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Looking for Alaska

Miles "Pudge" Halter, the protagonist of Looking for Alaska by John Green, is obsessed with famous last words. He "collects" and memorizes the last words of celebrities, historical figures, and...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019, 7:34 pm (UTC)

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Looking for Alaska

The main idea in the novel is the search for meaning and purpose. While the characters are looking for different things, their journeys all end up revolving around identity. Alaska, the titular...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2019, 3:22 pm (UTC)

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Miles has taken a while to find out why Alaska has such a strange name. But in the flush of his B-plus average, which he credits to her tutoring, he finally plucks up the courage to ask. Alaska...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2020, 11:49 am (UTC)

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Looking for Alaska

"I go to seek a Great Perhaps" were the last words of Francois Rabelais, a French Renaissance writer and humanist. The narrator of Looking for Alaska, Miles, is fascinated by the last words of...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2016, 1:25 am (UTC)

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Looking for Alaska

John Green's style in Looking for Alaska is simple and direct. He doesn't waste words on flowery prose and metaphor, instead speaking directly to the reader as a reasonably-educated teen would. The...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2012, 9:23 pm (UTC)

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Looking for Alaska

Looking For Alaska is divided into two parts, Before and After. The "After" part of the book is triggered by the main event. The book begins with Miles deciding to go to boarding school in order...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016, 11:14 pm (UTC)

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One good example of symbolism is the notebooks that the main characters use to make their plans. Pudge, the Colonel, and Alaska are always writing in their notebooks; because they are living in the...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2012, 4:55 pm (UTC)

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This question is not actually answered in Looking for Alaska; it is left up to the reader to decide. However, there are ideas spread throughout the novel that can lead the reader to make up their...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2018, 7:53 pm (UTC)

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Looking for Alaska

As the novel opens, protagonist "Pudge" is preparing to leave home to attend a boarding school. He explains that his mother insisted on throwing a going-away party for him, even though he didn't...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2012, 9:13 pm (UTC)

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Looking for Alaska

John Greene's young adult novel, Looking for Alaska details the existential search for identity and meaning. Throughout the narrative, there is a crisis of personality with main characters such as...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2014, 6:09 pm (UTC)

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Looking for Alaska

Through John Green's novel, Looking for Alaska, it seems clear that Green's view on youth is meant to be realistic and supportive. This view is made clear through his characterization of the...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2019, 3:03 pm (UTC)

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One particular theme that is intriguing in the work is the embrace of doubt. Beginning with Miles' search for the Rabelais's concept of the "Great Perhaps," there is an embrace of the lack of...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2013, 5:29 am (UTC)

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Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska is generally defined as a young-adult novel, a book intended for those in their teens and early twenties. Some characteristics of this genre include: 1. First-person narration,...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2012, 9:38 pm (UTC)

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Thanksgiving is a particularly important occasion in Looking for Alaska in that it highlights certain features of Miles' changing relationship with Alaska and with his family. Drawing ever closer...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2019, 9:04 am (UTC)

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A quotation that demonstrates Alaska’s personality is when she tells Pudge that everyone has problems. Pudge is in love with Alaska, whom he thinks is hot, and fascinated with her. He notes her...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2013, 5:33 pm (UTC)

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Looking for Alaska

The novel Looking for Alaska is centered around a metaphorical search, which shifts throughout the novel. The phrase "looking for Alaska" refers to the search for identity, in many different senses...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2018, 2:57 am (UTC)

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Looking for Alaska

John Green was born in Indianapolis and has lived in many other states. He is both an author and a video-blogger, one of the most-viewed on YoutTube with his early show Vlogbrothers as well as...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2012, 9:56 pm (UTC)

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Looking for Alaska

Any number of traits could be identified and described for the protagonist of Looking for Alaska. Miles is introspective and a "thinker." His somewhat strange hobby/obsession with the last words of...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2010, 1:13 am (UTC)

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Alaska Young's primary leadership quality is her ability to inspire people and draw them into her circle. When she first meets Miles, she does not retreat into a realm of isolation. She...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2013, 6:05 am (UTC)

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