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.
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
Chapter 9, “Happiness, Happiness”