In his final class, the Old Man mentions religious "founder figures." Can Alaska be seen as a "founder figure" in the context of the novel?
Alaska's charismatic presence in life attracted fervent followers, who were magnetized and inspired by her worldview. In death, Alaska becomes something of a martyr figure, inspiring her friends to question how they've lived, and whether or not their lives are meaningful. Her death elevates her to fully-ideal status, and becomes the ultimate focus of the book's last third.
Why didn’t Takumi tellPudge and the Colonel that he knew where Alaska was going the night she died?
Takumi (rightly) felt abandoned and excluded...
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