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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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Blair Ferguson

on 13 May 2011

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Transcript of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Jillian Lauren Gina Blair Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close THEME: quest: The "quester" in Extremely Loud and Incredibly close
is Oskar Schell. Oskar's quest takes him to many different homes of many of the Black families. Oskar's primary reason for his quest is to understand the meaning of the key his father left behind. Oskar is searching for the lock that goes with the key. Along his journey he faces many problems and trials that he must overcome and in return gains self-knowlodge. This follows the themes by allowing Oskar to cope and accept the death of his father. loss, death and emotional trauma. Christ figures and Vampires: Mr. Black became a christ figure because he was self-sacrificing, good with children and used nails as a way to cope with the loss of his wife. The nails repesented the focus of his life. American Statement: The american dream is portrayed through the grandfather, father, and son. All three generations searched for a connection of love, family, and sence of acceptance. Thomas Schell Sr. became a christ figure because he tattooed "yes" and "no" in the center of his palms. He was a creator through his sculptures of the idea of Anna. Thomas left the grandmother when he was in his thirties, but then returns 40 years later. The vampire represented in the book is the grandfather because of his selfishness, and how he uses other models to bring Anna back into his life. He is an old man who sexually violates women for his own selfish need to bring back Anna. Geography, weather, and color. The geography in the book revolves around the hustle and bustle of New York City which can be dangerous and extremly confusing, making his quest that much harder. This also includes the geography of central park, the dark and distant atmosphere when Oskar tries to find clues on his scavanger hunt. The isolationism the war creates between the grandfather and his family adds to the american dream of family and love. The colors the author focused on were white, and black. Oskar only wore white because he was afraid he would catch any radiation that he could possibly come into contact with. The white also represents Oskar's cleanliness, purity and his positive attitude. Black in the book symbolizes the confusion and darkness of Oskar's quest. Having the name on the envelope being so generic, makes it all the more difficult for Oskar to find Mr. Black. Communion and Baptism: The 4 F's Freedom Fortitude Frontier Faith Founding Tenets Self-reliance Simplicity Industriousness Temperance Baptism in the story begins when the grandmother and grandfather left their homecountry to journey to america, and crossing the Pacific. They lost part of their old life but for more opportunities in New York. Oskar invents a "Resovoir of Tears" to measure the sadness in peoples' lives. This is a form of baptism with the tears cleansing the people of their sadness. Okar states "...I was in the middle of a huge black ocean, or in a deep space..." This represents Oskar's fear of the unknown, but eventually washes this fear away. The way Oskar is baptised adn conqures his fear of water is by traveling on the ferry across to Statan Island with Mr. Black. When Oskar visits Abby Black, one of the first things she does is set a plate of cookies in the middle of the kitchen, symbolizing a peace offering and communion. The frontier represented is New York City.
Oskar has to weed through the grueling frontier to make progress in his quest. Oskar has been given the freedom of an adult to expand his quest throughout New York City. The freedom expressed by the grandather is leaving his wife and then eventually returning to her just as easily.
"I hated myself for going, why couldn't i be the kind of person who stayed?" pg 114 Oskar, being an atheist, doesn't necessarily have faith. Therefore he has to have a reason for everything, and invent solutions to his problems, instead of believing in destiny and ultimately having faith.
His father explains Oskar clearly exemplifies fortitude in his determination and bravery to finish his quest and discover the truth about his father death, without knowing the outcome. Oskar is not afraid of the truth, which is all he desires most. This could ultimately prolong the coping of the emotional trauma he suffers. Oskar never felt the need to hide his heavy boots, he confronts them instead of pushing them away. Oskar's mind and life can be described as industrious. He has been forced to rebuild and progress in his life. Oskar doesn't give up in quest for the lock; he continues his search for eight months, without losing focus or perserverence. He paid attention to every detail, leading him to the next clue.
The grandfather also can be described as industiousness because he never once stopped searching for a connection to his family. Oskar's character and routine is simple. Although Oskar may be complicated on the inside, he has no trouble in showing his simple need for the truth. In his search Oskar treats all of the people he meets as equals, without showing luxury towards them. He desires the truth so badly that he doesn't see any other way but to be blunt. Oskar doesn't believe it's right or morally acceptable for his mother to be happy. He dislikes Ron because he feels as if he is taking the place of his father. He doesn't feel his mother should be happy when she should be mourning the death of her husband. He believes his mother should be restraining her desires to move on and grow in new relationships. When Oskar's father was alive he was able to be reliant on his father not only for puzzles but for guidance and love. When he was with his father he had a sence of belongingness. Now he has to be independent in his quest and in his new life. "You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protectiong yourself from happiness." pg. 180 "Feeling pain is still better than not feeling, isn't it?" “I don’t believe in God, but I believe that things are extremely complicated, and her looking over me was as complicated as anything ever could be. But it was also incredibly simple. In my only life, she was my mom, and I was her son.” pg. 324 “I don’t believe in God, but I believe that things are extremely complicated, and her looking over me was as complicated as anything ever could be. But it was also incredibly simple. In my only life, she was my mom, and I was her son.” pg. 324 “Being with him made my brain quiet. I didn’t have to invent a thing.” pg. 12
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