Paper Towns Questions and Answers

John Green

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What personality traits characterize Margo?

Margo Roth Spiegelman could be considered the antagonist in Paper Towns, by John Green. She is not a villainess but she is at the center of the conflict. The protagonist, Quentin, is smitten with her and has been since childhood when Margo was his best friend. Margo is the “it” girl in school: she is beautiful, popular, and is part of the in-crowd.

But, there is a mysterious side to her that she conceals. She likes folk music and poetry, which she does not reveal because that would tarnish her image. Instead, she runs away, on occasion, to fulfill her adventurous side, a trait that is well known to her friends. Margo blames others for their misguided perception of her personality until she finally runs away and does not want to be found; she longs to find a place to call her own where she can allow her true personality to emerge.

What personality traits characterize Quentin?

The protagonist in John Greene’s novel, Paper Towns, Quentin Jacobsen, is known as “Q” to his friends. He narrates the story as the senior class prepares for their impending high school graduation which is one week away. Quentin is not part of the “it” crowd as he is considered to be a band geek; a nerd. He ruminates over things, while he longs to renew his friendship with the antagonist Margo Roth Spiegelman.

They were childhood friends but went their separate ways during their school years. Quentin has never stopped idolizing Margo. When she finally asks him to join her on a night of rabble-rousing he is more than willing to accompany her, but the next morning she is gone. Thus begins his quest to find her. Being the caring friend that he was, he felt that he was the only one who could save her until he realizes that the only one who can save her is herself.