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Looking for Alaska

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Transcript of Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska
by John Green

Theme
The meaning of life
Favorite Passage
Setting
Looking for Alaska takes place in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama, at Culver Creek Preparatory High School. It begins in the heat of August. A good amount of the story takes place in Pudge and the Colonel's dorm room. Another setting within the story is the smoking hole and also Alaska's dorm room.
Summary
Looking for Alaska
begins when Miles Halter decides to go to Culver Creek Preparatory High School in Alabama to seek the "Great Perhaps." While there he becomes best friends with Chip Martin, or the Colonel, and falls in love with Alaska Young. They all enjoy life at Culver Creek and have fun pulling pranks until one night when Alaska dies in a car accident. Everyone is devastated, especially Pudge and the Colonel. After trying to recover from Alaska's death , they search to find out the reason she died and how to escape the labyrinth of suffering.
Protagonist
Miles "Pudge" Halter
Antagonist
The death of Alaska Young
Pudge falls in love with Alaska Young.
He searches to figure out the reason that Alaska died.
Pudge decides to leave his boring life in Florida to go to boarding school in Alabama, seeking the "Great Perhaps," as Francois Rabelais' last words, "I go to seek a Great Perhaps," say.
"'So this guy,' I said, standing in the doorway of the living room. "Francois Rabelais. He was this poet. And his last words were 'I go to seek a Great Perhaps.' That's why I'm going. So I don't have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps.'"
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Looking for Alaska
, pg. 5
"'Last night , Alaska Young was in a terrible accident.'... 'And she was killed. Alaska has passed away.' For a moment, everyone in the gym was silent, and the place had never been so quiet... For a moment, it was so quiet that you could hear the sound of not-breathing, the vacuum created by 190 students shocked out of air."
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Looking for Alaska
, pg. 139
Alaska Young was a very well-loved person among the students and faculty of Culver Creek, and her death leaves many mourning, especially her group of friends: Pudge, the Colonel, Takumi, and Lara.
Alaska dies in a car accident on the way to put flowers on her mother's grave late one night. She was not in an acceptable state to drive; she was mad that she had forgotten the anniversary of her mother's death and was extremely drunk.
The death of Alaska drives Pudge and the Colonel to search and find out why she died--if it was suicide or an accident, since she hit a wrecked diesel head-on without swerving. It also leads them to ask themselves many questions concerning life.
Alaska dies in a car accident.
Pudge is a tall, skinny 17-year-old who is obsessed with last words
Pudge has a going away party and only 2 people show up
Pudge arrives at Culver Creek
"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."
-
Looking for Alaska
, pg. 221
I chose this passage as my favorite because of its beauty and also because it captures the essence of the whole book. It comments on a question that everyone seeks the answer: "What happens after we die?" and is a resolution to end the book wonderfully.
Pudge meets the Colonel and is later introduced to Alaska
The Colonel and Alaska smoke cigarettes with Pudge, and Pudge soon falls in love with her.
Pudge stays at school with Alaska during Thanksgiving break
Pudge, the Colonel, Alaska, and their friends Takumi and Lara camp out in a barn on campus for a weekend.
Alaska dies.
Everyone mourns Alaska's death, and the Colonel and Pudge try to find out the reason for it.
Pudge, the Colonel, Takumi, and Lara pull the ultimate prank in honor of Alaska.
Pudge and the Colonel's Room
no air conditioning
bunk beds
a trunk with "coffee table" written in duct tape on top
mini fridge
Play Station 2
The Smoking Hole
deep in the woods near a stream
place where Alaska, the Colonel, and Pudge go to smoke cigarettes
old, plastic chairs
Alaska's Room
no roommate
piles of books everywhere on bookshelves and the floor
A major theme of
Looking for Alaska
is the meaning of life. Pudge moves to Culver Creek to try and find his purpose in life, or the "Great Perhaps" (pg. 5). Alaska seeks to find out how to escape the "labyrinth" (pg. 19) Throughout the whole book, the characters seek to answer this question.
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