Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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Catharsis(es) In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Is there a catharsis in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close? If so, when does it happen for Oskar, and if applicable for the reader? Discuss. To discuss whether there are catharsises and if so where, it is important to have a clear definition of ‘catharsis’, so there can be no confusion. According to ‘Oxford’s: Literature Criticism and Style’ a catharsis is: “The purging of emotions which takes place at the end of a tragedy.” A good catharsis closes a story and does not leave the audience, or reader with questions. According to the Oxford definition of a catharsis, it is important to determine whether Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a tragedy, but for this essay, the focus will…show more content…
Oskar’s grandmother follows him. Almost the entire last ‘My Feelings’ chapter is a purging of emotions. Whether there is a catharsis for the grandparents depends on the ending it creates. On one hand there is a catharsis, because they find a way to live together, at the airport. This closes their story and creates closure for both of them. But on the other hand it might not be a catharsis, because it is not clear if they really have closure. There are still questions and the reader and the grandparents do not know if this is a good solution, so there is not really a proper closed ending. Last of all, digging up the coffin of Oskar’s father could be a catharsis for both Oskar and his grandfather. For both of them it is a purging of emotions, for obvious reasons. Whether it creates closure is the question. For Oskar it does not create closure. He expects it will, but the empty coffin shocks him. “Or maybe I was surprised by how empty is was. I felt like I was looking into the dictionary definition of emptiness.” For Oskar’s grandfather it does create closure. He buries all of his letters to his son and ends his struggle. For him, it is over. Is there a catharsis in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close? If so, when does it happen for Oskar, and if applicable for the reader? There are many possibilities. On one hand there are catharsises, on the other hand there are not. For Oskar there is could be a catharsis, because he finds acceptance. Or there is no catharsis,
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