This whole story Oskar is looking for a lock that fits his key. He goes on this very long journey to find out what the key is meant for. He figures out that it wasn't the lock he was looking for it was a way to help him forget the loss of his dad .
Oskar got on the fairy to go to Staten island for his journey of the lock to the key. It was a big deal for him because it was a big target if there were a terrorist attack. That scares him a lot because his dad died in a terrorist attack of 9/11. He hasn't got over his dad death yet and this was a big deal for him
Black water is all the bad things that happen to you in life. The blueness of water is bright and represents all the life inside it. when you take that away and turn in black it takes all the life out of it and represents the bad in the world. Black water is something Oskar has a lot of.
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