For instance, he is only joyful when Old Nick brings him a birthday present; he cannot recognize Ma’s fear of what the sadist will expect in return from her for such a gift.
Neither Ma nor Jack can simply begin their new life away from Old Nick: they are both emotionally scarred and physically damaged from their time in captivity.
Ma must undergo intense dental surgery, and Jack must wear all sorts of protective clothing before he can even go outside.
having kids; the locked room is a metaphor for the claustrophobic, tender bond of parenthood.
I borrowed observations, jokes, kid grammar and whole dialogues from our son Finn, who was five while I was writing it. the Fritzl family’s escape from their dungeon in Austria – though I doubt I’ll ever use contemporary headlines as a launching point again, since I didn’t like being even occasionally accused of ‘exploitation’ or tagged ‘Fritzl writer’.
Jack has grown up and learned to communicate with only one other person in close, captive quarters; therefore, he is almost entirely unable to communicate properly in the outside world, which has many different social rules that he has never experienced.
The most obvious example is Jack’s interactions with the TV: in Room, he believes that he knows what is real and what is make-believe.
Yet, it is hard for Jack not to see these people as strangers, no more closely related to him than Doctor Clay or Noreen.
He views only Ma as his true family, as underscored at the end of the novel when Jack and Ma move back in together.
When Ma escapes and is reunited with her family, she learns that her mother never gave up hope that she was alive.
Yet, there are also instances of love failing or being insufficient; for example, Ma’s father cannot accept Jack as a member of his family because he was the product of rape.