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Letters to Quentin - A Paper Towns Fiction

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by John Green

So I wanted him to be a committed omnictionary editor because I wanted him to be someone who stands for knowledge and understanding and balance and fairness and all the values that well-curated wikis celebrate.

I liked the idea that he really had no built-in social network in the old-fashioned sense of the phrase , that he was friends with Ben and Radar but separated from them for large swaths of time while they were doing band stuff. I needed Q to be isolated because I needed him to see himself in Margo when she talked about her own feelings of social isolation. I think she is concerned about the words, not the letters. Well, she says herself that she feels like traditional rules of capitalization are unfair to the words in the middle.

That said, there are very good reasons why we do not capitalize random words in the middle of sentences. I assumed that Margo and Q were both Jewish, but if it is not explicitly stated as such in the text, then my assumptions should be irrelevant.

I thought it was in the text at one point? God I wrote that book so long ago. And Margo functions as a mirror to the other characters in the novel: What they see when they look at Margo ends up saying a lot more about them than it says about Margo herself.

The black things in the novel tend to be expressions of how human endow things with meaning, whether well or poorly; the white things tend to be things that are menacingly void of meaning and totally apathetic to us the walls of the school, the cow.

Books are not in the business of creating merely likeable characters with whom you can have some simple identification with. Books are in the business of crating great stories that make your brain go ahhbdgbdmerhbergurhbudgerbudbaaarr. Did I intend Margo to be likable? I intended her to be complex. I wanted her to be someone the reader could learn to empathize with, someone who makes very different decisions from most of us but whose decisions have a kind of internal consistency and integrity that makes them morally defensible.

She can of course be very shallow and selfish, but I would argue that basically all of us are shallow and selfish. It is much harder for me to empathize with you if what hurts is abstract. When people are imagining sadness or despair, they often try to render it in terms we find familiar. To talk about emotional pain and lots of other emotional experiences , we are forced to use abstractions.

Margo asks for five minutes to finish writing. When she closes her notebook , she offers each of them a tepid hug or handshake. She seems at a loss Margo begins by showing him her notebook. She explains that, when she was ten years old, she began writing a detective story Back in the barn, Quentin Retrieved September 13, Download this Chart PDF.

They're like having in-class notes for every discussion! Get the Teacher Edition. My students love how organized the handouts are and enjoy tracking the themes as a class. In taking note of precise times, Quentin is, in some manner, mapping his life in the same way Margo maps geographic coordinates. Omnictionary, the Wikipedia stand-in of the novel, also acts as a kind of map. Radar spends nearly all his waking hours on Omnictionary, which is a comprehensive map of human knowledge. Halfway through the novel, Radar codes a program that maps out the most relevant information to an individual search on Omnictionary.

The crowd-sourced encyclopedia is both a resource and a red herring. The site is the symbolic map that leads them to Margo, but it also provides false positives and unnecessary information. Indeed, the reader learns that maps are not always trustworthy. Home Literature Paper Towns Symbols.

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Margo carries the book with her at all times, but nobody knows what she uses it for; in this way, it becomes a symbol for the way she keeps her authentic self hidden from others. Get the entire Paper Towns LitChart as a printable PDF.

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Paper Towns takes place in and around a fictional subdivision, located in suburban Orlando, Florida, called "Jefferson Park". The novel focuses on the narrator and protagonist Quentin "Q" Jacobsen and his neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman.

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Paper Towns is written from the first-person perspective of Quentin, a senior in high school. Except for the Prologue, which is a flashback to when Quentin was nine, Paper Towns is set entirely in the few weeks leading up to and including the main characters’ high school graduation. Throughout Paper Towns, maps and mapping represent an effort to take control in a world that seems chaotic. Margo feels helpless and trapped in a world that she deems fake and that doesn’t understand her, so she obsessively plots her escape using maps. Maps symbolize possibility and potential for Margo. On a map, one can dream to go anywhere.

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Paper Towns is an amazingly well written book. It is about a boy and girl. The boy is Quentin Jacobson and the girl is Margo Roth Spiegelman. When they were younger, they found a body in a local park. My miracle happens to be Margo Roth Spiegelman and my tragedy happens to also be Margo Roth Spiegelman, which is kinda ironic once you think about it; My tragedy was caused by my miracle." This story is a sequel to John Green's hit book, Paper filezperfecttz.cfs: