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I'd probably say that it was a combination of the two. Emotions running high and causing suicidal thoughts/tendencies (like driving fast) but not actually sure if ever planning on following through so the final result of her death was an accident.
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First of all, sorry for dissecting a beloved character but it needs to be done for the purpose of this argument.
Now, Alaska was a troubled soul. From what I could gather from the novel, she was bipolar (aka manic-depressive). It is pretty obvious she had erratic mood swings extreme even for a teenager and even though manic and depressive episodes usually last days or weeks and people have "normal" stages in between I think she could be in that category. Also, sometimes (especially when under the influence of mind altering substances) the manic and depressive can hit you at the same time, which is what I think happened to her that night. Therefore, her death can be explained as a spur-of-the-moment suicide.
She was clearly very upset and crying hysterically while screaming how she sucks at everything (depressive) and at the same time she was very impulsive and not thinking about the consequences of her actions (manic). When she got to the roadblock she probably didn't think much beyond "whatever, straight and fast" or "mom, here I come".
p.s. I cried when I read that chapter.
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I believe that she was trying to fix everything in her life on the way to her mother's grave. When she saw the accident ahead, she, under the influence of all the alcohol, said in her mind, "PIZZZAA it. I'll never be good enough for anyone." and just kept driving on. Moral of the story: don't drink. Ever. I think if she hadn't been drinking, she may have realized how much she meant to so many people. However it is a deeply personal story and anyone can have their own interpretation. That is why John is such a brilliant writer and why Looking for Alaska is his best-quality novel. Katherines is still my favorite but Looking for Alaska is the best.
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I don't know, and I don't think I want to.
Alaska had a fairly destructive personality. She 'smoked to die'. She could have committed suicide.
However, she was pretty god damn drunk. She couldn't have driven well anyway.
Maybe it was a split second choice. Maybe it was planned. Maybe it wasn't an accident at all. But I don't want to know. LfA isn't about the question of dying. Its about the question of living.
(Damn I take this seriously)
I don't know, and I don't think I want to.Alaska had a fairly destructive personality. She 'smoked to die'. She could have committed suicide.However, she was pretty god damn drunk. She couldn't have driven well anyway.Maybe it was a split second choice. Maybe it was planned. Maybe it wasn't an accident at all. But I don't want to know. LfA isn't about the question of dying. Its about the question of living. (Damn I take this seriously)
"I knew that neither I as a writer nor you as a reader would ever get inside blue citrus that night" -John Green
I would like to take some time to explain why it is important that we will never truly know what happened in those last moments of Alaska's life.
In my mind, even though there is no evidence for this, I feel that Alaska died just as her mother did, via aneurysm. Because Alaska's distress in dealing with her mother's death is so paralleled to the mourning and coping of her friends I feel that it is only fitting to see Alaska go in the same manner as her mother. To me, in order to provide solace to my mind in dealing with this question, Alaska died before ever hitting the police cruiser. It wasn't a suicide, it wasn't really an accident, it was an event that couldn't be avoided.
But that's just the way my mind wants for it to be.
(Sorry about the long post, I hope what I'm saying makes sense)