[2014] kaitlyn douglas (ENG1Dd): Looking For Alaska

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[2014] kaitlyn douglas (ENG1Dd): Looking For Alaska

Looking For Alaska

Author: John Green

Plot Summary

Looking For Alaska is an all around amazingly written book about how love isn't always as easy as other cliché type novels propose it is. The novel starts with a young man named Miles Halter who moves to a boarding school called Culver Creek in Alabama to "seek his great perhaps." He immediately falls for Alaska Young, a crazy, mysterious and wild teenage girl. As the year progresses and Miles starts to discover who he is, things take a turn for the worse which no one expected. The novel shows us the reality of what growing up is truly like without sugar coating it.

Theme

The most important theme in this novel was that there will always be more to a person than you will ever know.

Protagonist vs AntagonistThe protagonist in this novel is the main character Miles who is constantly setting goals for himself to achieve his extremely wanted 'great perhaps'. Alaska could be considered as the antagonist of the novel because she is opposed to Miles goals. She enjoys to just go with the flow and not plan anything in particular therefore seeing life in a different perspective than Miles. This explains why we never get a full understanding of Alaska's life.

Born To Die: Lana Del ReyI chose Born To Die by Lana Del Rey because it demonstrates the main theme of Looking For Alaska well. No one ever knew why Alaska acted the way she did and everyone thought that it was just normal Alaska. It turns out that she was constantly facing her own personal demons inside and was consistently struggling. The song Born To Die in my opinion, relates to how Alaska must have felt throughout the novel because she knew she needed help but did not seek it.

"And his last words were 'I go to 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" (5 Green)

"Y'all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die" (44 Green).

“I may die young, but at least I'll die smart" (52 Green).

ConflictThe main conflict in this novel is something brought up by Alaska in the early stages of the book. She asks Miles, "How do you get out of this labyrinth of suffering?" This continues throughout the entire story to be a question that Miles does not figure out how to answer until the end.

These quotations relate to the theme of the novel because they show how no one ever truly knew the real Alaska Young and how she was never joking when she talked about dying. It also shows how we will never know what Miles is really searching for on his journey for his 'great perhaps.'


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