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Looking For Alaska by John Green
Transcript of Looking For Alaska by John Green
The intro begins with Miles discussing his favorite novel, "The Great Perhaps".
As the story moves on further in into the book, Alaska and Miles's relationship begins to get complicated at Alaska struggles to keep her deep dark secret. Alaska and Miles drift apart and Alaska and the Colonel (Chip) grow closer.
The drama buildup happens when the investigation of Alaska'a death in the mystery of what happened to her and in the discovery of what she might have been dealing with at the time.
I think the climatic scene happens the police officer is speaking to the group at the car crash scene and when he tries the identify the "last moments" of Alaska's life. Just as "last moments" are the principle theme of this novel.
Depressions begins to arise as an internal conflict with the Colonel and Pudge for the death of Alaska in their guilt. The Colonel and Pudge feel guilty for letting Alaska slip away. They both spend tons of time trying to figure out the reasons behind why Alaska would kill herself.
Both Pudge and the Colonel come to find that before Alaska's death, the day, her mother had died and that she had forgotten she was going to her mother's grave to place flowers on it.
In honor of Alaska, the Colonel and Pudge go through with a final prank. On the day when the class gets to pick a guest speaker for the school, (Speaker Day) On Speaker Day, they choose and hire a ... to do its job for everyone to see at Culver Creek during the assembly. At the end of the novel, Miles finds the true meaning to the Great Perhaps, that there is no end to the labyrinth of life.
Theme #2: Existence
This group of rebellious teens are fully aware of their existence, although as spirals begin downward, existence becomes more so into subsistence. They figure out their personal values in the world that in one reason strengthens their both friendly and enduring love for each other.
Point of View
This novel is written is first-person point of view of Miles. "In some ways it doesn't feel like I wrote from a capital-F female point of view you know, it feels like I wrote from Hazel's point of view," He stated on the audiobook of the Fault In Our Stars.
This flower to the right symbolizes that many things grow as one then and slowly began to fall apart
The suspense in this novel constantly reoccurs. The question that I began to ask myself, is who or when will Alaska and the other endure there final breaking point? Alaska eventually reaches her boiling point and leaves the others in the group in desperation.
In this novel, the imagery is spread out very thoroughly. Green uses thoughts of the characters and brings them to life. Thoughts throughout the story become minor parts, but later soon become major contributions and parts of the plot.
Theme #1: Mortality
The realization of death is very clear to a large percentage of mankind, although simple to put it: we are all going to die. Although for this group of teens, death becomes more and more real from the loss of their loved one. The theme of mortality is generally spread through the novel.
This novel takes place in a boarding school, Culver Creek Preparatory School, in Alabama, USA
English 8, Ms. Sofia
To this somewhat nerdish guy, Culver Creek was only once a memory. "The Colonel"
(Chip Martin) lives in small trailer with his beloved mother and does not attend school.
Chip lives with Miles as his roommate and also gives him his nickname
"Pudge". Chip debates on whether he likes Alaska just a Miles does.
"...Da*n Weekday Warriors. It was probably one of them that ratted out Paul and
Marya and then blamed me to cover their tracks. Anyways, it's a good night for
staying in. Staying in with Pudge and ambrosia." (Page 38)
Main Character: Chip “The Colonel” Martin
Main Character: Miles “Pudge” Halter
Strengths & Weaknesses:
I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO LIKE, EVERYONE. In all seriousness--this is an absolutely amazing novel and I...I love it. Enough said.
What I Personally Took From This Novel:
What I learned from this novel is that we only get one life, one chance, one time. This I already knew, although this book by John Green reassures this information. So many people are immensely unhappy with their selves, whether its their state of health, relationships, and the other endless things we complain about. It's almost as if some are NEVER COMPLETELY SATISFIED! With anything. Humans tend to want more and more until there's frankly, nothing left to give.
Alaska pulls a prank on the Weekday Warriors by hacking a computer and sending out progress reports out home to their parents, explaining of their students' failing status. Later on the day, Alaska shares with the group that she painfully witnessed her mother's death and that as a child she was too frightened to do many things outside of her comfort zone. Despite Alaska's taken status, Pudge and Alaska grow closer and Alaska tells Pudge that their relationship is ” To be continued?' Alaska begins to cry and leaves, although Pudge is too intoxicated to process.
In Miles's own hometown he struggles to find his place, with a feeling a displacement.
The poem “Great Perhaps” is discussed by Miles also playing a major part and theme
in this novel. As a somewhat awkward, geekish, and non-social teen, he turns into the
kid he had always dreamed
of as he meets his new friends at Culver Creek.
“It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn’t the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things.”
― John Green, Looking for Alaska
Main Character: Alaska Young
Main Character: Takumi Harihoto
Main Character: Lara Buterskaya
Miles becomes very strong and sensible as he blossoms into his new self. Miles changes into a different and better self than he every was.
As one of the novel's main characters, Miles has an odd fascination with famous people's last words.
Miles attend a boarding school named Culver Creek while looking for his personal "Great Perhaps". His friends at Culver Creek cleverly nickname Miles "Pudge". He crushes on Alaska Young who does not share the same feelings.
Strengths & Weaknesses:
Alaska, the young, fun, unforeseeable, attractive girl that captures Miles's heart. Alaska acts well in the presence of others, although suffers an ongoing battle with cigarette and alcohol dealing.
To the good-looking, clever, defiant girl Pudge instantly and hopelessly falls madly in love with, Takumi and the Colonel probably have crushes on her also. In Alaska's childhood, her mother unfortunately had a head aneurism caused by a seizure. Due to Alaska not rescuing her mother, she passed away. Alaska’s dad accused for the reason her mother died and Alaska has strongly regretted it for all of these years.
"You're adorable,' she said, and I felt the intensity of her eyes on me and looked away nervously. 'Too bad I love my boyfriend." (Page 42)
"Built like Adonis" and five feet tall, Chip is the roommate of Miles and the best friend of Alaska. From being the mastermind of unique and unheard of schemes, his nickname "The Colonel" was derived. His nickname, the colonel, comes from his being the strategic mastermind behind the schemes that Alaska come up with. Chip values honesty, trust, and respect particularly to his mother Dolores while still coming from a less fortunate past.
Strengths & Weaknesses:
Takumi is a especially skilled MC/hip-hop rapper, is a wide supporter and friend of Alaska and Chip, who also at times feels left out by his friends Chip, Miles, and Alaska's project. Out the group, Takumi is definitely to comical guy and talented rapper.
"'What is that?' 'It's my fox hat' 'Why do you have a fox hat?' 'Because nobody catches the fox." (Page 105)
Toward the end of the novel, Takumi supposedly felt forgotten by the Colonel and Pudge with them sharing much of the grief just for them. In confession to Pudge, Takumi admits that he was with Alaska before she died in the previous night. Apparently Alaska appeared very furious and hurried with forgetting the anniversary of her mother's death and Takumi tried to simmer Alaska down. He holds the regret of not stopping Alaska -- before she ended it all.
Strengths & Weaknesses:
Lara is an exchange student form Romania who soon becomes Pudge's girlfriend. Lara becomes Alaska's best friend and good friends for the remainder of the group. Forgetting her background, Lara finds a way to be taken into to the group and become very loyal to them. Lara shifts accordingly well into the group and to a new place as a Romanian immigrant. While being a friend of Alaska's she is also Mile's girlfriend, although not for long. Lara is comical, a bit childish, and she usually doesn't look toward the future for present reference .good friends with Alaska, funny, kind of immature, flirty, doesn't always see the big picture
"And then Lara stood up, and in her delicate, innocent accent cut Dr. William Morse off. 'You're so...! I weesh you'd shut up and..." (Page 208)
Lara shows the reader a different side of herself.
Last words of Francois Rabelais:
“So I know she forgives me, just as I forgive her. Thomas Edison’s last words were: ‘It’s very beautiful over there.’
I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.” (Page 221)