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Jonathan Safran Foers novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close deals with the traumatic experience of losing someone important while still being very young We learn about a boy named Oskar Schell who is incredibly intelligent for his young age Oskar is also very hurt due to the loss of his father in a tragic event Oskar Schells pain is investigated in this essay through the Kbler-Ross model concerning the different stages of grief The Kbler-Ross model is commonly known as the five stages of grief and was introduced by Elisabeth Kbler-Ross The first step in the model is denial This stage is shown throughout the beginning of the book as it should be in a chronological manner Not in one particular sentence but instead at the end of the first chapter 6 and in the beginning of the third 35 as Oskar hardly deals with the fact that his father passed away in the previous events The mother focuses her grief into an object to keep her thoughts away from the truth Mom Yes I have a question OK What are you squeezing in your purse She pulled out her hand and opened it and it was empty Just squeezing she said 7 This is because she does not want to make her son feel unease by crying in front of him This decision plays a bigger part in Oskars journey through the grief than the mother could have known Oskars biggest distraction from the tragedy is the quest of finding the lock for the key he found in his fathers wardrobe This quest and his inventing is what keep him from feeling pain This shows that by finding different ways to keep his brain off what happened he can deny that it ever did Every time I left our apartment to go searching for the lock I became a lighting light because I was getting closer to dad 52 The longer his quest prolongs
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