Katerina Syntelis Barbara Bontempo, Ph.D. ENG694 Teaching Literature January 20, 2008 PSYCHOANALYTIC ANALYSIS OF LOOKING FOR ALASKA It seems natural to think about novels in terms of dreams or psychoanalytical realities. Like dreams, novels are fictions, inventions of the mind that, though based on reality, are by definition not exactly and literally true. Conversely, dreams may have some truth to tell but like novels their truth must be interpreted before it can be grasped. Such is the case with John Green's young adult novel, Looking for Alaska. It holds many truths that are relevant to young adults, but to extract those lessons, one must first view the plot and characters through a lens of psychoanalytical theory.
“I go to seek a great perhaps. That’s why I’m going” (Green 5). In the book Looking For Alaska one of the main themes surrounds “The Great Perhaps.” The Great Perhaps can be viewed in several ways, one of which being finding who one wants to be, or self discovery. Finding out how one wants to act, what one wants to do, and how one will deal with pain, problems and suffering can all fall under the category of self discovery. Self discovery takes a big role in Looking for Alaska. Several characters go through some sort of self transition throughout the novel, often through relationships with their peers. Although some of the peer relationships are negative relationships, most lead to self discovery. Through the actions and influences of others, one can find discover new things about their character. Peer relationships, negative and
Dylan Moore Professor Dorwick English 350 9 February 2017 Looking For Alaska by John Green Looking For Alaska by John Green is a coming of age story focused on a shy and friendless fifteen-year-old boy named Miles Halter. He leaves his home in Florida to attend Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama, seeking his
A race is a group of people who see themselves, and are seen by others, as having hereditary traits that set them apart (Hughes & Kroehler, 2013, p. 213). People naturally make judgements about a person based on their looks, especially when they don’t share the same hereditary triats. I
Looking For Alaska is a coming of age book about a boy named Miles and his experience during his first year of boarding school. Miles makes new friends and learns that compared to them, he has lived out a rather boring life. He spends the year doing new and wild things with his friends and his not-so-boring dream girl, Alaska Young. When Alaska dies under anomalous circumstances, her friends set out to find out who the girl they thought they knew really was and commemorate her death with the prank of a lifetime, one only Alaska herself could've
The novel “Looking for Alaska,” is narrated by John Green from the perspective of Miles Halter (A.K.A Pudge). The novel tells a phenomenal story about a boy who is striving to find his individuality in society! He vacates his monotonous life and home in Florida where he is lonesome, and has no friends, to go to a boarding school in Alabama. The focal rationale why Miles wants to leave his home in Florida is to go out and seek “A Great Perhaps.” “The Great Perhaps,” was introduced at the beginning of the storyline by Rabelais’ final words “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” I surmise that Rabelais was denoting to life and death. You see many people are always analyzing during their lifetime “What supervenes after death?” There are a lot of perhaps! Yet Miles doesn’t want to be analogous to those people. He wants to attend Culver Creek to find “A Great Perhaps” so that he doesn’t have to wait until he becomes elderly and is going to die to start seeking “A Great Perhaps.” His family was also aware that he wasn’t going to find it with the likes of Will and Marie who are deemed to be losers at his school.
At the beginning of the book a boy named Miles is going to start going to a new school called Culver Creek Preparatory School which is located in Birmingham, Alabama. One of the days before school started he was wrapped in duct tape and thrown in the schools lake… luckily he lived. He eventually makes friends and gets very close to them. He meets the Colonel they become very close. Then comes a girl names Alaska her and miles (they call him Pundge) get very close and spend a lot of time together. Alaska had asked people to set off extra fireworks so she would cause a distraction while she was driving away but the next day they found out she had died in a car accident that night. Miles and the Colonel are very sad and are wondering what had
Eleanor Roosevelt, the American politician, diplomat, and activist, once wrote “You gain strength, experience and confidence by every experience where you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that
Looking for Alaska by John Green is a young adult fiction. This book is about a young man named Miles Hatler and his group friends. Being born into Bolivars labyrinth these young teens are soon to face the troubles their labyrinth has to bring. Miles was a young man born and raised in Florida, wanting to get a new start and be like his dad Miles moved to Cluver Creek. Where he met a beautiful prankster by the name of Alaska young. Although Miles had no idea that this girl would turn his less from average life upside down.
Looking for Alaska, a novel by John Green about high schoolers who reside in a boarding school, houses a unique set of characters. Each of the main characters is built with traits specific to that character alone. The main characters in the novel are the new kid, Miles “Pudge”, his roommate, Chip “Colonel”, their friend, Takumi, and the girl down the hall, Alaska. Although Pudge is the new kid, he is a determined person, especially when it comes to learning about his school and the students it contains. Pudge’s best friend, the Colonel, is a very loyal and has a leader’s persona. Unlike the Colonel, Takumi is often resentful, but almost always is cheerful and is a positive person. Lastly, Alaska, the girl Pudge is mystified by, is rebellious
AExploring is rough especially through Alaska. The exploring of Alaska’s geography is difficult because snow-ice, traveling by foot and, wild animals.
“Life experience is what defines our character, even if it means getting your heart broken or being lied to. You know, you need the downs to appreciate the ups. Going on the adventure or taking that risk is important” (Nev Schulman). In the book Looking for Alaska written by John Green, the main character Miles Halter goes on adventures in the hopes of changing his boring life. The book is based in the present time period where Miles is in high school. Miles hates that his life is so predictable, and that he doesn’t have any friends to go out and have fun with him. Throughout the book he is changing and trying to find out who he really is, and where his new life will take him. Miles is a teenager who loves last words, the adventures of life, and the way he feels about Alaska.
Reading Looking For Alaska felt like I was getting hundreds and hundreds of pep talks. Miles embarks on many journeys throughout the book. Going to a new school, has his heart broken, has tons of fun, makes friendships that will last a lifetime, and also kills his lungs in the process. It all shows how much he would’ve missed out on if he would’ve stayed the same way that he was in the beginning of the book. It’s easy to stay in your comfort zone and not try new things or do things that scare you. It’s an idea we constantly need to hear. Miles experiences pain and joy throughout but also gains a sense of the world he would’ve missed if he wouldn’t have gone out each time and seized the day. Any day your life can be taken away from you as we
In the book, Looking for Alaska, by John Green, a boy, Miles (a.k.a. Pudge), is going to a private school in search of his Great Perhaps. In the process, he meets two characters, Alaska and Chip (a.k.a. The Colonel). The three students all get into mischief right away, by starting pranks, smoking and drinking and avoiding the Eagle, a teacher who will bust anyone for anything.
Looking for Alaska is a book about a boy named Miles that goes away to a private school called Culver Creek were he meets a group of friends that he starts to hang out with throughout the year. He becomes very good friends with everyone and they begin to let him in on their secret spot called "the smoking hole", where they all smoke their cigarettes without getting in trouble. Soon he starts to get a crush on a girl named Alaska, which seems to already have a boyfriend. As soon as Miles starts to fall in love with her a horrible thing happens. Alaska dies in a terrible car accident, which turns into a very mysterious and confusing death. When Miles and the other boys get the news, they start fighting to find out the truth on what really happened. After reading this novel, one is left with the question, "How will we ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?"