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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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Images from Shutterstock.com Characters Oskar Theory Application Archetypal Theory The spacing in Oskar's grandmother's letters (titled "My Feelings") is larger. Words are also left out and there are many indents. Jonathan wrote it this way to convey emotion. The words are read differently and the impact of these words is much greater. The structure represents her emotions and the development of her character.

Oskar's grandfather's letters (titled "Why I'm Not Where You Are") have very little punctuation to create an effect of rambling. This structure represents represents his guilt of leaving his wife and son and his lost ability to speak after the war. The structure shows that he is overwhelmed by his guilt. (pgs 280-284)

Foer uses many photos in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close he states,
I think using images makes sense for this particular book … because September 11 was the most visually documented event in human history. When we think of those events, we remember certain images – planes going into the buildings, people falling, the towers collapsing. That’s how we experience it; that’s how we remember it. And I want to be true to that experience. (“Up Close and Personal”)

Overall, Foer's use of visual writing not only conveys the character's emotions but is a way for the reader to become involved with the story.

“Up Close and Personal: Jonathan Safran Foer Examines Violence through Child’s Eyes.” Interview with Alden Mudge. Book Page. 12 Sept. 2008. 24 March 2009
Visual Writing Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is about a nine year old boy named Oskar Schell who goes on a journey to find out how his father died in the 9/11 attack. After his father's death he finds a key that had belonged to him.The key was found in an envelope titled to "Black". Oskar sees it as a game that he is playing with his father and wants to find its meaning. He also feels that the key is his only way of reconnecting with his father. He sets out on an enduring journey throughout New York City to discover what the key unlocks. In this journey he encounters many people and learns their own background and story. All though the key only leads to a money case that belongs to someone else, he still is healed from the pain of his father's death. This is because the people he met made him feel that he is not the only one and that he can still be happy. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close also intertwines two other stories from Oksar's grandma and grandpa. Through their stories, the reader discovers their relationship and its impact on Oskar's life. Summary Quotes from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to other CIS Lit novels Rating and Opinion from the readers "I don't know if I've ever loved your grandfather. But I've loved not being alone" (Foer 309) -Grandma

"...although the truth is I am not in love with her..." (Foer 135) -Grandma

"Of course I wanted to to talk to Mom that night I decided to go hunting for the lock, but I couldn't" (Foer 51). -Oskar

"I desperately wish I had my tambourine with me now, because even after everything I'm still wearing heavy boots, and sometimes it helps to play a good beat" (Foer 2). -Oskar

"I couldn't pick up the phone. I just couldn't do it. It rang and rang, and I couldn't move. I wanted to pick it up, but I wouldn't" (Foer 301). "He loves her like a gambler loves a fast racehorse or a desperate man loves whiskey that kind of love eats a man up. I don't trust him" (Allison 41). -Alma to Maybelle

"...and I don't want her, but I want her, and I cannot let go" (Erdrich 67). -Nector speaking about Marie

"Although Nwoye had been attracted to the new faith from the very first day, he kept it secret" (Achebe 125).

"Henry Dobbins carried his girlfriend's pantyhose wrapped around his neck as a comforter" (O'Brien 10).

"The whole world would change then, and nothing would ever be all right again. Not for our family. All the other people in the whole wide world might go on about their business, but for us it would never be normal again" (Kingsolver 366). -Rachel speaking about Ruth's death Bailey Gare
Rating:
Opinion:

Alyssa Fogarty
Rating: 4/5 stars
Opinion: Like-Visual Writing, authors way of writing, the story line Dislike- letters were a little confusing at first

Austin Buss
Rating: 8/10
Opinion:Over all reading Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close was enjoyable, as you travel along with Oscar on his journey. You get to experience his ups and definalty his downs. As you read you can feel the emotion that goes with the text. I also enjoyed it because it involved something that was deal with 9/11 which is an important date in our country that will never be forgotten. Oksar's Grandma Oskar's Grandpa Mr. Black In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Oksar's grandma writes letters to him. In these letters she writes about her past relationship with his grandfater. Oskar and Grandma have a close relationship. She lives in an apartment that is close to his. They walkie talkie each other and Oskar visits her frequently throughout the novel.
Oskar's grandma grew up in Dresden, Germany. She survived a horrible bombing during World War II and moved to America. She married her sister's boyfriend (Oskar's grandpa). He unfortunately leaves her after she becomes pregnant with Thomas because they made a promise to each other that they were not going to have a children. She is left alone as a single mother to take care of Thomas who dies years later in the 9/11 attack. She feels that Oskar is all she has left. Her role in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close may be small, but it has a big impact within the story. "The same pictures over and over.
Planes going into buildings.
Bodies falling.
People waving shirts out of high windows.
Planes going into buildings.
People covered in gray dust.
Bodies falling.
Buildings falling.
Planes going into buildings.
Planes going into buildings.
Buildings falling.
People waving shirts out of high windows"
(Foer 230). "In my dream, painters separated green into yellow and blue.
Brown into the rainbow.
Children pulled color from coloring books with crayons and mothers who had lost children mended their black clothing with scissors.
I think about all the things I've done, Oskar. And all of the things I didn't do. The mistakes I have made are dead to me. But I can't take back the things I never did" (Foer 309) "After only a few sessions it became clear
to me that he was sculpting Anna. He was
trying to remake the girl he knew seven years before. He looked at me as he sculpted, but he saw her" (Foer 83). "I flipped to the next blank page of his little book and wrote, Please marry me.
He looked at his hands.
YES and NO.
Why does anyone ever make love?
He took his pen and wrote on the next and last page, No children.
That was our first rule.
The next day, your grandfather and I were married" (Foer 85). In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Oksar's grandfather writes letters to his son Thomas, Oskar's father. In these letters he explains his relationship with his wife and talks about his experience in World War II. Oskar's grandfather is unable to speak because of his pain and loss from the war. He communicates to others by writing on paper or showing his yes and no tattoos on the inside of his hands. He is known as the renter before the reader finds out that he is Oskar's grandfather. The letters he writes seem to be from an unknown source at first. In the end he returns for Oskar's grandmother and hopes to know Oskar more since he never got to know his own son.

"I'm telling you this because I'll never be your father, and you will always be my child" (Foer 135).

"I thought, it's a shame that we have to live, but it's a tragedy that we get to live one life" (Foer 133).

"I never thought of myself as quiet, much less silent, I never thought about things at all, everything changed, the distance that wedged itself between me and my happiness wasn't the world, it wasn't the bombs and burning buildings, it was my thinking, the cancer of never letting go..." (Foer 17). Trauma Theory The trauma from Thomas's death in the 9/11 attack causes fear among the main characters of EL and IC Oskar copes with his trauma by looking for an answer of the found key. He often talks to Grandma about it. He also talks about his experience with others. This trauma has a large effect on him mentally.
"We spent so much time together. I don't think there's anyone that I spend more time with, at least not since Dad died..." (Foer 105).

Grandma copes with her trauma by supporting Oskar. After Thomas's death she feels that he is the only she has left. She writes him letters explaining her fears, past, and hopes for him.
"When I looked at you, my life made sense. Even the bad things made sense. They were necessary to make you possible" (Foer 323).

Grandpa copes with his trauma of leaving Thomas and his wife by writing letters to Thomas telling him things he wish he would have told him when he was alive. He also copes by getting to know Oksar because he never got to know his own son.
"...you didn't sound like someone that was about to die...I wish we could have wasted time...I told Oskar it was best not to let his grandma know we'd met, he didn't ask why...I told him if he ever wanted to talk to me, he could throw pebbles at the guest room window and I would come down to meet him on the corner..." (Foer 281).


Fo Mr. Black is a 103 year old war reporter. He hasn't left hisappartment or had any contact with society, by turning off his hearing aid, since the death of his wife. As Oskar is in search of those with the name 'Black' he finds out Mr. Black lives in the same apartment complex as him. When they first meet, Oskar turns on his hearing aid for the first time since Mr.Black's wife's death. Mr. Black keeps business cards for every person he thought he might need to reference to. On each card he writes their name and one word description of the person. Mr.Black is touched by Oskars story he decides to acompany him on as he travels across the city.

"Nine out of ten significant people have to do with money or war!" (159)

"I was impressed by by how much life Mr. Black had lived, and how much he wanted to have his life around him" (160). -Oskar

"I've hammered a nail into the bed every morning since she died! It's the first thing I do after walking! Eight thousand six hundred twenty-nine nails!" (161). Symbols
Key-(key to life, answer all question) oskar father, keeping him alive
pg37-39 pg 200
" It was a weird looking key, obviously to something extremely important, because it was fatter and shorter than a normal key"
"even though i knew that there were 161,999,999 locks in New York that it didn't open, i still felt it open everything. Sometimes i liked to touch it just to know it was there, like pepper spray i kept in my pocket."
Birds- death, direction, spirt
pg 168
"then, out of nowhere, a flock of birds flew by the window, extremely fast and incredibly close. Maybe twenty of them. Maybe more. But they also seemmed like just on bird, because somehow they all knew exactly what to do.....{Mr.Black} started crying- not out of happiness, i could tell, but not out sadness, either."
Tambourine-coping mechanism
pg 2, 88
"I desperately wish i had my tambourine with me now, because after everything i'm still wearing heavy boots, and sometimes it helps to play a good beat."
" i shook my tambourine the whole time, because it helped me remember that even though i was going through different neighborhoods, i was still me"
Hights/public places- how his father died
pg 90
"'if you come up, i will take a look at that key.' 'i can't go up' 'why not?' 'because you're on the ninth floor and i don't go that high.' 'why not?' 'it isn't safe.' 'but it's perfectly safe here.' "until something happens' 'you'll be fine.' ....'but my dad is dead'". ` Oskar-9 year old boy who live in New York
intelligence
sensitive
culturaly aware
makes friends easliy
thinker/inventor
trusting
noise forward
quotes
pg 91,1,193,234 Throughout the novel the author has many refences that refer to the title of the book such as Extremey fast, extremely Beautiful, incredibly far, ect. Do you think he does this on purpose?

Why do you think the novel is titled "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"?

Do you think Oskars mom didn't tell him she knew he was walking around new york searching for people with the last name black?
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