Margo and Quentin as characters

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Re: Margo and Quentin as characters

Post by TangledinText » 02 Sep 2015, 08:19

That's exactly the same as they grown up. Q is still a follower even through he went on an adventure it was to chase out the two steps forward that she had already explored.

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Post by Morgan_Malone » 23 Sep 2015, 09:50

It definitely describes both of the characters. However, when Quentin goes on this crazy trip to find Margo you get to see him step out of his cautious shell. As for Margo you find out by the end that she is just this lonely person who is trying to live up to an idealized picture that doesn't represent her.

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Post by afrakes » 03 Jun 2016, 15:32

melbuhtoast wrote:This is a question that was in the discussion guide at the end of my copy of the book that I thought worth posting for you all:
When Margo and Quentin are nine they make a horrible discovery, and respond in very different ways. Quentin says, “As I took those two steps back, Margo took two equally small and quiet steps forward” (p.5). Do these descriptions still apply to the characters when they reach high school? When the story ends? What changes?
I'd say this is still applicable when they reach high school. At the beginning of the book, Margo has found her groove and her social group, and Quentin, although content, still seems to be finding his way. By the end of the book, however, I think it's reversed. Margo has hidden secrets of an unhappy home-life and internal issues she needs to work out; she's not who everyone thinks she is. Quentin has a group of friends who are willing to trek across the states with him. He is more mature, in a sense. I think as Margo takes two steps back to find herself, Quentin is taking two small and quiet steps forward.

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Post by Genaaa » 10 Sep 2016, 03:02

Margo is obviously very outgoing and not afraid to do daring things while trying all kinds of new things. Quentin on the other hand is way more reserved and just kind of sticks to the normal stuff without really leaving his comfort zone. Due to this, I think there completely different personalities help each other. They both change each other without even realizing it.

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Post by Megan Old » 08 Jun 2017, 00:54

There's no character development in Margo's. She was still the same adventurous and thrill-loving girl. Quentin, however, took a LOT OF RISK. More so than Margo ever took. Quentin went on a road trip with just his friends, did so much to solve Margo's stupid "clues" that tell wherever in the world she's hiding, risked his graduation day, fought with his friends, chose MARGO OVER HIS FRIENDS! MARGO! Who always leaves him alone and heartbroken to go along with her shenanigans.

I know Margo's a free spirit but she can't just keep coming back to Quentin every time she needs something then shove her lifestyle down Quentin's throat (i.e. asking him to help her seek revenge to this one guy, knowing fully well that Quentin won't say no to her.)

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Post by gaporter » 19 Jul 2017, 12:47

Megan Old wrote:There's no character development in Margo's. She was still the same adventurous and thrill-loving girl. Quentin, however, took a LOT OF RISK. More so than Margo ever took. Quentin went on a road trip with just his friends, did so much to solve Margo's stupid "clues" that tell wherever in the world she's hiding, risked his graduation day, fought with his friends, chose MARGO OVER HIS FRIENDS! MARGO! Who always leaves him alone and heartbroken to go along with her shenanigans.

I know Margo's a free spirit but she can't just keep coming back to Quentin every time she needs something then shove her lifestyle down Quentin's throat (i.e. asking him to help her seek revenge to this one guy, knowing fully well that Quentin won't say no to her.)
I agree with this. I think that Margo stayed the same up until the very end when she chatted in the grass with Quentin, but Quentin changed much sooner. When he found something he cared about, he ran full steam ahead and did not take steps back (as unwise as it might have been...).

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