Essay Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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------------------------------------------------- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close The challenge of getting over the loss of someone close to you is incredibly hard. You may carry the need of being close or just eventually talk to that person, but it’s just not possible. Therefore, it gives many people comfort to pretend or act like that person is still among us. But it gets to a point where you have to realise that the person you miss so bad, really is gone and will never come back. You have to move on. But letting go and saying goodbye can be extremely hard. That is the big problem for the 9-year-old narrator Oskar in the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. He lost his father and he’s having a hard time, coping with this. The novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is about 9-year-old Oskar, whose father died in the 9/11 attacks. The body was never found. The excerpt we read forms the opening of the novel. Basically, the excerpt is based on Oskar’s impulsive and astonishing thoughts about everyone and everything. The story starts in medias res, with Oskar’s thoughts about what if the spout of a teakettle would open and close like a mouth, and maybe he could invent a teakettle with Dad’s voice, so he could fall asleep. Already we’re introduced to the fact that Oskar lost his father. Oskar describes different things he reflects about. Then follows a flashback. Oskar is thinking about the first time he was in a limousine. It was when he, his mother and his grandmother where driving to his fathers funeral. Oskar describes how he talked as a computer to the driver Gerald, and how he discussed with his mother whether or not it was a good idea to give a copy of their key to the mailwoman. Then Oskar describes how it used to be his dream to take over the family jewellery business after his father. Then he tells about a game he and his father
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