Go Ask Alice

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Anonymous. "Go Ask Alice." New York: Avon Books,1982

1. Point of view-the perspective from which the author tells the story. "Alice writes in her undated diary from a hospital. She is unsure how she has ended up here and can only think of the worms she thinks are eating her alive. She has apparently been biting her fingers down to the bone." Undated (July) The book " Go Ask Alice" was written in in first person. This gives the reader an idea of what Alice is thinking and her feelings on what she is battling in her life. 2. symbolism- using one idea to represent a larger idea.

"As a purported piece of non-fiction, Go Ask Alice does not have any explicit symbols, but Alice's nightmares and hallucinations of maggots and worms eating away at corpses or her own body can be viewed as a dual symbol." At first, Alice's fears of the maggots center on the loneliness of the individual mind. No one knows what happens to a body underground, hidden from sight. Alice's loneliness and her feeling that only "Diary" understands her connects this anxiety: she fears no one knows what is happening in her mind. In the hospital, she fears that even she does not know what is happening in her mind, and her memory of her unintentional overdose deliver the maggots a second meaning. 3. irony- discrepancy between reality and an understanding or perspective on reality. 4. Selection of detail- the specific detail that the author chooses to include or omit to make a point or high light a certain action. "At a rally in California, Alice takes more drugs and finds life beautiful once more. Confused, Alice reports that she is now a "Priestess of Satan" in some kind of cult. She finds that she's now attracted to females but feels guilty and ashamed of it. She has been reduced to giving someone named "Big Ass" oral sex for drugs. She meets a pregnant girl who says her baby will belong to everybody. Alice wonders if she, too, is pregnant, as she's stopped...
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