Essay on Analysis Of The Poem ' Looking For Alaska '

1114 Words Jun 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Simon Bolivar’s last words were, “How will I ever escape this labyrinth?” What ‘labyrinth’ was Bolivar talking about? Life? Death? No, I believe that the labyrinth is suffering. In John Green’s novel, Looking for Alaska, Miles Halter lived a mundane life in his Florida home, but one day he decides to go in search for the ‘great perhaps’ in Culver Creek. At Culver Creek, Miles expects that he’ll have the time of his life, however, Miles and his gang end up learning more about their lives and how to deal with the fact that suffering is inextricably bound to living.
On the first day at Culver Creek Miles , dubbed Pudge by his friends, Pudge meets the Colonel, Takumi and Alaska Young. Pudge is immediately intoxicated by Alaska. As Pudge starts to acquaint himself with Alaska he admires how intelligent and profound she is. Pudge has an obsession with famous people’s parting remarks, and Alaska offers him her favorite last words. The last words of Simon Bolivar.“It 's not life or death, the labyrinth. Suffering. Doing wrong and having wrong things happen to you. That 's the problem. Bolivar was talking about the pain, not about the living or dying. How do you get out of the labyrinth of suffering?” To Alaska the Labyrinth is having to suffer and feel the pain because of the wrongs that you have done in your life.
“ She was lying on the floor, holding her head and jerking, and I thought she had fallen asleep and that whatever had hurt her didn’t hurt anymore. So I just sat there…

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