Briefly Appearing Characters
In numerous works of literature, a character that may not even appear at all in the course of the story carries a significant presence affecting the development of the plot throughout the novel. In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, the author indicates that Oskar’s deceased father plays an eloquent role in the development of the plot. As a result of his father’s presence, Oskar goes on a trek throughout New York, eventually is able to connect and create a bond with his grandfather, and the theme of loss is centered around Oskar’s father’s death. One way that Oskar’s father affects the action of the story is when he leaves behind the key in the envelope with Black written on it. When Oskar finds the key in his father’s closet, he is determined to find out what exactly it meant. Oskar’s innate curiosity and drive to learn leads him on his journey to meet every person with the last name Black in New York. In addition, the profound influence that Oskar’s father had in Oskar’s life led him on this journey. The profound influence that Oskar’s father had on Oskar is shown in this quote, “I could invent a teakettle that reads in Dad’s voice, so I could fall asleep” (Foer 1). Clearly, Oskar is extremely close with his father and would do anything to find out more about him and be close to him for just a little bit longer. This journey of Oskar’s is inspired through the influence of his father, even though clearly Oskar’s father was not present in the novel; However, The fact that Oskar’s father has such a profound impact on the novel is foreshadowed by the fact that in the very first paragraph Oskar mentions that he likes to fall asleep listening to the sound of his father’s voice. Additionally, as a result of Oskar’s journey, he is able to create a connection and bond with his grandfather, even though he may not have known that it constitutes his grandfather at first. For example, after Mr. Black, who Oskar meets...
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