency and persistent in doing this is to make himself closer to his father. He also said he would prefer his mother's death to his father's death.
This is the another main story of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, showing how the 9/11 attack affected Oskar's emotion and life.
Together it tells the history of this family, and the pain and suffering caused by the loss of their loved one.
A major theme here is the good that we find through pain. When something tragic happens, we do not usually focus on the outcome in a positive sense. We usually tend to only be aware of our pain and suffering that we fell, and sometimes this can even have a physical effect on us. However, through this struggle to keep living and breathing and going on in our everyday lives, we sometimes gain strength and pride without even realizing it. Oskar Schell deals with the pain and frustration of losing his father by embarking on a grand adventure. His grandfather dealt with the pain of losing his love by physically becoming mute and also by marrying her family member. Although these things do not seem great at the time, they turn out to be good in the end. It builds strength and it builds character.
An outside example I can relate this is to one of my favorite movies, “Sleepless in Seattle”. Sam Baldwin has just lost his wife to cancer and he is having a hard time moving on. When a phone-in radio deejay asks him what he is going to do with himself he replies, “Well I’m going to get out of bed every morning...breathe in and out all day long. Then, after a while I won’t have to remind myself to get out of bed every morning and breathe in and out...and, then after a while, I won’t have to think about how great I had it,”
In situations like these, where we are faced with extreme depression and sadness caused by the loss of someone we love, whether it is 9/11, or WW II, we just have to focus on the rest of our lives and deal with the pain in a way that is positive. Oskar’s grandparents are finally beginning to realize this.
In the novel "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer brings an emotional story about Oskar Schell and his life after 9/11. The story revolves around Oskar, who attempts to find the truth of his father's key. The book greatly emphasizes on the concept of memory, lost, pain and moving on. Characters like Oskar, Oskar's grandfather, and Oskar's grandmother all suffered memories that they try to hide or prove. Oskar for example, can't get over the fact that the key was nothing special (unable to move on) and tries relentelessly to find the key and the truth, believing his father had left him a secret. His grandmother still is lost in the memories of her past from the bombing. She marries Oskar's grandfather because she felt that he could be a reason and a gate to her past. Oskar's grandfather became mute after the bombing and married Oskar's grandmother because she reminded him of Anna. They both are unable to move on from the past even after they set up rules to protect them from remembering the past. Oskar's grandfather realizes that he is unable to forget the past, and it was time to move on. I believe that the main idea of this story is moving on and whether the characters in the story can get over their past. Most of the characters have troubling memories, but them overcome them, such as the grandfather. He understood that the relationship with grandmother was not love, it was only a replacement.
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