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Looking for Alaska
Transcript of Looking for Alaska
Looking for Alaska
Miles Halter, also known as Pudge, has never been an ordinary kid, when he changes schools and meets new people, he makes new choices about who he is. He has to decide where to drink certain drinks, smoke certain things, and hangout with certain people.Being a skinny boy, he isn't covered in muscle or fat. In the protagonist through life, he falls for the beautiful Alaska Young.
"I hated being careful, too-or wanted to, at least." (11).
Miles saying this shows that he wants to change himself from being to careful because he doesn't like that trait about him.
Alaska Young is a mysterious girl who is curvy, flirty, cleaver, and fascinating. Everyone either falls for her or hates her. As the antagonist, she wants what Miles has towards the end of the book because she will never be able to have anything again. Alaska has had a rough and tragic past and life.
"What you must understand about me is that I am a deeply unhappy person." (124). In this quote, it reveals that Alaska may have a personality that everyone else knows but on the inside she is unhappy.
"If people were rain, I was a drizzle and she was a hurricane" (88).
Pudge says this showing that he can see people like Alaska as more than normal, she is something more, like a hurricane. It shows he can notice traits about people easily.
“Ya’ll smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die.” (44).
Alaska says this showing that she has been smoking so much that it is past enjoying cigarettes, now it shows she can get addicted or attached to things.
Effects on Others
"I'm sorry. I know you loved her. It was hard not to.” (218).
Takumi says this to Miles about Alaska. Alaska effects almost every guy she meets, they either fall in love with her or they don't talk to
"My skinniness always surprised me; My thin arms didn't seem to get much bigger as they moved from my waist to shoulder, my chest lacked any hint of either fat or muscle and I felt embarrassed and wondered if something could be done about the mirror." (9).
“For a moment, she was quiet. Then she grabbed my hand, whispered, “Run run run run run,” and took off, pulling me behind her.” (21). Alaska telling Miles to run while holding his hand means that when she's in danger she runs at the sight of fear but would never leave a friend behind.
The quote shows that Miles is skinny and embarrassed about how thin he is. It revels that he is self cautious and cares what others think about him and how he looks.
"This is so fun, but I'm so sleepy. To be continued?" (131).
This is an example of situational irony because you expect something will happen but in fact it's the complete opposite. You would expect Pudge and Alaska to continue to kiss later the next day but in fact Pudge will never be able to kiss Alaska ever again.
Point of View
In the poem "The Past" by Charles Ruble, he explains that even though we forgive people, it doesn't mean that we forget about them. He says himself "Memories lost, somewhere in the back of your mind, Memories that never fade, Even with time."
The story was told in first person by Miles Halter. He tells the book by what he sees and what he hears. Everything we know in the story is from his perspective, all the events we learn are happening to him or are seen by him.
No matter how much you try to move on and forget, the first step you must take is to forgive. Miles learns that once he has forgiven Alaska and everyone for what has happened, then and only then he was truly happy.
Everybody has a painful past but the people who move on the ones who have forgiven. Pudge found the answer to getting out of the labyrinth when he realized that "The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive." (218).
"On Forgetting and Forgiving"
-Schrag, Robert. Seniorcorrespondent. The Single Hill Company. 2013. 19 Nov 2013. Web. 30 Nov 2013.
-Ruble, Charles. Poetry Soup. PoetrySoup. 2013. Web. 30 Nov 2013.
-Green, John. Looking for Alaska. New York City: Dutton Juvenille. March 2005.
The stories main conflict is Person VS Self, internal. Throughout the entire book, Pudge tries new things, like cigarettes and alcohol to see who he really is. Meeting new people showed his real personality and who he really is. Although he is in search for what happened to Alaska, between the lines you see a boy trying to forgive and seeing his life. The internal conflicts are mostly choices Pudge has to make; whether he want to help them pull off a prank and risk getting himself caught.
Through the book many allusions were used as allusions . Simon Bolivar's book The General in His Labyrinth was quotes when Miles learns it is one of Alaska's favorite books. The saying by Rabelais "I go to see a Great Perhaps" was used also.
The words were the last words that Rabelais every said. Many people like Benjamin Franklin, Henrik Ibsen, John F. Kennedy, and many more were used as well as their last words to show that Miles really does remember the last words of famous people.
Presented by: Monika Caffier
By: John Green
In the article it speaks of a man telling a story of an argument two people had. He used the saying "Forgive and Forget" showing that the only way you can try to forget something is to forgive first. Forgiving someone won't always happen at the first moment but over time they will realizes that the saying doesn't say "Forget and Forgive". Just like Miles, the man realizes that trying to forget something won't be easy and forgiveness is the way out of pain.
Additional conflict in the story includes when Alaska abruptly leaves in the middle of the night and end up dying in a car accident. This is an example of Person VS. Fate because no matter what happened she was meant to die here. But when Miles tries to solve the reason and understanding for why she dies is an example of Person VS. Self. The main reason Miles wants to find the reason for Alaska's death is to have her forgiveness and to get over the love he had for her.