Looking For Alaska Character Traits

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In the book Looking for Alaska by John Green the main character, Miles Halters, later known as “Pudge” has a very strange personality. He is a sixteen-year-old teenager living very depressingly in Florida, attending a public school with a lot of drama. “Although I was more or less forced to invite all my “school friends,” i.e., the ragtag bunch of drama people and English geeks I sat with by social necessity in the cavernous cafeteria of my public school, I knew they wouldn't come. Still, my mother persevered, awash in the delusion that I had kept my popularity secret from her all these years.” (Green 3). In that scene of the book Mile’s parents insist on making a goodbye party, because Miles has decided to go to Culver Creek Boarding School, Miles feels bad of disappointing his parents, knowing that no one would be coming to his party. Miles doesn’t really have any friends, which makes him a very shy, socially…show more content…
Culver Creek gave him a drastic change in his life. At the beginning when he first met his friends Alaska Young and Chip Martin, also know as the “Colonel” he would buy them cigarettes, “So, Alaska. Sell us some cigarettes.” And then somehow, the Colonel talked me into paying five dollars for a pack of Marlboro Lights I had no intention of ever smoking.” (Green 29). Eventually he started smoking with them to fit in and drinking beer, before he was the kind of guy who wouldn’t do any drugs, but he did them to fit in. Gaining confidence from his friends, Miles stared loosening up and become more himself, by trying new things. Miles was also an extremely curious person, after Alaska’s death he was determined if her death was a suicide or an accident. Miles carried guilt in him since he thought that he could have done something the night she was drunk and left to prevent her death. He states "That night I let her go because she told me to. It was that simple for me, and that stupid" (Green

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