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What is the Great Perhaps in Looking for Alaska?

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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 more. When Miles decides to attend boarding school at Culver Creek Preparatory High School in Alabama, he quotes the last words of poet Francois Rabelais.

Francois Rabelais. He was a great poet. And his last words were "I go to the seek a Great Perhaps." That's why I'm going. So I don't have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps.

For Miles, the "Great Perhaps" is the concept of the unknown—a place beyond the "labyrinth" of restrictive everyday life. A place that is uncertain but could contain something wonderful.

At Culver Creek, Miles develops a complicated relationship with Alaska Young, a mysterious and beautiful classmate. The major conflict of the novel develops when Alaska dies unexpectedly in a car accident.

After Alaska's death, Miles's understanding of the "Great Perhaps"...

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