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Siya Yadav Ms. Solow 28 May 2019 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Essay Through the use of the then recent catastrophic events of 9/11, Jonathan Safran Foer explores grief through the perspective of a nine-year old boy suffering from the loss of his father in the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close . Grief often follows an incredibly traumatic experience in one’s life and during the early stage of grief, it’s typical for one to be in denial or bargaining with said traumatic event. While living in the stage of denial, it is impossible to move forward and continue life as it once was. Foer uses Oskar’s childlike metaphor of “heavy boots” to portray this stage of grief in his life. When you think about boots you’ll often find that they serve the purpose of protecting your feet and allowing movement in rough terrain but if your boots are too heavy they might just do the opposite and prevent movement forward due to their excessive weight. The weight of Oskar’s boots is similar to that of having too much weight on one’s shoulders. Whether it’s with his father’s death or his mother’s easy acceptance of it or even finding the key, Oskar feels incredibly burdened by the situations in his life, so much so that it prevents him from being able to accept what has happened. Grief has a way of creeping up on
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