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Looking for Alaska

an awesome book

Emily Mootz

on 12 April 2013

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Transcript of Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska written by:
John Green Point Of View First Person interesting... Importance Importance Importance Imagery Symbolism Simile Importance Similes Figurative Language:
Similes "It was wrinkled like an old woman who'd spent her youth sunbathing." (Green, p. 34) "But for now, at least I knew such people, and they needed me, just like comets need tails." (Green, p.49) The way Green uses similes is key to the overall success to this novel because it creates vivid sensory details for the reader. The three examples I grabbed from the story help connect the reader to what Pudge was explaining through either a visual or a perception simile. By doing this, Green is also expanding the reader's knowledge of the narrator and how he views these situations. "... 'she looks at her white flower, and 'Oh God my mom liked white flowers and put them in my hair when I was little,' and then she flips out. She comes back into her room and starts screaming at us that she forgot–forgot about her mom, of course'..." (Green, p. 211) This specific symbol had an incredible emotional connection to the reader and was also played an important role to the overall message of the story. The white flower was brought up continuously throughout the story but it never showed any significance until after Alaska died. Once Pudge figured out the importance of the flowers, it was the final piece to help Alaska's friends come to terms with her tragically unexpected death. "I woke up early the next morning, my lips dry and my breath visible in the crisp air. Takumi had brought a camp stove in his backpack, and the Colonel was huddled over it, heating instant coffee. The sun shone bright but could not combat the cold, and I sat with the Colonel and sipped the coffee ("The thing about instant coffee is that it smells pretty good but taste like stomach bile," the Colonel said), and then one by one, Takumi and Lara and Alaska woke up, and we spent the day hiding out, but loudly. Hiding out loud." (Green, p. 111-112 The way that Green uses imagery is absolutely brilliant. Green managed to pull off every sensory detail within small paragraphs, and by doing this, Green creates an extremely vivid scene. As a reader, it added so much to the story to have the chance to feel like I was in it. In almost every scene, Green perfectly portrayed the image he was creating and by doing that the readers got to use their senses to be apart of his story, which overall made this novel successful. "A woman so strong she burns heaven and drenches hell. Alaska would have liked this Rabe'a woman. I wrote in my notebook. But even so, the afterlife mattered to me. Heaven and hell and reincarnation. As much as I wanted to know how Alaska had died, I wanted to know where she was now, if anywhere. I liked to imagine her looking down on us, still aware of us, but it seemed like a fantasy, and I never really felt it–just as the Colonel had said at the funeral that she wasn't there, wasn't anywhere. I couldn't honestly imagine her as anything but dead, her body rotting in Vine Station, the rest of her just a ghost alive only in our remembering. Like Rabe'a, I didn't think people should believe in God because of heaven and hell. But I didn't feel a need to run around with a torch. You can't burn down a made-up place." (Green, p. 174) The story, as well as being in first person, is also split into two sections; before and after Alaska's accident. Each of Pudge's entries are labeled "forty-five days before" or "three days after". This style of story telling could only be told through a first person narrative. The first person point of view opened up the main character's mind making the story much more personal and relatable to the reader. I picked this passage because it had an intriguing view, basically the paragraph showed a philosophical view point from a college boy. Essentially, the Pudge was pondering the meaning of life, which was a powerful contribution to the overall concept of the story. Honestly, this couldn't received in any other method of point of view. "I was running like an injured gazelle trying to evade a pride of lions." (Green, p. 107) Summary -Miles goes to college and gets the nickname "Pudge" because he is so skinny.
-Makes four best friends; Alaska (secret love), Colonel (roommate), Takumi, and Lara (brief girlfriend)
-Lusts after Alaska, who has a boyfriend named Jake. Still flirts with Pudge.
-Alaska is extremely moody all the time, no one really knows why. She also loves to pull pranks on the Weekend Warriors (rich kids at the school).
-Alaska got her abundance of books completely destroyed by them, makes her extremely angry.
-Colonel, Alaska, Pudge, and Takumi put coloring in their hair gel as revenge.
-Plan a master prank on the Eagle (school director).
-Alaska confesses her mother's death, and how she thought that it was her fault and about how her father hates her now.
-Shows contradicting symptoms of depression.
-Makes out with Pudge one night, then wakes them up, freaks out (extremely drunk), and drives away
-Crashes head on into a cop car and dies
-Friends are in despair trying to figure out why and how she died
-Found out that she forgot about her mother's death
-Made a final prank for her name
-Pudge then had a philosophical epiphany about his thoughts on death and the meaning of life.
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