John Green's Use Of The Labyrinth In Looking For Alaska

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Part 1 John Green, Looking for Alaska, page 54 Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. Huh? I asked. You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present. Part 2. CONTEXT. Miles and Alaska’s relationship began on the the debate of Simon Bolivar’s last words, “how will I ever get out of this labyrinth,”, on whether it was a nightmare, or death itself. However, both agreed to confront one another once one of them was able to find out what the labyrinth was. But later, after Alaska became lost in talking about what she would do in the future, she declared that she would no longer talk about doing something, but will do it. Then she announced how she was stuck in a labyrinth herself, and how she…show more content…
CONCEPT. Alaska Young is the protagonist, Miles Halter’s best friend and love interest. As the story began, and Green first introduced Alaska, Green displayed Alaska as a round character. She had very flexative moods and attitudes, and as a matter of fact, most of her traits were influenced by her haunting family history. Due to losing her mother at a young age, Alaska hated home and wanted to be as far away possible from it. And because of this, she was willing to do anything to escape it. This related to her curiosity about what a labyrinth truly is, and how to escape it. In addition, Green would add little comments about how Alaska expected an early death, and even craved it, which foreshadowed that Alaska would die young. Also, Green created a moment of situational irony once Alaska died. It happened right after Miles got the kiss he had been waiting for since he first arrived to Culver Creek, and It all happened in such a way where it was completely unexpected. And in the end, when she died, Green resolved Alaska’s main conflict, by finally allowing her to escape her

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