Transcript of Quarter 3 IRP- Looking for Alaska
John Green Looking for Alaska Summary Paraphrase Character Analysis Simile Pudge is a nerdy sixteen year old who has an interest in the last words of famous people. His innocence decreases when he attends Culver Creek and begins to smoke and drink. He grows affection towards Alaska and once she dies, his motivation grows when trying solve the mystery of Alaska's death. "Hot enough that your clothes stuck to you like Scotch tape, and sweat dripped like tears from your forehead into your eyes" (Green 6). 2005 Pudge is the new kid at Culver Creek Preparatory School. Throughout his first year attending the school he gets into trouble with his friends, Colonel and Alaska, by pulling pranks and smoking. Pudge and Colonel search for answers about life and death when Alaska dies in a car accident. Favorite Direct Quote "What is the nature of being a person? What is the best way to go about being a person? How did we come to be, and what will become of us when we are no longer? In short: What are the rules of this game, and how might we best play it?" (Green 32). There are many questions we cannot answer ourselves without turning to religion or another belief. Once we are able to answer them, we live the life we are best capable of. We are then able to accept the way things are, understanding the reasonings behind them. Evaluation of the Novel Looking for Alaska is a novel that I will speak very highly of. It contains the perfect amount of humor, tragedy, romance, and excitement. The novel involves psychological concepts that will stay with you even after your done reading it. John Green focused on realistic events that occurred in a short time leaving it impossible to put the book down. The emotions involved in the book will make you feel as if you are one of the characters. Metaphor "You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present" (Green 54). This quote is a metaphor because it is comparing a labyrinth to life. This quote is a simile because crying is compared to sweating and clothes being stuck to you because of sweat is compared to Scotch tape. Imagery "We came to a rickety wooden bridge-just thick plywood laid over a concrete foundation-over Culver Creek, the winding rivulet that doubled back over and over again through the outskirts of campus. On the far side of the bridge, there was a tiny path so much as a series of hints-a broken branch here, a patch of stomped down grass there-that people had come this way before. As we walked down single file, Alaska, the Colonel, and Takumi each held back a thick maple branch for one another, passing it along until I, last in line, let it snap back into place behind me. And there, beneath the bridge, an oasis. A slab of concrete, three feet wide and teen feet long, with blue plastic chairs stolen long ago from some classroom. Cooled by the creek and the shade of the bridge, I felt unhot for the first time in weeks" (Green 42). This passage uses imagery because it is vividly describing the smoking hole. Mood "For a moment, everyone in the gym was silent, and the place had never been so quiet, not even in the moments before the Colonel ridiculed opponents at the free-throw stripe. I stared down at the back of the Colonel's head. I just stared, looking at his thick and bushy hair. 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. Full transcript
I thought: It's all my fault.
I thought: I don't feel very good.
I thought: I'm going to throw up" (Green139). This quote is an example of mood because once Alaska's death was announced to the students you can feel the sadness as if you were in the room. Dialect "'Kay, my turn,' said. Lara. 'Eet's easy. They day I came here. I knew Engleesh and my parents deedn't, and we came off the airplane and my relatives were here, aunts and uncles I had not ever seen, in the airport, and my parents were so happy. I was twelve, and I had always been the leetle baby, but that was the first day that my parents needed me and treated me like a grown-up. Because they did not know the language, right? They need me to order food and to translate tax and immigration forms and everytheeng else, and that was the day they stopped treating me like a keed. Also, in Romania, we were poor. And here, we're kinda reech.' She laughed" (Green 116). The passage contains use of dialect because Lara is from Romania and when she speaks English she emphasizes her "i" to an "ee" Plot "The eagle looked down and bit his lower lip. "Last night, Alaska Young was in a terrible accident." His tears came faster, then. "And she was killed. Alaska has passed away'" (Green 139). This quote is the plot of Looking for Alaska because everything lead up to her death and the actions of the other characters after she died was for her and because of Alaska's death.