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Turtles All the Way Down

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Meiling Fan

on 26 January 2018

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Transcript of Turtles All the Way Down

Plot and Major Conflicts
This story is about Aza's life dealing with OCD. It goes through her struggles and problems with OCD. Meanwhile, one of Aza's childhood friends, Davis, has a crisis she gets involved in. Davis and his family are very rich and one day his father goes missing, suspected to be fleeing from the cops for secret illegal activity. There is a very high reward price for finding him and Aza and her best friend Daisy try to find him, to help Davis and get the reward money.
Figurative Language
Metaphors-“I wanted to tell her that I was getting better, because that was supposed to be the narrative of illness: It was a hurdle you jumped over, or a battle you won. Illness is a story told in the past tense." page 85

Similes-“Dr. Karen Singh liked to say that a unwanted thought was like a car driving past you when you're standing on on the side of the road, and I told myself I didn't have to get into that car, that my moment of choice was not whether to have the thought, but whether to be carried away by it.
And then I got in the car.” page 251

Imagery- "I felt my stomach begin to work on the sandwich, even over everyone talking, I could hear it digesting, all the bacteria chewing on the slime of peanut butter- the students inside of me eating at my internal cafeteria." page 3

"After a while, I heard my name and snapped into my body, seated at Applebee's, my back against the green vinyl cushion, the smell of fried food, the din of conversation pressing in from all around me." page 97

"The Pickett estate wasn't in a nice neighborhood, exactly, but it was so gigantic that it functioned as a neighborhood unto itself." page 99

"American High Schools resemble jail, they both are undefined and overcrowded." page 11
-Don't let illness define you- Page 285 "I know that
girl would go on, that she would grow up, have children and love them, that despite loving them she would get too sick to care for them, be hospitalized, get better, and then get sick again."
-Learning to accept yourself- Page 280 "I would
always be like this, always have this within me. There was no beating it. I would never slay the dragon because the dragon was also me. My self and the disease were knotted together for life."
-Don't let money control you- Page 179 "Can you
imagine, that whole estate is going to a lizard? They could've waited seven years,at least, before Pickett was declared dead-seven more years of that house, seven more years of getting everything they wanted-but they'd decided to let it go to a tuatara."
Point of View
-Allows reader to understand what Aza is thinking

"I washed my hands, put on a new Band-Aid, but now I was being pulled all the way down. I opened the medicine cabinet quietly. Took out the aloe-scented hand sanitizer. I took a gulp, then another. Felt dizzy. You can't do this. This is pure alcohol." page 210
Aza (dynamic Character, protagonist and antagonist)-
“I knew how disgusting I was. I knew. I knew now for sure. I wasn't possessed by a demon. I was the demon.” page 229

Davis (dynamic Character)-
"I think about her all the time. My stomach flips when I see her. But is it love, or just something we don’t have a word for?” Page 58

Daisy (flat character)
"I want to be buried next to you. we'll have a shared tombstone. It'll read, 'Aza and Daisy." page 238

Turtles All the Way Down
By John Green

Main Conflicts:

1.) Aza's Struggle to deal with her OCD:
“But for some people, the invasive can kind of take over, crowding out all the other thoughts until it's the only one you're able to have, the thought you're perpetually either thinking or distracting yourself from.” page 45

2.) The search for Davis's father and Davis's struggle to come to terms with what has happened to his family and his old life.
“Nobody gets anybody else, or me, not really. We're all stuck inside ourselves.” page 244

Tone and Mood
Strengths and Weaknesses
Broader Significance
-John Green has OCD
-You are not alone
-Ignorance against mental illness
-People with mental illness are more than their illness
-Shows people into the mind of someone struggling with illness
Iron Man action figure- Page 147 "I guess
at some point, you realize that whoever takes care of you is just a person, and that they have no superpowers and can't actually protect you from getting hurt. Which is one thing. But Noah is starting to understand that maybe the person he thought was a superhero turns out sort of to be the villain."
Stars- Page 284 "I realized something Davis
must have already known: Spirals grow infinitely small the farther you follow them inward, but they also grow infinitely large the farther you follow them out."
Sprirals- Page 150 "When my thoughts spiraled, I
was in the spiral, and of it. And I wanted to tell him that the idea of being in a feeling gave language to something I couldn't describe before, created a form for it, but I couldn't figure out how to say any of that out loud."
Tone: lighthearted, cautious

Mood: anxious, understanding, thoughtful

"Took off the Band-Aid, applied more hand sanitizer. it stung less this time. Maybe that means they're mostly dead. Or maybe it means they're in too deep already, that they've gotten through the skin into the blood." page 131
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