Related text: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

1 Jul

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a film based on a novel by the same name written by Jonathan Safran Foer.  It is about a boy, Oscar, who believes his late father left him a final message hidden in New York City.  The film showcases Oscar’s journey in pursuit of this message and allows us to travel with Oscar as he finds himself.

This text would work well as a related text for AOS Discovery and ‘Exploring Transitions’ for Standard English.

AOS Discovery

As flagged in the plot overview, this is a a story about Oscar’s journey to discover something specific and, instead, learning about himself and his world.  This text has particular relevance if students wish to craft arguments around accidental discoveries, openness to discovery, and the ways in which one person’s discoveries impact others.

For other AOS Discovery related texts, click here.

Exploring Transitions

Oscar undergoes a number of transitions.  He moves, for example, from frightened to brave, closed to open, confused to certain, and from weak to strong.  Similar transformations are evident in Rita in Educating Rita.  It is, however, worthwhile noting that Rita’s transformation is intentionally and purposefully pursued.  In contrast, while Oscar’s journey is intended, it is not undertaken with the purpose of facilitating a change in self.

For other ‘Exploring Transitions’ related texts, click here.

3 Responses to “Related text: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”


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    […] Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (film). […]


  3. AOS Journeys | Once uPUN a time... - July 8, 2016

    […] Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (novel) (or the film adaptation) […]


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