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Dani Jackson | 18 comments Weeks later at Culver Creek, it's time for Thanksgiving break and the teenagers are packing up to go home and visit there family. Pudge, the main character, quiet and intelligent, plans to go home and visit his family, until Alaska interrupts this idea. Alaska somehow convinces Pudge to stay on campus with her while everyone leaves, "She reached into her pocket and pulled out a heavily folded piece of notebook paper and began to read. 'Why Pudge Should Stay at the Creek for Thanksgiving: A List, by Alaska Young'" (70). After reading the list, Pudge makes the easy decision to lie to his family and tell them he cannot come home for Thanksgiving. This shows how impactful Alaska is on those around her, especially Pudge who is interested by everything she does. Pudge seems almost like a puppy dog following her around as he easily agrees to stay. Green uses this situation to suggest the intense willingness one has when they desperately want a relationship with someone. Also, towards the end of the chapter, Alaska makes another interesting comment when Pudge asks her why she stays on campus every Thanksgiving. She replies, "I'm just scared of ghosts, Pudge. And home is full of them" (80). This comment briefly reveals her past, but she gives no details. Green does this to add to her mysteriousness and to interest Pudge more than he already is. This could possibly give a reason to why she makes the casual, suicidal comments that she does. Possibly she has a past that damaged her, and she has not coped with it, as many of us do. The past has the power to control our present if we let it.


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Mac Keck | 11 comments I agree, in my book, Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell tells the story of his survival in Afghanistan, and the hardships that he had to endure in order to survive. In Afghanistan, Luttrell had to witness many of his friends and colleagues die, some trying to save him. From this hardships Luttrell has had an extremely difficult time trying to fit back into society, he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, and would not be considered in any way a normal citizen. So in that sense, Luttrell has let his past effect him in a negative sense, perhaps outside of his control. On the contrary, Luttrell has since been able to write the book dedicated to all of his fallen comrades, which has led to incredible war movie, and will now go down in history as one of the most successful men in military history. All in all, Marcus Luttrell has definately let his past control his present, but luckily for him he was able to harness it into a positive manor.


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