A Story to Tell

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Tragedy is a part of life regardless of who the individual is. How people cope with these tragedies varies from person to person. One thing we all have in common is the commonly used phrase “Never Forget.” Tragedy tends to define people and the memory of those people and their stories live on. The way people never forget these tragedies is through communication and telling their stories. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer, explores the many ways that different people live with tragedy in their own lives and the way they tell their stories to other people. The book follows three main characters: Oskar Schell who is a funny nine year old boy who lost his father in the 9/11 terrorist attacks; his Grandmother who lost her family in the firebombings in Germany and her son in the 9/11 attacks; and his Grandfather, Thomas Schell, Sr., who lost the woman he loved during her pregnancy. Throughout the story Oskar meets many people who are also coping and as they communicate and connect, Oskar is able to cope with his own loss. Foer touches base on many ways to cope with tragedy but really dives into how the stories live on through other people as the stories spread. This novel really explains the importance of communication to keep memories alive to help the characters cope. No matter how people copes with their tragedies, there is always a story to tell.
Thomas Schell Sr. lets tragedy consume him which can be seen through many years of letters to his son. He used these letters to tell his son the story of the loss of Anna, his deceased love from his past, and his life with Oskar’s Grandmother. This letter kept him connected to his son to help him cope with losing Anna. The letters run from before his son was bo...

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...was finally able to do, he embraced the loss of his father as a part of his life and because of it was able to overcome it.
Memories never die and stories live on forever. Foer takes us through a journey of tragedy and healing through the eyes of three individuals to teach us all a lesson on how people truly deal with loss. In this novel, it all boils down to how they let it define them and when they are able to embrace it. They truly will “Never Forget” as their stories live on in their writing and impact the lives of others. Everyone experiences death and loss at some point. Foer shows people everywhere to embrace it and accept it into their lives. Let the legacy of loved ones live on. One of the biggest challenges in life is to journey through grief and to heal. Whether you let it consume you, hide it, or embrace it, it is and always will be, a fact of life.
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