Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

The Use of Multiple Voices in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 12th Grade

In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Foer uses three different narrative voices to bring life to his story. The first and most prominent, as well as the one used to narrate the ongoings of the present day, is that of Oskar Schell. The other two, which serve mainly to buoy Oskar's story and explain the past, are the voices of the boy's Grandmother and Grandfather. These different narrators each respond to the story's integral tragedy, and express themselves- both to the reader and to the other characters- in very different ways.

Oskar's grandfather, Thomas Schell Sr, is likely the most perplexing character in the book, who is truly characterized by his inability to speak and the highly apparent fact that his mind is stuck in the past. His lack of human communication embodies and defines how he express himself in the book. His narration seems quite normal at first, however it soon becomes apparent that this complex, flowing train of though is being laid down in the form of a letter to his son. This is how the reader gains insight in to Thomas's thoughts. These letters are the only time that the he communicates his true feelings and articulates thoughts about his life. Yet, as the reader sees, he is never able to send them,...

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