Study Guide

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Characters

By Jonathan Safran Foer

Oskar Schell

Oskar Schell is our very precocious, smart-as-a-whip nine-year-old narrator and protagonist. He's...

Grandma

Oskar's grandmother is nurturing and devoted to Oskar. She misses her son terribly and knows the...

Grandpa (Thomas Schell, Sr. aka The Renter)

Grandpa is our third narrator, and we get to know him through Oskar's descriptions and a series...

Mom

Oskar's Mom is a busy attorney who's somewhat awkwardly trying to fill the role left by his...

Mr. A. R. Black

Oskar meets tons of people with the last name Black over the course of the novel. We don't even...

Abby and William Black

Abby is the second Black. She lives in "the narrowest house in New York" (5.12), which also used...

Dad (Thomas Schell)

Oskar's Dad was a jeweler who always tried to encourage his son to do something other than the...

Minor Characters

New York City was home to a little over 8 million people in 2003. If Oskar met them all, we'd...