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Paper Towns Theme Analysis-packardc

Lit Circle Book Analysis
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Cocheta Packard

on 8 May 2014

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Transcript of Paper Towns Theme Analysis-packardc

"Paper Towns" Theme: People change all the time. Don't persevere a person as who they used to be.
At the beginning of the book, Margo and Quentin (Q) get closer because of the 11-part adventure. As they are on their adventure Q gets more attached to Margo and does things he usually doesn't do. " 'We can't break into SeaWorld' " (67). He does not yet realize the theme at this point in the book.
Throughout the book, Quentin starts to get more and more attached to Margo. In the back of Quentin's mind he keeps thinking of Margo as who she was when she was younger. " 'Who is Margo Roth Spiegelman?' Like a metaphor rendered incomprehensible by its ubiquity, there was room enough is what she had left me for endless imaginings, for an infinite set of Margo's" (173). Quentin couldn't decipher who Margo was, but kept thinking about who she was when she was younger.
Throughout the book Quentin kept thinking of Margo as she was when she was little.
The protagonist in Paper Towns realizes the theme of the novel because Quentin sees that he shouldn't think of Margo as she used to be.
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The conflicts that Quentin faces change his point of view on who Margo is. By the end of the book he fully understands the theme.
By the end of the book, Quentin has been affected so much by the conflicts he faced in the novel, that he changes who he think Margo is. . "...You're mad at this idea of me you keep inside your brain from when we were little!" (285). Quentin no longer keeps the idea of Margo when she was little and now knows who the real Margo is. He has fully embraced the message the novel is trying to impose upon its reader.
CONFLICT
The conflicts in the story directly relate to the theme because the conflicts create situations in which the characters are forced to make decisions. Through those decisions, the characters learn lessons.
Quentin's major conflict is an external conflict (man vs. man) with Margo, who has left with no reasoning which Q dislikes. This conflict comes to a head with a verbal battle between the two. "How could I have warned you when you completely dropped off the face of the planet?!" (284). This is the final verbal battle before Quentin realizes that Margo is not the same Margo she used to be.
Quentin's internal conflict starts when he decides to help Margo or not. He argues with himself to go or not on the 11-part adventure. "But in the time she was gone, I'd start to waffle again" (28). Q even argues with himself to find Margo or not. "Margo left often enough that there weren't any Find Margo rallies at school or any thing, but we all felt her absence" (94). Quentin still doesn't realize who Margo is by this point in the book.
Because of the conflicts he faces, Q changes his view about Margo. These two elements are relative because as Q struggles with his internal conflict, then he changes his view about Margo.
Because of the internal conflict he faces, Quentin takes on the external (man vs. man) conflict.
Because Quentin changes his point of view on Margo, he is able to come to the realization that is the theme of the novel.
Quentin's story begins with a really boring setting. The setting then builds up when Margo goes to Quentin's window. Then they go on the 11-part adventure. "We were driving down a blessedly empty I-4, and I was following Margo's directions" (36). Because Margo and Quentin were driving it made what happen different than if they were just at home.
It is when Quentin finds Margo in Agloe that he realizes who Margo is and that the whole time he was thinking of her as who she was when she was younger. "...You're mad at this idea of me you keep inside your brain from when we were little!" (285). At this point in the book Quentin realizes he didn't know the real Margo. Margo helps him finally realize that, when he finds her in Agloe.
He has this final conflict because he is so determined to get his years back. This determination comes out of his realization of the theme.
The setting at the beginning of the story is Quentin's excuse for still not know who Margo was and why he still didn't know who she was.
Quentin's not know who Margo was and being so attached to her lead him to trying to find Margo.
If Q had never gone with Margo, he would have avoided that conflict altogether.
The place (Quentin: Orlando) (Margo: All over the U.S) has a big part in the theme because they wouldn't have done the things they did to find Margo.
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Quentin's setting changes throughout
the book creates different conflicts.
The settings allows Quentin to realize who Margo was and who she is now. And to think of Margo for who she is now and not for who she was.
In the middle of the book Quentin thinks that Margo left him clues for him to find her. "...I saw a tiny piece of paper-about the size of my thumbnail-flutter down from the door's top hinge. Typical Margo. Why hind something in her own room when she could hit it in mine?" (134). Which ends up with Quentin going to all different places and going through all sorts of extremes just to find Margo. This creates all sorts of conflicts between many different characters in the book. At this point in the book Q still doesn't know the real Margo.
Since Q was trying to find Margo, he ending up in Agloe.
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