the main character can speak limited french and has a long imagination (pg 1)
Oskar likes to talk alot and always thinks about the past and inventions that he can make (pg 7)
oskar is very intelligent and enjoys discovering things about people (pg 11)
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that attacks cells in brain area (neutrons) and Stephen Hawking has it, one of Oskars favorite authors. (pg 11)
the father might have died in 9/11 sice they are in new york, manhatten and, "there were four messages from him:one at 9:12, one at 9:31, one at 9:46, and one at 10:04" (pg 15), but the dad works midtown, and, he says in as call that hes waiting for firefighters.
the father must have been a mute for a long period of his life. (pg 29)
oskar keeps on lying ever since the death, more than a usual (pg 50)
Oskar gave a key to his apartment to the mail women and the mom is mad that he gave it to a stranger that could go inside their apartment and steel their things (6).
oskar believes that his dad didnt die since his name is all over the art store and his dad died over a year ago and the people at the store wouldnt keep the pages there for that long. or, someone has been writing his name for him (pg 51)
the grandmother is very lonely without oskar and her son (pg 71)
out of all the people that oskar loves, mom, grandma and dad are the top three that he loves the most, from least to greatest, in that order. even though his dad is dead, oskar still loves him very much. (pg 73)
maybe nobody had written back to the man in the turkish labor camp because they didnt know who they were writing to. (pg 75-76)
the author may possibly believe in second chances due to him writing, "if you release me i will be a good person... i hsve tried to become a good person." these are what a man in prison writes after murdering his brother with a shovel as revenge for having an afair with his wife. this man believes that he can be better, but he still wants another chance, and since these are the authors words, that might be true to him, too ( pg 77)
the grandmother, oskars great, great grandmother wrote his grandmother her life story (67 pages long) as a letter. this is remarkable since she is very old and has many memories (pg 79)
grandmother was a very curious girl when she was younger and loved to be excited (pgs 80-81)
the grandmother believes that she married her sisters secret boyfriend. in the beginning a girl asks a boy to marry her, a girl who doesnt fit in, she asks a boy who cant talk and has yes and no on his hands. she sees this man who looks like her sisters "friend", Thomas, so they start talking and so on (pg 81)
possibly, her house burned down since "our househave burned less brightly" and she might have set it on fire since (i think) she is suicidalor has thoughts about it. (pg 83)
oskars dad was aodpted! "no shildren. that was our first rule." (pg 85)
the dad was very wise and intelligent causing oskar to be reliable on o him. now he cant be reliable on anyone accept for themselves (pg 86)
oskar answeres questions very literaly and with little emotion (pg 94)
oskar likes to keep things to himself and give zero explantation for why he does stuff. (pg 102)
oskar reminds his grandmother of her husband. he is like him and the only male that she has left. so she watches him very carefuly (pg 104)
oskar is a vegan but has dried icecream since thats what astronauts eat for dessert. (pg 104)
grandma and grandpa make more and more rules, repeatedly, and grandpa loses track sometimes, making him consider abandoning her.
they are trying very hard tomake a utopia in their apartment, but it is turning into a distopia, making them stressed and cofused and unheard. (pg 111)
grandfather is in love with anna, grandmas sister. (pg 114)
anna has been going to see him while he goes to see her and they finaly met, he asked her "'do you like me?' " (pg 117)
The character thinks in a very imaginative, original way. (2)
It is clear that the character had trouble talking to people, and that his family is trying to help him, but he does not want to. (6)
It is made very clear how close Oskar is to his father, going on all of these different adventures. (10)
I like the metaphor Foer uses, it makes what Oskar is going through easier to understand. "... that made my boots lighter" (11).
The author makes it clear how broken the two characters are by one not being able to speak, a more straightforward way, and the other instantly proposing to a man she barely knows, because she knows that he is broken too. (30).
How is the image of the doorknob relevant? Why is it there and what does it mean? (29)
I like the simile Foer used of comparing Oskar's mind to a beaver. It helped me picture what he was talking about more clearly. (36)
I really like how Foer included the pads of paper people wrote on by the display, it helps you see what was happening and added a bit of color and made it interesting. (50)
Is Oskar's grandmother so protective because of his grandfather leaving her? (100)
I think that the strange way Oskar acts will help him as he tries to find the key.
Why does Oskar's mom allow him to leave so often while giving vague information? Does she know something he doesn't?
I think it's interesting how knowledgeable Oskar is on many factual subjects, but struggles to understand people.
Did Oskar's grandmother start narrating again? Why does she have so many rules with his mom?
The author makes it very confusing who is who when the narrative switches, is this intentional?
How is Oskar going to mend his relationship with his mother as it gets thinner and thinner?
I like how the other conveys how much Oskar's grandmother cares for him by explaining her actions.
I think these rules listed will eventually play a role on Oskar as well.
I like how the author reveals who the narrator is slowly by giving hints.
This quote is extremely powerful to me, "... the Nothing vase cast a Something shadow, like the memory of someone you've lost..." (110).
I like how the author expresses the relationship his grandmother and grandmother (123).
I wonder if Oskar's dad ever read this letter, or if Oskar will (135).
I like how Foer expresses how Oskar is embarrassed by what his grandma does, not by her. (144)
I like how the author expresses Oskar's frustration through what he imagines (146).
I know what happens at the end, so I liked how Foer hints at the idea that the people Oskar is visiting know him. (150)
I like how Foer includes important, but irrelevant to most of the plot, facts to give you perspective beyond the book (161).
I like how the author includes both perspectives, Oskar's grandmother and grandfather because you can see how theg both felt about their unusal marriage. (176)
This chapter helps me underthe storyline so much better, it fills in the holes from Oskar's grandfather's perspective. (176-177)
The way Foer describes the bombing and the people, really helps you imagine how horrible it was. (211)
I like how Foer emphasized how much the grandfather had to say by having the letters on the pages get closer and closer as they went on. (281- 284)
Why hadn't Oskar's mother told Oskar about Abby's messages?
I liked how the author left you without knowing what was in the safe deposit box, even though I was curious.
If Oskar's grandmother knew the renter was seeing Oskar, why didn't she say anything? Had she learned to live with it?
I like how Oskar's grandfather buried all of his unsent letter in his coffin, and how that was how Oskar realized the connection between him and his grandfather.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer, is the story of a nine-year-old named Oskar, who loses his father in the tragic events of September 11. Oskar is the narrator of a large piece of the book. The reader is told different parts of the overall story from different views from different characters. Oskar’s grandmother, who lives in the apartment building across from Oskar’s, narrates part of novel. As does the man renting a room in Oskar’s grandmother’s apartment. The reader learns things that some of the other characters do not know. Foer offers a tapestry of perspectives in order to empower the reader.
When the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers started, Oskar got let out of school early and was home before his mother. He was waiting for a call from his friend, oblivious to the chaos happening in the city. He listened to the messages on the phone, they were from his father trying to convince his family not to worry. Oskar thinks, “There were four more messages from him… I listened to them... and then before I had time to figure out what to do, or even what to think or feel, the phone started ringing… I looked at the caller ID and saw that it was him” (15). This is something that no one else in the story knows until the end, a secret kept by Oskar. Knowing that Oskar had a chance to talk to his father before he died, is very important to the story. Most of the the characters did not even know that his father left any messages. The reader knows, and it helps them understand Oskar better and piece together what really happened.
A man moved in with Oskar’s grandmother shortly after his father died, Oskar had been told that he was her renter. But then, we hear a part of the story from the renter’s point of view. One day, Oskar visits his grandmother, and the renter wants to know who he is. Foer writes, "I lived in the guest room, she left me meals by the door...'My grandson.'...'Can I see him?'...'No.' I begged with my hands.'No.''Please.''Please.''I won't let him know who I am. I just want to see him.''No'"(276). The renter is Oskar’s grandfather. Oskar doesn’t know this, and we do because of the narration through his grandfather. The reader had a deeper understanding of what is happening and who everyone really is, because the secrets of each of the characters are revealed through their storytelling. This allows the reader to piece together the storyline and follow it more closely.
The different points of views in the novel were included by Foer as a way to give the reader more information to understand the story. Oskar is the only character that knows that he was home when his father called him, and could not pick it up. Oskar is not aware of the fact that his grandfather is living with his grandmother. These are both key pieces to the story and we would not know both of them if there had been just one narrator. People cannot make it through life by just doing what they know, they need to hear ideas and learn from other people.
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