Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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Jimmy Snyder Character Analysis

Jimmy Snyder is the annoying boy in Oskar’s class who teases him. Jimmy plays Hamlet in their class play, and he makes fun of Grandma, who he says laughs at the wrong parts. Oskar imagines himself standing up to Jimmy and humiliating him, but instead, he keeps quiet. Jimmy also torments Oskar when Oskar gives a presentation about the bombing of Japan in World War II. Jimmy is Oskar’s antithesis in every way: Oskar is curious, hyper-verbal, and very sensitive, but Jimmy spends all his energy making raunchy jokes and being a bully.
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Jimmy Snyder Character Timeline in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

The timeline below shows where the character Jimmy Snyder appears in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7, Heavier Boots
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...laughing and crying at the wrong parts. Oskar pretends to laugh along when his classmate Jimmy Snyder , who plays Hamlet, makes fun of her, but on the inside, he’s ashamed. (full context)
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...elaborate alternate version of the play in which Yorick wreaks his revenge on Hamlet / Jimmy Snyder , and the audience cheers; in reality, he stays silent. (full context)
Chapter 9, “Happiness, Happiness”
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...could determine where the explosion came from by tracing shadows from objects in its path. Jimmy Snyder asks Oskar why he’s so weird. (full context)
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Jimmy Snyder asks Oskar who Buckminster is, and when Oskar says, “Buckminster is my pussy,” the kids... (full context)