I haven’t quite gotten to the end of the novel yet but I just came to this little revelation and thought that I should share it.
Whether or not Oskar does find the lock that the key opens is no longer important to me to be satisfied with the novel. Thanks to this key that he has found Oskar has been able to open so many different things. He opens up many new friendships, like the one he shares with Mr. Black and he seems to open things in the people that he meets that they have tried to close up inside of themselves. Not to mention that this little key of his opens countless doors of the people that he seeks out throughout the novel.
I feel that even if he can’t open the lock that the key really goes to it is thanks to this key that so many other locks are open.
I have not thought about the key in the way that you explained before, but I agree with you.because of the key, Oskar was able to cope in a different way than many others because of he key. He was able to create wonderful friendships . He was able to connect with his father one more time, before the key’s owner was found.
Contrary to what you have said, I do think that finding the keys owner was an important. I the owner was never found, who knows how long it would have taken Oskar to come to terms with his father’s death. Oskar would have kept searching and searching for nothing beneficial to him, and if he did not find what the key belonged to Oskar would have always had to wonder what, and why.