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Rodriguez 4Carlos RodriguezEnglish 203Professor Andrea Bell12 February 12, 2014A Boy Looking For His MotherSeptember 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 for him to not being able to come home again, makes Oskar very frustrated. Second, he is angry with mother because of her way of showing emotion. In Oskar's eyes, she looks very calm and she seems to have moved on, talking to another man he does not know the story to. But in reality she is very hurt and is not able to move on past her husband's death. Another scene in the novel where there is trouble between the two is when Oskar apparently begins speaking like his father, and when his mother mentions it he questions, "'What do you mean I sound just like dad?'" (48). This shows his mother trying to make a connection with her son but does not work because of Oskar being disappointed over not being able to be himself. His mother and he do not seem to have a well relationship but slowly begins to come alive again.Oskar begins to open up to his mother and is starting to feel a little upset with how he has been acting to her. In the scene where he yells at his mother, Oskar begins to feel guilty for all the hurtful comments he made. When she leaves the room and closes the door to the room, Oskar is on the other side of the door and he is trying to apologize saying "'I take it back'" (172). He feels he has hurt his mother too much and wants to start to fix things. He tries to have his own connection with her, but does not happen so soon. A few...

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