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John Green's Looking for Alaska is a (deservedly) much-loved and much- awarded young adult novel, which, if you haven't read it, pertinent to. Miles Halter is the main character of the novel "Looking for Alaska" by John Green, published in He has a good relationship to his parents. between the swan and Alaska. Were you aware of this connection? Q: Do you plan on writing a sequel to Looking for Alaska? I don't plan on writing a Q: Was your intention to make Alaska fall in love with Miles? My intention was for it to.
The gang celebrates a series of pranks by drinking and partying, and an inebriated Alaska confides about her mother's death from an aneurysm when she was eight years old. Although she didn't understand at the time, she feels guilty for not calling Pudge figures that her mother's death made Alaska impulsive and rash.
He concludes that the labyrinth was a person's suffering and that humans must try to find their way out.
Afterwards, Pudge grows closer to Lara, and they start dating. A week later, after another 'celebration', an intoxicated Alaska and Pudge spend the night in each other's presence, when suddenly Alaska receives a phone call which causes her to go into hysterics. Insisting that she has to leave, Alaska drives away while drunk with Pudge and the Colonel distracting Mr.
They later learn that Alaska has crashed her car and died. The Colonel and Pudge are devastated and blame themselves, wondering about her reasons for undertaking the urgent drive and even contemplating that she might have deliberately killed herself. The Colonel insists on questioning Jake, her boyfriend, but Pudge refuses, fearing that he might learn that Alaska never loved him.
They argue and the Colonel accuses Pudge of only loving an idealized Alaska that Pudge made up in his head. Pudge realizes the truth of this and reconciles with the Colonel. The whole school finds it hilarious; Mr. Starnes even acknowledges how clever it was. Pudge finds Alaska's copy of The General in His Labyrinth with the labyrinth quote underlined and notices the words "straight and fast" written in the margins.
He remembers Alaska died on the morning after the anniversary of her mother's death and concludes that Alaska felt guilty for not visiting her mother's grave and, in her rush, might have been trying to reach the cemetery. On the last day of school, Takumi confesses in a note that he was the last person to see Alaska, and he let her go as well. Pudge realizes that letting her go doesn't matter as much anymore. He forgives Alaska for dying, as he knows Alaska would forgive him for letting her go.
He is the novel's main character, who has an unusual interest in learning famous people's last words. He transfers to the boarding school Culver Creek in search of his own "Great Perhaps". Pudge is attracted to Alaska Young, who for most of the novel has a mixed relationship, mostly not returning his feelings. Alaska Young Alaska is the wild, unpredictable, beautiful, and enigmatic girl with a sad backstory who captures Miles' attention and heart. She acts as a confidante to her friends, frequently assisting them in personal matters, including providing them with cigarettes and alcohol.
She is described as living in a "reckless world. He is the strategic mastermind behind the schemes that Alaska concocts, and in charge of everyone's nicknames. Coming from a poor background, he is obsessed with loyalty and honor, especially towards his beloved mother, Dolores, who lives in a trailer.
He often feels overlooked in the plans of Miles, Chip, and Alaska. Towards the end of the novel he returns to Japan. Lara Buterskaya Lara is a Romanian immigrant, she is Alaska's friend and becomes Miles' girlfriend and, eventually, ex-girlfriend. She is described as having a light accent. Themes[ edit ] Search for meaning[ edit ] After Alaska's death, Pudge and Colonel investigate the circumstances surrounding the traumatic event.
While looking for answers, the boys are subconsciously dealing with their grief, and their obsession over these answers transforms into a search for meaning. Pudge and Colonel want to find out the answers to certain questions surrounding Alaska's death, but in reality, they are enduring their own labyrinths of suffering, a concept central to the novel. When their theology teacher Mr. Hyde poses a question to his class about the meaning of life, Pudge takes this opportunity to write about it as a labyrinth of suffering.
He accepts that it exists and admits that even though the tragic loss of Alaska created his own labyrinth of suffering, he continues to have faith in the "Great Perhaps,'" meaning that Pudge must search for meaning in his life through inevitable grief and suffering. Literary scholar Barb Dean analyzes Pudge and the Colonel's quest for answers as they venture into finding deeper meaning in life. Because this investigation turns into something that is used to deal with the harsh reality of losing Alaska, it leads to Pudge finding his way through his own personal labyrinth of suffering and finding deeper meaning to his life.
Scholar Barb Dean concludes that it is normal to seek answers about what happened and why. She also points out that in writing Looking for Alaska, John Green wished to dive deeper into the grieving process by asking the question "how does one rationalize the harshness and messiness of life when one has, through stupid, thoughtless, and very human actions, contributed to that very harshness?
Because of this, their grieving process consists of seeking answers surrounding her death since they feel that they are responsible.
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Ultimately, Miles is able to come to the conclusion that Alaska would forgive him for any fault of his in her death and thus his grief is resolved in a healthy way. By the end of the book, it is clear that Miles has grown throughout the year. They are things to be looked at. But in fact swans are capable of agency and power and biting people on the butt. What about the before and after divisions? Did the candle wax volcano inspire the cover?
My friends and I went to America and bought Strawberry Hill wine. We also made up ambrosia. Yes, well, welcome to America! Look, both the reader and the writer have a job when it comes to books.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but: If your friend cannot separate fiction from its author, then they aren't doing her job as a reader. This whole idea that authors who write about teenagers have some kind of romantic fixation on teenagers is really weird to me. So, yeah, let me just say this: Nothing personal, but I find high school students—all of them—completely and overwhelmingly unhot. It certainly contains more sex and f-bombs.
I wanted to write about sexuality and substance abuse because it felt true to the characters, who are in many ways more screwed up and self-destructive than the characters in my other books. Did you know an Alaska?
That is the rare question that is too personal. Do you plan on writing a sequel to Looking for Alaska? My grandmother taught me to never say never, but certainly there will not be a sequel in the foreseeable future.
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Do you have any teaching suggestions for Looking for Alaska? If I were to teach Alaska, I would ask: What is the point of death? That is not really much of a lesson plan, though. Why did you sell the movie rights to Paramount rather than a less commercial studio? Inwhen Looking for Alaska first came out, the book was selling a couple hundred copies a week. And every indication was that my income over time would go down, not up, as it does for almost all books.
At the time, I was moving from Chicago to New York in order to follow my fiancee to graduate school, which meant I was about to be unemployed. Then a movie studio came along and offered me what was to me an ungodly, life-changing amount of money in exchange for the movie rights to my book. I did not care and honestly do not care if they ever made a movie. All I knew was that moving to New York with a fiancee in graduate school was suddenly possible, whereas before it had been impossible.
What would you think if Looking for Alaska became a web series rather than a movie?
That would be cool, except I do not own the movie rights to Looking for Alaska. Why was the Looking for Alaska movie shelved? Alaska is still Alaska and Pudge is still Pudge. Was your intention to make Alaska fall in love with Miles? My intention was for it to be a complicated mess that was totally impossible to parse, just like real romantic interactions between teenagers in high school.
And also adults after high school. I think our feelings for each other are really complicated and motivated by an endless interconnected web of desires and fears. I wanted to reflect that as best I could.