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Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close Analysis

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In many works of literature characters are deceitful to protect both themselves and those around them, as is evident in the novels “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.” These novels, while different in their entirety while ironically similar exhibit a paradox in which the characters do not possess an ill will while telling their fateful lies, but believe that they are being protective of either their own lives or another’s. “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer is a modern story about a young boy whose father passed during the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, and the dishonest quest that he takes while in search of the truth. “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams is set place in the 1940’s and revolves around the lies of two sisters whose duplicity caused an unexpected fallout, despite how badly they both needed each other’s protection. These works of literature represent two entirely different outcomes of deception, as it is clear …show more content…

Oskar’s mother hid behind what she left unsaid, to allow herself and others to cope. Throughout “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” she pretended she was unaware of Oskar’s quest to help preserve Oskar’s last bit of hope for the tragic world that he now lived in. After months of his search Oskar finally realized that his mother knew all along when he said, “All of a sudden I understood why, when Mom asked where I was going, and I said “‘Out,”’ she didn’t ask anymore questions. She didn’t have to, because she knew” (Foer 291). Notifying each “Black” on his list before he arrived that he was coming to question them about the lock, she always knew he was safe. By giving him a sense of independence and adventure she allowed her son to get caught up in something other than the horrific event that had begun to consume his life, and by not saying a word, she showed how much she

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