Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close By Jonathan Safran Foer

1118 WordsApr 14, 20155 Pages
There is an underlying reason why two humans from separate cultures, separated by miles of distance, can strongly relate to a cliche film or sappy novel. A relatable theme found in our society is trauma; the allure of tragedy is so familiar to the masses, and it’s lingering effects are universally recognized. It is innate to all human beings. The human condition allows for this type of collective connection. Not only does everyone have these similar struggles, but they are continuous in nature. They do not clearly start or begin but merely cycle through. The human experience is a shared experience that is ongoing despite the man-made structure and boundary of time. In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, the lives of Oskar Schell and his grandfather, Thomas Schell, are contrasted against each other. Their situations physically differ from each other, as in time and location, however, how they react to their traumatic events are the same. The impact of these traumatic events results in a plethora of symptoms that goes unnoticed by the conscious mind. The unconscious mind or rather the Id, governs their behavior. The examination of the functions of the mind and how it shapes the personality falls under the psychoanalytic theory developed by Sigmund Freud. Psychoanalytic theorists also believe that human behavior is deterministic. By using this critical lens there is a more insightful understanding of the characters and their actions. Oskar and his
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