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Go Ask Alice



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Key Facts

full title · Go Ask Alice

author · Anonymous (some believe it is Beatrice Sparks, one of the editors)

type of work · Non-fiction diary

genre · Bildungsroman (coming-of-age); epistolary; drug-alcohol

language · English

time and place written · late 1960s, The United States

date of first publication · 1971

publisher · Avon Books

narrator · Alice

climax · Alice is freed from the mental hospital and decides to commit her life to staying clean and helping others

protagonist · Alice

antagonist · Drugs; society as a whole

setting (time) · Late 1960s

setting (place) · An unidentified college town; San Francisco/Berkeley; Oregon

point of view · Alice's first-person diary entries

falling action · The epilogue reveals that Alice died of an overdose several weeks after her last diary entry

tense · Immediate past tense

foreshadowing · Alice's nightmares about maggots and worms eating her grandparents' corpses materialize in her overdose-driven hallucinations.

tone · Alternating between naïve and world-weary

themes · Difficulty of communication; problems of adolescent identity

motifs · Counterculture and drugs; sexual assault

symbols · Maggots and worms

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