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Exploring parallels between Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye.

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1 Exploring parallels between Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye

2 Oskar Schell Holden Caulfield 9 years old Born and raised in Manhattan Coping with the loss of his father after the traumatic events of September 11 th, years old Born and raised in Manhattan Coping with the loss of his younger brother, Allie, after his death from leukemia Undertakes a journey through the 5 boroughs of NYC in order to better understand his father Struggles to communicate & understand his feelings Leaves school and travels around NYC in a failed attempt to better understand life Struggles to communicate & understand his feelings

3 Each character has possessions that help preserve their sense of self during their journey.

4 Oskar Schell Holden Caulfield TambourineRed hunting hat

5 Each character has trouble communicating.

6 Oskar Schell

7 Despite being haunted by the phone, a communication device, Oskar can’t talk about his traumatic experience.

8 Holden Caulfield Holden is equally incapable of coping with the death of his younger brother. He broke all the windows in the garage on the night that Allie died (a cry for help, but not a verbal communication of need). He flunked out of school(s). He talks to his little sister and his dead brother, but is not able to effectively communicate his need. He confesses in the all the wrong people (a prostitute, a flaky date, cab drivers, etc.)

9 The setting (NYC) functions almost like a character in each novel. Both Oskar and Holden must understand the nature of NYC in order to accept their place in the world.

10 Both novels use unique narrative structure to tell their stories

11 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close The Catcher in the Rye Story frame Informal narration Colloquial language Unreliable narration Story frame Informal narration Colloquial language Unreliable narration Use of multiple narrators Use of mixed media (pictures)


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