Day 4

Looking for Alaska Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How does Pudge treat Lara after Alaska’s death? Why?

    Pudge avoids Lara, refuses to talk to her, and tells Takumi that Lara is no longer his girlfriend -- without even ever breaking up with her, or confessing that he cheated on her with Alaska. Discuss how unfair and cruel this is: though students may sympathize with Pudge, especially as he grieves, they should also recognize that he shows Lara disrespect and a tremendous lack of empathy.

  2. 2

    Who does Pudge blame for Alaska’s death? Who does the Colonel blame?

    The question of "blame" in Alaska's death is a prominent one for Pudge: he feels that he's at fault for letting her drive drunk, and the Colonel feels...

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