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 when she realizes that she is doodling white daisies while on the phone, and she takes the white tulips Jake has given her to put on her mother’s grave. Alaska dies with these flowers by her side, and they symbolize knowledge that might have saved Alaska from that death. White tulips traditionally represent worthiness and forgiveness, and had Alaska been able to forgive herself and understand that she had value, perhaps she would not have left Culver Creek that night. At the same time the white flowers also act as memorials for Alaska herself, as she died with them in her car.
White Flowers Symbol Timeline in Looking for Alaska
The timeline below shows where the symbol White Flowers appears in Looking for Alaska. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
31. The Last Day
39. Thirteen Days After
44. Twenty-Eight Days After
48. Forty-Six Days After
...making a list of the evidence for and against Alaska’s suicide. They decide that the white flowers were not in Alaska’s car as a way for Alaska to memorialize herself. Takumi repeats... (full context)
50. Sixty-Two Days After
55. One Hundred Fourteen Days After
...mother died. They tell this to the Colonel. The three of them decide that doodling daisies must have reminded Alaska that she forgot the anniversary of her mother’s death. She left... (full context)