Quentin Marregelman Analysis

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Quentin Jacobsen was an un-adventurous boy who lived a relatively unadventurous, boring life. Living across the street was the complete opposite, Margo Roth Spiegelman. She was daring, beautiful, and loved mystery and adventures. Quentin was used to admiring her amazing life from afar, until one night a blue-eyed girl in all black burst from the window. That girl was Margo Roth Spiegelman herself. She dragged him out of bed and asked for him to drive her around town to get revenge and go on an “adventure”. While out in the many places they went that night, Margo talks about “Paper Towns” and how her town of Orlando, Florida was just a Paper Town. The following day, it is discovered that Margo ran away. But this mysterious girl wasn't going …show more content…

When she leaves Orlando, she is running from the perfect image everyone, including Q, has created for her. She is also getting away from paper towns and paper people in Orlando, even though she herself could very easily be considered paper. As she gets closer to Agloe, and farther from Orlando, she believes that she is getting farther and farther from her old paper-self. But she doesn't know that as she is becoming more real she is letting down people who saw her as paper by not being perfect. Margo doesn't see herself as paper, she thinks of herself as real, just surrounded by all paper people. But she soon realizes that all her peers and people around her aren't paper, and actually are real people she doesn't know enough. It's then realized that Margo is the same as everyone else, she is equal to everyone else around her, and is not the only real person amongst paper people. “On some fundamental level we find it difficult to understand that other people are human beings the same way we are. We idealize them as gods or dismiss them as animals.” (Green, 164) Paper Towns uses a lot of symbolism to represent the feeling of emptiness and something being unrealistic. The paper towns are fake towns that have no real meaning. Q realizes that the real version of Margo isn't his “miracle” in life because Margo isn't everything that he had built her up to be. John Green uses symbolism throughout the novel to demonstrate how one sees himself, outlooks on life, and ways of viewing other people in the

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