"And if the Colonel thought that calling me his friend would make me stand by him, well, he was right" (Green 29.)
Progress Report #3: Theme by Skylar Rodgers
Theme Development #2
The theme in "looking for alaska," by John Green, is not getting all of the answers. Curiosity is what drives Miles and the Colonel to play out the main focus of the novel. They have so many questions, and not many answers. Although, they have a very valid excuse to want these questions answered.
Theme Development #3
Miles moves to Culver Creek Preparatory School, and it is way better than his old school in Florida. He makes two close-knit friends, Alaska and Colonel. He even earns the nickname 'Pudge,' and that is very symbolic to how bonded these kids are. They get Pudge into a lot of mischief, leading to some upcoming events.
Pudge ends up falling in love with Alaska, and how could he not? She's the pretty, blonde, energetic girl on campus! During a game of truth or dare, Alaska kisses Pudge, a lot. This makes him fall harder, and hurt much more when she suddenly leaves his life the following morning.
"She taught me everything I knew about crawfish and kissing and pink wine and poetry. She made me different" (Green 172.)
In memory of Alaska, the boys pull the biggest prank in Culver Creek history. Every spring, the school takes one friday to have a Speaker Day. They then decided to hire a 'dancer' to pose as a scholar of deviant sexuality in adolescence. And, of course, they pulled it off perfectly. It was a very interesting way to give Alaska the send off that she deserves.
" The Alaska Young Memorial Prank. We can make it an annual event. Anyway, she came up with this idea last year. But it's good. It's really good. It's historic" (Green 199.)
In the end, Pudge and the Colonel learn that some questions cannot be answered. Alaska is gone, and it's up to them to continue living their lives. Of course, they will never forget Alaska, just as she would never forget her mother. Situations are survivable-power through with willpower and strength to overcome issues.
"Forgetting her mother, failing her mother and her friends and herself- those are awful things, but she did not need to fold into herself and self destruct. Those awful things are survivable, because we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be" (Green 220.)