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 of the book, Alaska isn’t sure if Bolívar’s labyrinth symbolizes life or death, but she eventually decides that life’s most important question is “How will we escape this labyrinth of suffering?” Labyrinths differ from mazes in that labyrinths have only one possible path, winding though it might be, while mazes have many different potential paths. Whether or not Alaska intended to die, she seems certain that her life, tracked through the labyrinth, will be an unhappy one, and that the only way to survive will be “straight & fast”—either to go through it recklessly or not go through it at all. Miles has a more Christian understanding of labyrinths, although he is not particularly religious. In Christianity, with which Green is very familiar, labyrinths symbolize a journey towards salvation. It is not an easy road, and it’s full of twists and turns, but if one follows the path, one will arrive at God’s doorstep. Because life is not a maze, there are no dead ends. Miles embraces the labyrinthine nature of life, and once he decides to move forward rather than look back, he is excited about where his path might take him.