Looking for Alaska

1903 Words8 Pages
Madison Davis
English 30D
Mrs. Reimer
February 12, 2011
Looking for Alaska The main theme in John Green’s novel “Looking for Alaska” is that there is more to life than can be experienced through any one person or experience, and that we will never truly understand everything that happens to us or the ones we love. We just have to accept these things, whether they be good or bad, and hope for the best. The novel is written in first-person perspective, through the eyes of the main character. His name is Miles Halter, and he is a seventeen year old boy living in Florida. He doesn’t have any “real” friends, only the people he sits with while eating lunch at school. One of his hobbies is reading the last pages of biographies of random famous
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He really becomes much more of a three dimensional character. His entire outlook on life totally changes. In this section of the story Pudge becomes obsessed with finding out if Alaska killed herself, or if it was just a freak accident. The Colonel and him spend a good amount of time doing some serious detective work, attempting to understand what exactly went through her mind right before she died. Eventually though, The Colonel gets bored playing detective, and he soon stops trying to help. Pudge, however, keeps on with the investigation, perhaps bordering on the brink of insanity with his need to fully understand Alaska. He feels as though it’s his fault that he didn’t understand what was happening sooner, and that if he figures out what pushed her to this point it will make up for his ignorance. To really prove the kind of person that Pudge became after Alaska’s death, I am going to include the last portion of the novel. It is an essay written by Pudge for his religious studies course. The student could pick any question that they wanted, and they attempted to dissect it and come up with a theological answer. I feel that even though it’s the last part of the novel, it’s where everything really comes together emotionally.
“Before I got here, I thought for a long time that the way out of the labyrinth was to pretend that it did not exist, to build a small, self-sufficient world in a back corner of the endless
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