The pattern in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer, that I choose to write about is repetition of thought. When the narrator learns of something, or thinks of something, it does not merely cross his mind. It bounces around within his brain, causing such a cacophony that an outsider is bombarded with this one thought this one idea until another clamours its way in, but only until the original returns.This can be seen with the game that is played. When the game begins, it is all that exists in the world, and until something takes a priority that is what reality consists of. The narrator talks to everyone he can, set on this idea. And, when later he decides that metal is a clue, he gets a metal detector and systematically searches everywhere. This could be included for two reasons: One, it is the authors way of imitating the thought process of a small child, and if that is the goal than it certainly does its job.Child are typically seen as having very little focus, but completely intent on the job at hand. It may also be an example of the OCD of the narrator, or possibly the brilliance of him to hold one thing in his mind until all possibilities of thought are totally exhausted.