Professor Andrea Bell
12 February 12, 2014
A Boy Looking For His Mother
September 11, 2001 was a tragic day for citizens of the United States, especially those of the State of New York. Many lives lost, which means various citizens taken from their families. How would a young child be able to cope after losing his father in this terrible incident? In Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, a young Oskar loses his father in the event of the September 11th attacks. He is left with his mother, who he is terribly angry at. And his mother is left with a child who makes mourning so much worse for her because he is constantly blaming her for not being there with him on "the worst day ever." During the course of the novel, Oskar has mixed feelings towards the relationship he has with his mother.
Soon after his father's death, his mother and he have an extremely difficult time getting along with each other, but later on in the novel this changes as he begins to show more love towards his mother.
Oskar is filled with loathing towards his mother soon after his father's death. The two struggle to maintain a healthy parent and child relationship. He feels that it shouldn't have been him that passed away but her instead. An argument between he and his mother goes wrong and Oskar yells at his mother, regretfully, "'If I could have chosen, I would have chosen you!'" (171). This shows how angry he is, but he is not just angry with his mother. There are a few reasons for this. One, he is angry with his father for dying. To Oskar, his father meant the world to him, and...