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Transcript of PAPER TOWNS


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Q and Margo are now seniors in high school. Q is secretly in love with Margo but they grew apart since that incident when they were nine. Margo shows up in Q’s bedroom window like she used to do when they were nine. She asks for Q’s help to get revenge on the people that hurt her. They got revenge on Margo’s ex-boyfriend, Jase, who she caught cheating on her with her best friend, Becca. Then Lacey, also Margo’s friend. Margo felt like Lacey has never been a real friend to her and she felt like she is mocking and insulting her. They also visited Karin, the girl who informed Margo that Jase was cheating on her.
After Margo’s revenge, they went to a building and Margo described their town, Orlando, as a paper town. Paper towns are basically fake towns. They are usually copyright trap towns or unbuilt subdivisions that exist only in maps. Margo also said that everything is much uglier close up.

Margo asks Q to stay with her in New York. At the time, they both knew they were headed in different directions. They both decide to go their separate ways but also promised to keep in touch.
a literary analysis by Charlene Alibudbud
Author : John Green
John Michael Green is an American author of young adult fiction and a YouTube vlogger. He is also a #1 Best Selling author on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Green grew up in Orlando, Florida, before attending Indian Springs School, a boarding and day school outside of Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Kenyon College in 2000 with a double major in English and Religious Studies.

Green lived for several years in Chicago, where he worked for the book review journal Booklist as a publishing assistant and production editor while writing Looking for Alaska. While there, he reviewed hundreds of books, particularly literary fiction and books about Islam or conjoined twins. He has also critiqued books for the New York Times Book Review and written for National Public Radio's All Things Considered and WBEZ, Chicago's public radio station. He lived in New York City for two years while his wife attended graduate school.

Green currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, Sarah, his son Henry, and his dog, a West Highland Terrier, named Willy (full name Fireball Wilson Roberts).
Source: http://www.litlovers.com/reading-guides/15-young-adult-fiction/8711-fault-in-our-stars-green?start=1

Like the authors we discussed in class, Ernest Hemingway and Langston Hughes, John Green’s novels use a lot of real life experiences. He writes about his experiences in Florida where he grew up and in Alabama where he went to boarding school through the characters in his novels.
The novel takes place in a subdivision called Jefferson Park in Orlando, Florida. The story begins when Quentin retells the story of him and Margo when they were nine and flashes forward to when they are seniors in high school. In the story, Margo describes Orlando as a "paper town" as in fake and "not even hard enough to be made of plastic." The story ends in a paper town in New York called Agloe.

Quentin “Q” Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman were 9 years old. They went to the park and saw the corpse of Robert Joyner. Here, nine-year-old Margo said “Maybe the strings inside him broke,” to explain why the man shot himself.
Rising Action
After that night, Margo mysteriously disappeared. Everyone was used to Margo not showing up at school that no one really became worried (she ran away five times already). But when she’s been missing for about three days already, Q started to get worried and tried to find her.

While trying to find Margo, Q and his friends, Radar and Ben found clues they believe Margo left for Q. She has been known to leave weird clues whenever she runs away. Q then spent most of the remaining days of his high school life finding clues that may lead him to Margo and visiting pseudosubdivisions (abandoned subdivision projects) around Florida in hopes that Margo might be there. By then, he was already thinking she may be dead.

Eventually, Q discovered that Margo has been hiding in a paper town in New York. Q, Ben, Radar and Lacey then skipped graduation ceremony to drive to New York and search for her. They went on an adventure and all night and rushed just to get there on time and catch Margo before she leaves to another town.
Falling Action
After almost a day of nonstop driving to get to New York, they did find Margo in an old dilapidated barn. Unfortunately, like Mrs. Mallard in Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour, Margo did not react the way they expected her to. She apparently did not want to be found.

Q and Margo then had a fight so Ben, Radar and Lacey went to a motel to let Q and Margo talk and settle their differences.

Q's parents
They are psychologists. They believe that they have done a good job on raising Q. They are static characters.
Margo's parents
They got tired of Margo's run away schemes and they gave up on her.
Robert Joyner
The man Q and Margo found dead and hanging from a tree when they were 9. He was believed to have committed suicide because of his divorce.
The girl Jase cheated with. She is a static character because she was as fake and stupid from beginning till end.
He was Margo's boyfriend but Margo found out that he is cheating on her with one of her best friends. He is a dynamic character because although he was a jerk at the beginning of the story, he changed and asked forgiveness from most of the people he hurt.
Chuck Parson
One of the high school bullies. He is a dynamic character because he learns to become a better person.
Quentin "Q" Jacobsen
He is the protagonist. A dynamic character. He is in love with Margo. Looking for Margo will changed his life and made him see things more clearly and wisely.

Margo Roth Spiegelman
A dynamic character in a way that the way you see her changes as you read the story. Static in a way because you would realize that the way you saw her from the beginning isn't exactly how she is, Q's character and the way he describes Margo only makes you think that way. She girl Q is in love with. She thinks Orlando is a paper town and she is a paper girl. She runs away from home to live in Agloe, a pseudosubdivision in New York.
Ben Starling
He is a static character. From start till end, he was Q's loyal best friend. All he wanted was to get his perfect prom date and perfect prom night which he does get in the story. He helps Q find Margo.
Marcus "Radar" Lincoln
Static character. He is also one of Q's best friends. He is the founder and editor of the website Omnictionary--an online dictionary much like urban dictionary. He also helps Q find Margo.
Lacey Pemberton
Dynamic character. In the beginning, she is one of the famous girls in their school and one of Margo's bestfriends. She is one of the people Margo visited to get her revenge on with the help of Q. As the story goes on, Lacey proves to be a good person and helps Q, Ben and Radar find Margo.
Human vs. Human
a. Margo vs. The Three People She Got Revenge On – Margo felt like these people have hurt her (Jase, Becca, and Lacey) and she went to seek her revenge on them with the help of Q. Her conflict with Lacey was resolved in the story when they found her in New York.

b. Margo vs. Her Parents – Her parents were fed up from Margo’s rebellious ways and her habit of disappearing. Their conflict was not resolved within the story.

c. Q vs. The Bullies – Like most stereotypical high school novels, there were bullies present in the characters of Jase and Chuck. Their issue with Q was later on resolved when they talked and apologized.

Human vs. Society
a. Margo vs. The Paper Towns – Margo has always thought of their town as a paper town. She thinks that everything and everyone in their town is fake and very easy to break. She tried to get away from this by running away from the paper town and never going back.

b. Q vs. Patterns – Q wanted to find Margo but he knew that he had to follow what is the normal obligation of a teen like him and that he can’t just run after Margo and drop everything. In the end, Q still broke the pattern and went after Margo, disregarding his other obligations to follow what he believes he has to do.

Human vs. Self
a. Margo vs. The Paper Towns – Margo has always thought of their town as a paper town. She thinks that everything and everyone in their town is fake and very easy to break. She tried to get away from this by running away from the paper town and never going back.

b. Q vs. Patterns – Q wanted to find Margo but he knew that he had to follow what is the normal obligation of a teen like him and that he can’t just run after Margo and drop everything. In the end, Q still broke the pattern and went after Margo, disregarding his other obligations to follow what he believes he has to do.

First Person Point-Of-View. The story was narrated using Quentin's point-of-view.

Like Langston Hughes in Salvation and the doctor in The Use of Force, I think it is very important that the story was told in the point-of-view of Quentin because it made us be one with him in his adventures and it added mystery to the novel.

Everything is uglier up-close. Not everything is as perfect as it seems.

Paper Towns – Fakeness. Weakness. Things may seem pretty and nice but they aren’t always as they seem.

Strings – Feelings. Emotions. These feelings inside us keep us together and when these strings break, so do we.

Grass – There roots are interdependent. Like people, no one is dead as long as someone is still alive. We support each other.

I agree with Terry Eagleton’s definition of literature. “Literature transforms and intensifies ordinary language, deviates systematically from everyday speech.” I think that literature is an art and it helps us view our lives more reflectively. Through literature, we appreciate the beauty of life and experiences. For me, literature has the power to change perspectives and bring out emotions through the use of words and I believe that John Green’s Paper Towns made me a more knowledgeable person and because of that, I consider it literature.
I was quite disappointed with Paper Towns because before reading this book, I read Looking for Alaska, another book by John Green. For me, these two books almost had a similar story—nerdy guy falling for the pretty, smart and seemingly unattainable girl. Both books had the neurotic geeky guys looking for the girl who turns out to not be so perfect after all and have a deep secret and flaw. What I like about these books though is that John Green seems to make me the readers feel like they know what would happen—meaning, the cliché happy-ever-after-ending. But in the end, the way the stories ended up still surprised me.
Like the other stories we discussed in class like Conscience by Italo Calvino and A very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Marquez, Paper Towns by John Green was also seemingly set in a place very familiar to him, the place where he used to live and grow up in.
Although there wasn't exactly a flashback in A.S. Byatt's The Story of the Eldest Princess, I could say we were also part of the princesses' childhood like we somehow witnessed a bit of the childhood Q and Margo shared in Paper Town.
This part where Margo describes Orlando as a paper town reminds me of The Story of the Eldest Princess. In both stories, I was able to see the god and the bad of society and our environment--how it affects us as humans.
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