Margo’s narcissistic and superficial parents, who are more concerned with the embarrassment Margo causes them by running away than about her safety. The Spiegelmans call the police after Margo disappears, but elect not to look for her themselves. They believe Margo is a blight on their family, and see her as being selfish and undeserving of help.
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. and Mrs. Spiegelman appears in Paper Towns. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 3
...Margo has run away again; Detective Warren claims this is the fifth time that the Spiegelmans have reported her missing. Margo’s mother announces that she and her husband are changing the... (full context)
...with Margo’s parents to look through Margo’s room. Quentin talks with his parents about the Spiegelmans. All three of them agree that the Spiegelmans have not been good parents to Margo,... (full context)
...emerges from Quentin’s room. Quentin tells Ben about the visit from Detective Warren and the Spiegelmans, and Ben suggests they discuss the issue further over a game of “Resurrection.” Radar arrives... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 3, Agloe
Margo borrows Quentin’s phone and calls her family. She has a tense conversation with her mother , then talks briefly with Ruthie, apologizing for not calling her and promising to call... (full context)