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Looking for Alaska
Famous Last Words: Allusions, Reference, and Non-Fiction Connections
This document contains 10 pages with 22 non-fiction references and "famous last words" included in John Green's first novel. This powerful product serves to complement the novel and to provide context and depth through incorporating non-fiction connections. Students can analyze how the listed "last words" and historical figures' backgrounds connect with the novel's overarching themes and characters' personal traits/behavior.
Here are several of the historical figures we include, along with their "famous last words":
President John F. Kennedy
General Robert E. Lee
Edgar Allan Poe