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One way that the author is able to intensify his writing is through the use of repetition. This is a unique use of language that is very effective. The most powerful example of this technique is in the passage written by Oskar’s Grandmother:
Planes going into buildings. Bodies Falling. Planes going into buildings. People
covered in grey dust. Bodies falling. Buildings falling. Planes going into
buildings. Planes going into buildings. Buildings falling. People waving shirts
out of high windows. Bodies falling. Planes going into buildings. (230)
Having to read those few words over and over again had a bigger impact on me than any descriptive language could have. To me, it represents the constant replay in my head of the events of 9/11. The image just keeps coming, and it doesn’t stop, and it won’t stop.
The events of 9/11 are used as background information in this novel, however the main focus is around losing a loved one. In this respect, it is all too easy for me to be able to relate to Oskar. This past August, a good friend of mine passed away from a car accident. It was devastating, and is still extremely hard to cope with. I play back the day all the time in my mind. This tragic event makes me understand why Oskar is on a constant scavenger hunt to find the lock to the key. I don’t think it is simply because he wants to stay close with his father, I think it is also that he wants to recover his father’s legacy, and replay the life that his father led.
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