Go Ask Alice Go Ask Alice is the diary of a young 15 year old drug abuser. At the beginning of the book, "Alice" is a typical, insecure, middle class teenager that only thinks with boys, diets, and popularity. She never taught of getting into drugs. This girl had a lot of self esteem, and was very happy. Her life changes for the worse when her family moves to a new town and she finds herself less popular and more isolated than ever before. That is why she buys this diary to express herself with personal taughts. She becomes unhappy in the new town, she is overjoyed to be allowed to return to the old town to spend the summer with her grandparents. During this stay she is invited to a party by an old acquaintance; there she unwittingly ingests LSD that had been added to random bottles of Coca Cola and distributed to the party guests as a game. The other guests had mistakenly assumed Alice was aware of what the "game" entailed. After this, she seeks drugs deliberately, and rapidly proceeds to marijuana, amphetamines, and casual sex. A pregnancy scare and the return to her new town encourage her to turn away from drugs; however she soon falls in with the drug crowd where finally she finds acceptance. She starts dating a drug dealer and sells drugs to grade-schoolers for him. After realizing he was using her, she turns him in to the police and runs away from home with her new friend Chris, moving to San Francisco. After being given heroin and then being raped by Chris' boss, Shelia and her boyfriend, she and Chris return home. She is welcomed back warmly by her family, but finds herself ostracized by the community and has difficulty keeping her resolve to avoid drugs. She soon weakens and, while high, runs away again. She spends time living on the streets, a period during which her diary is not dated and entries were purportedly recorded on scraps of paper or paper napkins. She finds herself having sexual relations with strangers and loses track of everything. When she returns home she vows to stay completely off drugs, and succeeds. However, she is again ostracized by her former friends who continue to label her a police informant, and is ignored by the "square" kids. While babysitting, Alice is drugged without her knowledge.
In 1971 a book was published under the name of Go Ask Alice, with no author or editor. It was just written under anonymous. Although anonymous during the mid 1980, Beatrice Sparks, a teen physiologist, was uncovered to have helped write a good portion of the book. Although she helped the real author was never reveled. This book portrays the life and choices that fifteen year old Alice faces in her life. Although the character is named Alice, she does not correlate with any specific person in real life. The journals were a combination of different patients Sparks was seeing. Since its publishing in 1971 Go Ask Alice has become one of the most controversial banned books. This is because of its strong commentary on sex, suicide, heavy drug usage and teen pregnancy. After finishing the book, this book should not be in the banned books. This book had strong language for a younger child to read but. it shows what can happen to teenagers, what students will do for drugs, and it has a strong message for older teens.
She requests that Arden’s body be brought to her and, upon seeing him, she speaks to Arden and confesses to the murder, and expresses her guilt, wishing he were still alive, by saying “...And would my death save thine thou shouldst not die” (“Arden” 8). Though she previously conveyed how free she felt, the combination of the hand-towel and knife used to kill Arden, his innocent blood stains on the floor, and his distorted, unmoving body triggers Alice to feel an overwhelming and unbearable sense of guilt. Once this guilt comes upon her, she cannot stop herself from begging her dead husband for forgiveness, though he cannot offer it to her now. The guilt of her actions causes her to expose the people who helped her enact this heinous crime. Because Alice reveals the truth behind Arden’s murder, every character pays a penance for their
In the 1980’s, the “supposed editor”, Beatrice Sparks, was uncovered, and they hoped that her story would deter others from using drugs and sexual acts or rape upon teenagers. Go Ask Alice was published by the parents of the anonymous New Jersey girl after she committed suicide. Sparks states that the “journal entry style’ of the book
The last example is when she was clean of drugs and she went to babysit for her neighbor, due to the original babysitter not being able to make it. While babysitting, she found that there was a bag of chocolate covered peanuts on the counter. Thinking the neighbor left it for her, she ate some of the peanuts. She brings up the fact about how her grandfather used to love eating chocolate covered peanuts. Not knowing she had been drugged, she got high and started seeing her dead grandfather standing before her. Knowing he's dead, she talks about how she saw maggots crawling in and out of him and continuing to eat his body. She tries killing the maggots but more and more appear and they star...
Have you ever dealt with so much in life that you began taking all the anger out on yourselves, especially since you're maturing into adulthood? "Go Ask Alice" is a non-fiction diary, written by an anonymous author in the late 1960's. Alice, the main character, begins a diary because she has no one else to talk too, and she spends her energy searching not for drugs, but for someone who will understand her. The drugs only create the temporary illusion that she is in touch with nature and people. Alice is a curious, committed young adult for three reasons. She runs away from home and begins a new start, she's been influenced on how good drugs are, and she's committed to stay off of drugs no matter what.
Melinda's struggle starts when she goes to a party ,and she is raped by a guy named Andy Evans. She later calls the police and since then she is known as a snitch and she suffers from shame and bullying. Also, everytime she sees Andy she either runs or hides in fear. For example when she encounters Andy in the bakery ,”Bunny Rabbit bolts, leaving fast tracks in the snow.” This only influences her to obtain more and more fear which she can't seem to face her problems or even warn her friends about him and his inappropriate and hurtful actions. A reason she can't stand up to him is because she suffers with her friendships causing her to be speechless and untrusted, for all her past friends left her and she is left alone and vulnerable.
Go Ask Alice is about the life of a teenage girl who was a victim of drug abuse. She started her diary because she was going through social issue. Sh was not very popular at her school and had feelings for this boy named Roger. She struggles with relating to her parents and is self conscious as to how she appears to others. Her father got a new job as a professor at a university and the family had to move to a different town.
The consequences of Alice case of making choices. Alice case is a little bit complicated. She has to make choices whether they are good or bad choices. As a social worker we have to let our client decide what it that they want is. We cannot force any one to choose their best options. If Alice decides to remain in the home this will be the outcome for her (Ward &Mama, 2016).
She started menstruating at the age of thirteen, her intimate discovery of masturbation, and the satisfaction she gained by dressing like a man for the first time. Alison does not tell her mother right away about her period nor does she write about it when it initially starts. She discloses “my diary was no longer the utterly reliable document it had been in my youth” (162). This may have just been an exceedingly difficult time her life because she leaves out her true feelings about how she feels about this new development she is going through. Alison learns how to masturbate and achieve orgasm when by rocking back and forth in her chair. She confesses to her diary using the secret code “ning” (169-172) to indicate menstruating and masturbating, two subjects she is too embarrassed to refer to in the literal sense. When Alison and her friend Beth miss a ride to the school dance with a boy named Randy, the girls raid Bruce’s closet and play dress up in his clothes instead. Alice compares this newfound enjoyment to being a “mystical pleasure, like finding myself fluent in a language I’d never been taught”
When she first is confronted by the problem or race it hits her with a thump. Bob takes Alice to dinner where she states, “I don’t want feel like being refused” (55). Alice does what she can to avoid the face of racism. She lacks the integration within the different community, which gives her a one-path perspective. While going to the restaurant with Bob, he asks, “Scared because you haven’t got the white folks to cover you” (55)? She doesn’t have the protection of her friends or her parents to shy away from the truth of her being African American. She is hiding behind a mask because she’s passing as white. She’s accepting the assumption that she belongs to their culture. When she goes out, “with white folks the people think you’re white” (60). But, when she goes out with Bob there is nothing to hide behind. She’s confronted with the truth. Already feeling low about the restaurant, and getting pulled over by the cops, she uses her wealth to get out of the situation. She says, “I am a supervisor in the Los Angeles Welfare” (63). The power of her family shows that she be treated better by the cops and others in the
The novel Go Ask Alice written anonymously tells the story of one girl’s struggle with drug addiction. The conflict in this novel is person versus self. The protagonist is struggling against herself trying to overcome addiction. The mood is depressing. The main character reveals how drugs ruined her life, which evokes depressed feelings in the reader. The point of view is first person. This is a publishing of a teenage girl’s diary and she wrote in first person. The conflict, mood, and point of view make this book a work of realistic fiction.
Alice falls down the rabbit hole in such a way that allowed her to contemplate the amount of time she was falling; she felt as if she was falling “slowly” (Carroll 10). This is where things start to become quite switched up. Alice falling down the rabbit hole like this plays into memory because she had never fell in such a way before, her memory having no recollection of a fall ever being like that. This was the first fallacy of many to come of Alice’s memory. Another example of the inconsistency of Alice’s memory is her constant height changes. When Alice drank from the bottle that read “drink me” to the two sides of the mushroom, everything she ate changed her size. This caused her to be somewhat confused as to who she was; Alice wondered if she were some of her classmates from school rather than herself (Carroll 180). With the change of her size, Alice assumes she can not be herself anymore. Because she has no memory of who she is. in regards to her body, this reveals how infallible memory is in Alice’s Adventure’s in
Here she finds a strange caterpillar on a mushroom smoking a hookah. It doesn’t even matter that the caterpillar talks and questions Alice about her identity, the way he looks should be enough for Alice and the audience to question their sanity. Upon being asked who she is by the caterpillar, Alice has no idea anymore. She is becoming as mad as she believes the inhabitants of Wonderland to be. The caterpillar seems to be able to read Alice’s thoughts now ‘Just as if she had asked it aloud’ - which leads us to believe that Alice is so confused about her identity that perhaps her thoughts aren’t even hers anymore. By the end of this chapter we again see characters leave Alice in anger as she insults the caterpillar on his height and scares the pigeon who believes her to be a serpent. The caterpillar and pigeon both found Alice to be very strange indeed, yet their surroundings were absolutely normal to them - which again shows that Alice is the only odd thing in Wonderland and is able to upset the
She had lost her mother, untimely taken by the unforgiving sickness of cancer. Both of them felt the inexplicable grief that came with the loss of such a wonderful woman, dealing with her death in their own ways. Alice turned to art, a therapeutic way to express her feelings while simultaneously uplifting others, her father however, turned to drugs, and after making the heartbreaking discovery of her father’s new habit a few months ago, Alice had made him promise that he would find more effective ways of managing his emotions. She had already lost one parent; she couldn’t take losing too, which was why when her father confessed that he had a drug relapse she had reacted so
At the beginning of the story Alice is a little girl who is very curious, but also quite scared of being alone. First of all, she has an inquiring mind that brings her down the rabbit hole and, even if her way of thinking could remind the adult kind of thoughts, she still acts like a child. A clear example of this kind of behavior is when she finds a bottle with the words “DRINK ME” labeled on. Before drinking f...