Looking for Alaska

You can find yourself without realizing it.

Allie Miron

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Quote One

"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." Page 3.

This quote proves that at the beginning of the story, Miles didn't know who he was or what else interested him other than memorizing people's last words. He just sat with whoever would sit with him even though he wasn't really friends with them. It was like he was alone, even though there were people around him.

Quote Two

"Best day of my life was today"..."We skipped stones across the creek, which sounds dumb but it wasn't. I don't know. Like the way the sun is right now, with the long shadows and that kind of bright, soft light you get when the sun isn't quite setting? That's the light that makes everything better, everything prettier, and today, everything just seemed to be in that light. I mean, I didn't do anything. But just sitting here."..."Whatever. Great day. Today. Best day of my life." Page 115.

This quote proves that Miles has finally begun to find himself, without really knowing it. He just made good friends, knows what he likes, and most importantly, knows who he is.

Quote Three

"Before I got here, I thought for a long time that the way out of the labyrinth was to pretend that it did not exist, to build a small, self-sufficient world in a back corner of the endless maze and to pretend that I was not lost, but home." Page 219.

In this quote, Miles admits (in his final for his religion class) that he was lost with himself, didn't really know who he was, and was trying to avoid facing reality.

Who, What, When, Where, Why, How

Who: Rebecca Lammerson is telling about her experience and trying to help others.

What: Tips and ways to find who you truly are.

When: Rebecca Lammerson's experience was 3 and a half years ago.

Where: Within yourself

Why: To self-improve.

How: To find yourself, you must lose yourself, too.

How do these connections contribute to your understanding of your novel?

This connection helps me realize that this happens all the time, people are lost and they must find who they really are. Miles didn't intend on "finding himself" when he went to Culver Creek boarding school and made new friends. Miles ended up being happier with himself and with his life than he was before because of this.

How do these connections contribute to your understanding of theme?

These connections help me understand theme because it makes me realize that theme is realistic. The lessons that are learned from themes don't just happen in fiction stories, but they happen in real life, all the time. This also makes me realize that you can learn a theme lesson in real life on purpose or not realizing it until after it's already taken place.

How or when have you experienced or witnessed this theme in your own life?

I have experienced this theme a little bit recently in my life. I think I've started to "find myself" more this past year, and I'm just now realizing it. I finally have good friends that I'm sure of, and I'm happy. So I think it's good that I can recently relate to the theme of a book that I've just read.
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