Gods and Animals

Discuss the April 2015 book of the month, "Paper Towns" by John Green.
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Gods and Animals

Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 26 Apr 2015, 00:23

Quentin's mom says, "We idealize them as gods or we dismiss them as animals." We know that Quentin didn't quite hear what his mother was saying, that for a minute he realized Chuck was a person; then, his mind drifted to Margo Roth Spiegelman. Let's say that he dismissed Chuck as an animal--because he was a bully and all--and idealized Margo as a god--because we all know how obsessed with her he is. Can you tell me how Quentin (or other characters) views anyone else, and why? It can be anyone--even a character with a very small role. For instance, I think Quentin dismissed his ex-girlfriend as an animal; he thinks of her only once in the book. Or Ben dismissed Margo as an animal because...Or Radar idealizes so-and-so because this-and-this. Or...no "ors". Just kidding!
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Post by hannahbm13 » 15 Jul 2015, 21:12

i feel like something interesting would be how Margo views everybody she gets revenge on. You could argue animal, because she looks down on them and feels like they are nothing but scum. On the other hand, you could say she views them as Gods, because she spends so much time and thought on them.

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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 16 Jul 2015, 12:02

@hanmahbm13

True.
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Post by literarycat » 29 Sep 2015, 10:08

hannahbm13 wrote:i feel like something interesting would be how Margo views everybody she gets revenge on. You could argue animal, because she looks down on them and feels like they are nothing but scum. On the other hand, you could say she views them as Gods, because she spends so much time and thought on them.
You could almost say gods for the same reason. A lot of mythology shows the gods didn't have a high opinion of "humans" or those they thought of as lesser beings. Mar go looks down on them almost as if a good would look down on those below.
The world breaks everyone, and afterwards, some are strong at the broken points ~ Ernest Hemingway.

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Post by gaporter » 18 Jul 2017, 22:16

hannahbm13 wrote:i feel like something interesting would be how Margo views everybody she gets revenge on. You could argue animal, because she looks down on them and feels like they are nothing but scum. On the other hand, you could say she views them as Gods, because she spends so much time and thought on them.
I think Margo looks down on almost everybody as animals, and that factored into her decision to leave. She condescendingly calls everybody "paper people" and insists they aren't leading real lives. She is very dismissive of everybody and didn't think about the effect her leaving would have on her sister or friends.

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