Summer Reading Writing Assignment Rewrite
1. How would you characterize Melinda’s relationship with her family?
“My family has a good system. We communicate with notes on the kitchen counter” –pg. 14 Anderson. In Speak by Laurie Anderson Melinda’s family is not very close. They each have privacy and there isn’t much communication with each other. Eventually Melinda completely stops talking to her parents, but by the end of the novel they learn that they need to have communication to be a strong family. Melinda’s family was never really close, but after the incident Melinda and her family grow even father apart, however in the end, they grow close and learned to share their problems with each other, which they realize, is the way to be a strong family.
3. Is Miles final essay in response to Alaska’s question, “How will we get out of this labyrinth of suffering” an appropriate ending of the book?
“After all this time, it still seems to me like straight and fast is the only way out– but I choose the labyrinth. The labyrinth blows, but I choose it” pg. 216 Green. In Looking for Alaska by John Green, the book was ended with what Miles thinks the escape of the Labyrinth is. This is a good way to end the book because the entire book is concerned (connected) with the Labyrinth, and every character has an explanation, from Alaska, to Colonial, to Miles, and everyone has a unique answer to the question. One of the themes in Looking For Alaska is the labyrinth, everyone is concerned how to escape the labyrinth, for Alaska it’s “straight and fast”, and Colonial says he chooses the labyrinth, so the best way to end the book is to have the main character Miles, put his essay on how to get out of this labyrinth of suffering, into the end, it helps sum up the book and leave you thinking, it also helps John Green show what he wanted you to get out of the book.
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