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"People, I thought, wanted security. They couldn't bear the

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Transcript of "People, I thought, wanted security. They couldn't bear the

Analyzing Passages from Looking for Alaska
The Afterlife
"People, I thought, wanted security. They couldn't bear the idea of death being a big black nothing, couldn't bear the thought of their loved ones not existing, and couldn't even imagine themselves not existing. I finally decided that people believed in an afterlife because they couldn't bear not to." (100)
Explanation
This passage discusses an extremely interesting idea. Many people in the world have some kind of faith. This passage challenges their belief. Why do people have religion? Is it because they fear the afterlife? Or is it because they are truly devoted to their God(s) or attaining enlightenment? In this passage, Pudge makes extremely valid points about people's emotions. I know I personally can't imagine existing without my family after death, and this may be a motivating factor of my faith. This passage is fantastic because it challenges religion.
Diction, Syntax, and Tone
"Dunno. He was on when I got here twenty minutes ago. He must have skipped Smart Boy Math. Why, are you scared Jake's gonna drive down here and kick your ass for letting her go?" (184)
Analysis
The diction and syntax work together in this passage to make the tone very casual. Word's like "dunno" and "ass" both help to illustrate the fact that the protagonists are teenagers. And the fact that dunno is a one word sentence, and the last sentence is phrased to be very sarcastic, add to the concept of the protagonists being teenage boys in boarding school.
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