Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close And Cecilia Of Yxta Maya Murray

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Oskar Schell of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Cecilia of Yxta Maya Murray’s Locas both share similar experiences in that they are both exposed to hardships at a young age and strive to overcome them. The two youths, one male in New York City and one female in Los Angeles, are presented with conflicts such as living inferior to those around them and feeling lost. Oskar is a young boy struggling to cope with his father’s death while Cecilia is a teenager facing the struggles of gang life in her neighborhood. Despite the very different obstacles each character has to face, both characters refuse to stay inferior to their troubles and seek forms of closure. First, Oskar and Cecilia both experience uncommon hardships for people their age. Oskar, a very peculiar nine year old, has trouble accepting the death of his father and feels like his mother doesn’t care about him. Oskar feels like he and his mother are drifting apart because she doesn’t care that he’s always going out into the city: “...She would ask where I was going and when I 'd be back, I would just say, 'I 'm going out. I 'll be back later. ' What was so weird, and what I should have tried harder to understand, was that she never asked anything else...even though she was normally so cautious about me, especially since Dad died. So why was she suddenly starting to forget about me? Every time I left our apartment to go searching for the lock, I became a little lighter, because I was…

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