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Looking For Alaska

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Kayla Kelly

on 9 April 2014

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Transcript of Looking For Alaska

By John Green
Looking For Alaska
An iceberg reminds me of Alaska. When you see one, you only notice the part that is sticking out from the ocean. When you look at Alaska, you only see her beautiful looks, you don't see all the baggage and flaws she is hiding under her skin, just how an iceberg hides most of it's self under water.
One night Alaska decided to open up her heart to Miles about her and her parents relationship. She tells us how her mother passed away from an aneurysm. Her father blames her for not being able to save her mother's life. She blames herself as well, knowing she was capable to call 911 at 8 years old but was too afraid and shocked that she didn't. Alaska lives everyday knowing it is her fault her mother isn't alive still and that her dad doesn't talk to her because of it. This is the reason behind her random, mental breakdowns.
So why is Alaska wanting to end her life so early?
"She was lying on the floor, holding her head and jerking. And I freaked out. I should have called 911, but i just started screaming and crying until finally she stopped jerking, and I thought she had fallen asleep and that whatever had hurt didn't hurt anymore. So I just sat there on the floor with her until my dad got home an hour later, and he's screaming, 'Why didn't you call 911?' and trying to give her CPR, but by then she was plenty dead. Aneurysm. Worst day" (page 119).
Although Alaska seems like the happiest person at Culver Creek, she is most likely one of the more depressed students that attend. Randomly through out the text Alaska will break down and go back to her dorm room. She will be upset and crying and no one will know what's the matter. She is always responding with depressing lines while no one truly knows the real reason she isn't happy with her life. Her goal is to escape the labyrinth and end the suffering of being stuck inside it. She frequently asks people she meets, "How do you get out of the labyrinth of suffering?"
Alaska's Other Side
"She smiled with all the delight of a kid on Christmas morning and said, "Y'all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die" (page 44).
Alaska said this to Miles when he asked her why she smokes cigarettes so fast.

"What you must understand about me is that I am a deeply unhappy person" (page 124). Alaska says this to Miles when he tells her she shouldn't drink so much.
Although Alaska is a mischievous and depressing character, there is something about her that still makes Miles fall completely in love with her besides her gorgeous looks. I believe that it's all in the title. He is looking for the real Alaska, deep down, dying to know why she is the way she is.
Alaska Young
"Just like that. From a hundred miles an hour to asleep in a nanosecond. I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not f***, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together, in the most innocent sense of the phase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane" (page 88).
Alaska is very mischievous. When she is not reading she is coming up with prank after prank. Constantly pulling pranks on other students and the school it's self is what she lives for. The planning of the pranks and the laughs that come after is what keeps her mind from thinking negatively and her happy state going strong. She doesn't always tell her friends what she is up to. She enjoys keeping secrets and watching them trying to figure out what she is going to do next, along with getting away with pranks that no one can figure out who did them. This helps her to hide who she really is deep down and keeps people from really getting to know her.
The 1st side of Alaska
“Sometimes I don't get you," I said.
She didn't even glance at me. She just smiled toward the television and said, "You never get me. That's the whole point" (page 54).

By: Kayla Kelly
Mrs. Lynch, Period 3
Miles says this to Alaska right in the beginning of the book. Right away he knows there is something different about her and is wanting to know her more and the reasoning behind the things she does.
"Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war" (page 56).
Alaska says this statement right after "The Eagle" caught her in one of her pranks.
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