Lament for a Son Setting & Symbolism

Nicholas Wolterstorff
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Munich

Eric's apartment is in Munich.

Mountain Climbing Accident

Eric dies in a mountain climbing accident at age twenty-five in Kaisiergebirger while climbing alone.

Eric's Apartment

Eric's apartment is in Munich. His father stops there before claiming his body in Kufstein. The narrator states that the objects in Eric's apartment speak of Eric, but they have no meaning without their owner.

Remembrance

Remembrance is a vital part of the Christian and Jewish way of life. The narrator and his family must not forget Eric, but they still must live their lives the same as though Eric was still alive. They leave Eric's belongings on display as a memorial.

Kaisiergebirger

Eric dies while climbing a mountain in Kaisiergebirger.

Kufstein

The narrator travels to Kufstein to collect Eric's body and effects.

Eric's Effects

When the narrator claims Eric's body, he also collects Eric's effects. The effects are boots and a...

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