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What is the main topic of the novel Looking for Alaska?

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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 character, is looking for penance for the guilt she feels surrounding her mother’s death, and she eventually dies herself, mirroring her mother's arc.

Pudge, additionally, searches for meaning behind Alaska’s death and continues to dwell on his culpability in it. He is searching for answers while also trying to understand his purpose. Along the way, though, his questions are answered in a different way when he finds community and companionship that usurps the importance of his supposed great purpose in life. The characters want to understand themselves and search for meaning in this life, but they all find this meaning when and where they least expect it.

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This novel by John Green is primarily about the balance between taking responsibility for our actions and accepting the limitations of our...

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The main topic is finding the "Great perhaps" and the question that Alaska asks herself "how will i ever get out of this labyrinth" Pudge states in the beginning of the novel that he went to the college to wseek the "Great PErhaps" which is what we all want in our lives. WE all want to feel complete and find that one point in our life where everything makes sense. All the events that happen in the book connect to the fact that there is more to life than any one person can experience. WE never truly understand what happens to us and the people we have and WHY it happens; we just have to accept them, good or bad.