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Character Analysis of Margo Roth Spiegelman

A character analysis of Margo in the book "Paper Towns" by John Green.


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Transcript of Character Analysis of Margo Roth Spiegelman

Juxtapose, OR
Whitewall, CA
Margo Roth Spiegelman
A Road Trip and Character Analysis on Margo from "Paper Towns"
Orlando, FL

"Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe, she loved mysteries so much she became one herself" (Green 8).

Quotes Said about Margo
Quotes Said by Margo
Paper Towns/People
|| Green, John. Paper Towns. New York: Speak, 2009. Print.

Q's Window
Margo had become so obssesed with the concept of paper towns, places put into the works of cartographers for to protect their work, and "psuedovisions", neighborhoods that been planned for but never fully developed, that both had become the reasons she had left. Margo had also stated on that she was a "paper girl", which can be seen two ways. One of the ways this can be seen is her comparing to herself to this fake person that is only made to be real by others around her. The other way it can be seen is her actually being so paper thin and frail and easily tearing herself from all the other "paper people"
Quentin's, or Q's, window represents the time Margo had "exited" out of Q's and childhood. The next time she would crawl back through the window was when she had entered back into his life after so many years.
Quote #1
This quote describes Margo well because she does become a mystery when she vanishes. She also becomes a mystery because as Q investigates her disappearance, he finds that he does not really know the real Margo.
"I thought of my Margo, and Lacey's Margo, and Mrs. Spiegelman's Margo and all of us looking at her reflection in different fun house mirrors" (Green 214).

Quote #2
This quote shows how Margo becomes a different person depending on who she's around or who she's with. The second part describing the reflections shows how she may not have been her real self when she was around these people, but the person they would want to see.

"I guess the pleasure isn't being inside...it's planning [things] I guess. I don't know. Doing stuff never feels as good as you hope it feels" (Green 77).

Quote #1
The quote represents the trouble making side of Margo Roth Spiegelman. She is always scheming and plotting these crazy plans, but Margo also mentions that when she actually does carry out her plans, they aren't as fun as she thought they would've been.

"The truth is that whenever I went to the top of the SunTrust building, I didn't really look down and think about how everything was made of paper. I looked down and thought about how I was made of paper. I was the flimsy-foldable person, not everyone else. And here's the thing about it, people love the idea of a paper girl" (Green 293).

Quote #2
This last quote shows how Margo also feels like she can't be her real self around people. How a paper is not something real but a fake person. The quote also relates back to one of the themes of the book, how people see others how they would see themselves, although they might not even know it. Margo said that Orlando and its people are like paper, and she also saw herself as a paper girl
Margo is like a mirror because she is a reflection of what everyone else wants to see. She is not really herself when she is with others, even if it's her close friends or her family. She is merely the person everyone makes her out to be and wants to see.
The End! You've made it to Agloe!
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