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Paper Towns Quotes

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Justin Andrade

on 28 February 2014

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Transcript of Paper Towns Quotes

Paper Towns Quotes
What it means...
What this quote means for the rest of the book is the secret underdog love that is Q and Margo. Q stares across the hall seeing Margo who seems to be the most perfect girl at school who apparently has everything in life and just the perfect live. Later in the book we find out things are not as they seem leading back the main theme of John Greens book of "Paper Towns."
Moving along the plot....
Margo and Q where in Q's car in the parking lot of Walmart when they started talking about their futures, The talk about college when Margo began rambling and says "Did you know that for pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement, There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for planning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future--you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.”
What happened to Margo?
Where did she go?
How does Margo Truly feel?
Throughout the Book Paper Towns author John Green uses specific dialog to show the thoughts and feelings of characters in the book.
Paper Town for a Paper girl
"Paper town for a paper girl,’ she says. ‘… The truth is that whenever I went up to the top of the SunTrust Building—including the last time with you— I didn’t really look down and think about how everything was made of paper. I looked down and thought about how I was made of paper. I was the flimsy-foldable person, not everyone else. And here’s the thing about it. People love the idea of a paper girl. They always have. And the worth this is that I loved it, too. I cultivated it, you know? Because it’s kind of great, being an idea that everybody likes. But I could never be the idea to myself, not all the way. And Algoe is a place where a paper creation became real. A dot on a map became a real place, more real than the people who created the dot could have ever imagines. I thought maybe the paper cutout girl could start become real here also. And it seemed like a way to tell that paper girl who cared about popularity and clothes and everything else".
What does this foreshadow?
The quotes from the book that move the plot along.
This quote foreshadows that Margo has been thinking an awful lot about her future. No teenager thinks like that unless they worry for the future and question about what they truly want to do. Margo tells Q this but Q isn't able to catch on until Margo runs away one of the last things that Margo tells Q is that she'll miss him this finally confuses him a little bit but its too late because the next day Margo runs away from the paper town.
Clear example of Q's love for Margo early on....
Ben begins this quote by explaining about how he cannot find a date to the "senior prom" "Ben started outlining plans for finding a date, but i was only half listening because through the thickening mass of humanity crowding the hallway, I could see Margo Roth Spiegelman. She was next to her locker, standing beside her boyfriend, Jase. She wore a white skirt to her knees and a blue print top. I could see her collarbone. She was laughing at something hysterical- her shoulders bent forward, her big eyes crinkling at their corners, her mouth open wide. But it didn't seem to be anything Jase had said, because she was looking away from him, across the hallway to a bank of lockers. I followed her eyes and saw Becca Arrington draped all over some baseball player like she was an ornament and he a christmas tree. I smiled at Margo, even though I knew she couldn't see me."
Where did Margo go?
John Green's use of different types of quotes moves along his book strongly and pushes the theme of "Paper Towns". His strong use of imagery puts the reader in the shoes of Q on his journey to find his long time friend Margo
Q was never able to know what Margo was going through, because Q never had the struggles with his parents like Margo did. Q has a sense of realization of how Margo had felt he says when they first see Margo in the building in "Paper Towns"; “When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.”
The following quote leads to imply that something happens to people when they break the limit their strings..... that's what happened to her; her strings broke. “I always thought of it like you said, that all the strings inside him broke. But there are a thousand ways to look at it: maybe the strings break, or maybe our ships sink, or maybe we’re grass—our roots so interdependent that no one is dead as long as someone is alive. We don’t suffer from a shortage of metaphors, is what I mean. But you have to be careful which metaphor you choose, because it matters. If you choose the strings, then you’re imagining a world in which you can become irreparably broken. If you choose the grass, you’re saying that we are all infinitely interconnected, that we can use these root systems not only to understand one another but to become one another. The metaphors have implications. Do you know what I mean?”
The very next day when Q was talking to his parents and an officer about Margo, his parents asked him if he would know where she went he honestly answers no. Q privatly talks to officer saying......"“Listen, kid. This is what happens: Somebody-girl usually-got a free spirit, doesn't get on too good with her parents. These kids, they're like tied-down helium balloons. They strain against the string and strain against it, and then something happens, and that string gets cut, and they just fly away. And maybe you never see the balloon again. It lands in Canada or somethin', gets work at a restaurant, and before the balloon even notices, it's been pouring coffee in that same dinner to the same sad bastards for thirty years. Or maybe three or four years from now or three or four days from now, the prevailing winds take the balloon back home, because it needs money, or it sobered up, or it misses its kid brother. But listen, kid, that string gets cut all the time."
"Yeah, bu-"
"I'm not finished, kid. The thing about these balloons is that there are so goddamned many of them. The sky is choked full of them, rubbing up against one another as they float to here or from there, and every one of those damned balloons ends up on my desk, one way or another, and after awhile a man can get discouraged. Everywhere the balloons, and each of them with a mother and father, or God forbid both, and after a while, you can't even see'em individually. You look up at all the balloons in the sky and you can see all of the balloons, but you cannot see any one balloon.”
This quote is important because the cop is telling Q that he may never see margo again because kids like her always run away from home and end up having the same cliche story, just to end up at some dead end waitressing job at a diner.
Q follows the clues from Margo to an abandoned mall where he finds written on the wall “YOU WILL GO TO THE PAPER TOWNS
AND YOU WILL NEVER COME BACK” . Q is baffled about where she could have gone. As later found out Margo did go to "Paper Towns". Though Q took this as a possible suicide note and that Margo was dead....
This is how Margo felt and this is where she went because it was the place for her to go in her hour of need.
This quote is important because it depicts Margo's feelings and tells about how "Strings break". The strings breaking are what cause people to take off or even commit suicide.
This quote is important because it talks about how sometimes for someone to get better things must get worse for instance for light to get through darkness, the walls must crack to allow for light to get in. In Margo's case she must run away for things to get better for her.
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