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Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska Symbols

When Miles arrives at Culver Creek, one of the first things the Colonel and Alaska convince him to do is to start smoking cigarettes. Miles says he doesn’t really have a reason for smoking, but… (read full symbol analysis)
For much of Looking for Alaska, Miles thinks of last words as a way to encapsulate the way a great person lived, and he memorizes many famous people’s last words. Like the Buddhist koans(read full symbol analysis)
One of the clearer symbols in Looking for Alaska is the labyrinth. Alaska loves the last words of Simón Bolívar: “Damn it, how will I ever get out of this labyrinth!” At the beginning… (read full symbol analysis)
For Alaska, white flowers symbolize her mother. Before her death, Alaska’s mother used to put white daisies in Alaska’s hair. Daisies are traditional symbols of innocence. Alaska remembers the anniversary of her mother’s death… (read full symbol analysis)
Distance plays an important role in Looking for Alaska—so much so that it becomes a part of certain characters’ identities. The Colonel connects Miles’ name to “miles” travelled, and in this… (read full symbol analysis)
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