Monthly Archives: September 2018

Paper Towns by John Green (Rising Action and Climax)

Write a fake obituary for the protagonist that shows understanding of your character as you see him or her: round, flat, dynamic, or static. See this page and this page for some tips. See the and the NYTimes’ Portraits of Grief for some exemplars.

Quentin Jacobsen, a static, determined character in the book Paper Towns by John Green has passed away. Quentin underwent an important inner change. In the beginning of the story, Quentin is an average teenager, concerned with his crush that lives next door. For example, on page 89, it states that, “So when Mr. Jiminez said, ‘Quentin?’ I was extraordinarily confused, because the one thing happening in my universe was Mr. Jiminez writing on the blackboard, and I couldn’t fathom how he could be both auditory and a visual presence in my life”. This proves that Quentin is usually a very good student, and is so distracted from the school work that the teacher took notice to call on him. This marks a moment in when Quentin started changing. Also, throughout the book, he starts to take his focus of off his school work and focuses more on the disappearance of his crush. On page 135, it states that Quentin had said on the phone, “Tomorrow morning”, also on page 137 it states, “ ‘I’ll call school on my way to work. You let me know if you need anything. Anything. Or if you want me to come home.” (said by his mom). This shows that he will skip school the next morning to pursue his chase to find Margo Roth Spiegelman. Quentin was also a very determined character, when his friends were hesitant on potentially skipping prom to find Margo, he declared that he was going to go to the “paper town” to find Margo either way. From pages 243-278, the book describes the 21 hour car trip to the “paper town”. On page 266, it states that, “It is 2:40 in the morning. Lacey is sleeping. Radar is sleeping. I drive”. This shows that even though everyone else is exhausted from the car ride, Quentin is determined to drive and stay awake in order to save time. Quentin Jacobsen’s inner change started when his lifelong crush disappeared into thin air, to the end, when he and his friends find Margo Roth Spiegelman in the “paper town”.

Wax by Gina Damico

The book I chose to do this task on is “Wax” by Gina Damico, and I decided to analyze the setting of this story. On page 1, it states that “The town of Paraffin smelled of everything. Everywhere.” Also, “Spice and musk and tea and rum. Love and home and peace and America.” The town is known for its elaborate candles, so it acts like a symbol of what will happen in the story (each candle scent is based on the different people murdered in the town of Paraffin). Not only that, but the town of Paraffin is also a honest, simple town. On page 2, it states that “Main Street featured country shops stocked to brimming with farmhouse tchotchkes, animal-themed coffee sets, and wooden signs with painted home spin sayings.” Animal-themed coffee sets gives an innocent tone to the town, while farmhouse tchotchkes gives a creative mood. Also, in the beginning of the story, the town of Paraffin is a very small, friendly town but when nasty things start to happen, it’s even scarier than if those things happened in a haunted house setting.


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