Alaska's Characters In Looking For Alaska, By John Green

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John Green’s book Looking for Alaska focuses on Alaska’s character describing her as a free spirit with interesting stories thirsty for adventure. Because of these qualities, many of her actions have a reckless element to it. She participates in pranks and group activities with her friends yet her light hearted mood is a disguise for the terrible and haunting experience she had on the day her mother died. Her father is almost absent since she rarely speaks of him therefore, lacks a family environment. Friends like the Colonel, Takumi and Pudge are a way she attempts to build community yet she doesn’t confide in them. This causes her demons to take over and the tragic death to occur at the end of the novel. If Alaska had a better family or support …show more content…
Pudge is captivated by her rebelliousness but as he gets to spend more time with her, she begins to reveal parts of her troubled life. When Pudge, Takumi, the Colonel and Alaska hang out in the swings smoking and talking, Alaska shows the first warning sign of how little she values her life. Pudge notices that she smokes fast and asks her why she does it, “She smiled with all the delight of a kid on Christmas morning and said, ‘Y’all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die’” (44). The quote ends right after she confesses the dark truth, which serves to make a longer lasting impression. Alaska is genuinely smiling knowing her answer is unexpected before anyone else does which transmits that she’s at ease with what she is about to say, and completely rid of worry that smoking harms oneself, in fact, she relishes in it. She points out the difference between the boys and her; they smoke because it’s cool and not allowed in Culver Creek but she does it purposely because she wants to die. This is not an answer one predicts but it is the first time Pudge or the rest of the group see a side of Alaska that is mysterious and …show more content…
She reveals that to her it signifies that the labyrinth of life is suffering and pain and she doesn’t know how to escape it. She tells Pudge this interpretation, which at first seems mysterious like most of her actions and thoughts but that later makes sense. One night Alaska and her friends start playing a game of Best Day/ Worst Day and she explains how her mom dies and how she thinks she was responsible for it, “So I just sat there on the floor with her until my dad got home an hour later, and he’s screaming ‘Why didn’t you call 911?’ […] Takumi asked, ‘Your dad blamed you?’ ‘Well, not after that first moment. But yeah. How could he not?” (119) Alaska was just a child and she had to witness her mom die of an aneurysm, but what is worse is that her dad’s first reaction was to blame his daughter. Alaska was only a child, she didn’t know the severity of the situation, which combined with the shock of seeing her mother helplessly on the ground, she was unable to call 911. Her father blamed her and ever since that day, Alaska blamed herself too. If her dad had been sympathetic and reassured Alaska that in such a hard situation it was understandable to panic and not be able to call 911 then Alaska might have been able to forgive herself because her dad would have, but the opposite happened. Because he resented her for not saving her mother,

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