In the famous novel, An Abundance of Katherines, John Green reveals the true meaning of the future and how to treat the present. Colin, a child prodigy, is the main character in the novel, An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. Colin is constantly working on learning a new language or reading a recent book that he has lost touch of what truly matters. After dating Katherine XIX and then being dumped by her, he and his best friend, Hassan, go on a road trip, looking to fulfill something greater. Colin and Hassan soon meet Lindsey Lee Wells and work for her mother, Hollis. Colin begins writing a theorem that predicts relationships. He soon begins working day after day on his project. While this occurs, Colin begins spending time with Lindsey. They share secrets in her secret cave and they begin to become more than friends. As Lindsey and Colin begin to date, Colin uses his theorem to predict their relationship as a couple. He becomes worried when he finds out that she will dump him in just three days. After the third day of their relationship comes to a close, them still as a couple, Colin learns that love is greater than any theorem. Colin realizes that becoming a genius is not important; it is those around you that make you important.
Craggy: rugged, harsh, and rough
Ambience: the mood of a milieu
preemptively: a measure against something possible, anticipated, or feared
In the entire books plot, we saw a problem between Hassan and Colin. Colin continued to pry Hassan on why he did not want to go to college. Every single time Colin brought up the subject, Hassan would yell, "Dingleberries." This word was used between Hassan and Colin to tell the other person when to stop talking about a subject. When someone yelled, "Dingleberries," the other person would have to stop the conversation. Colin was always angered that Hassan did not want to go to college, and the topic soon became fuzzy between the two of them. At the end of chapter seventeen, the problem was solved. Hassan told Colin that he had enrolled in two college classes for the fall. The two were excited to have found a happy medium between what they both wanted!
Anger is a main theme in this chapter of An Abundance of Katherines. We find out that TOC is cheating on Lindsey with Katrina, which not only angers Lindsey, but sets off TOC's fiery anger. When Lindsey finds out, she storms off, but TOC gets so mad that he holds on. As JATT, SOCT, Colin, and Hassan all try to let Lindsey free, TOC begins badly beating all of the others. Clearly, this chapter is full of anger.
Text to Self: In this chapter of An Abundance of Katherines, hog hunting in the forest is the setting of the entire chapter. I know a lot about hunting like TOC and Lindsey. My uncle loves to hunt and tells me about it all the time. We learn that TOC's dad knows a lot about hunting as well and is the reason TOC likes it so much.
Text to World: In the novel, we learn that Gutshot is known for its hunting. Many places in the south and eastern areas of the country are known for their hunting as well. People from hunting areas are usually are fond of the activity, like TOC, TOC's dad, and Lindsey.
Text to Text: I have read several chapters of my social studies textbook that talk about hunting. Native Americans used hunting to survive, but also found it as an everyday activity. Most of Gutshot uses hunting not as a survival technique, but as a thrilling activity.
Lindsey Lee Wells had a large role in the plot of chapter fourteen. Her point of view mainly spiked problems with Colin and Hollis. After she showed her secret hideout to Colin, they began to talk in ways that made them seem more than friends. They were headed in the direction of a relationship, but Lindsey's point off view got in the way. Lindsey believed that her soulmate was the other Colin (TOC). She wanted TOC all to herself and seemed very protective over him even though she had a more special relationship with Colin Singleton. Throughout the entire chapter, we saw Lindsey's point of view also pertained to her mother, Hollis. Hollis was selling land to Marcus, which angered Lindsey. When she got home, she heard her mother on an angry phone call. Lindsey was determined to find out more.
Hunting: Tis activity is what separates those from Gutshot and those from Chicago (Hassan and Colin). Gunshot was known for hunting. The boys from Gutshot find a thrill in shooting guns in the forest. Colin and Hassan are from Chicago where hunting is not a favored activity. This separates the two from the others, making it difficult for them to make friends through interests; especially with Colin.
Theorem: The Theorem is how Colin expresses himself. He loves challenges and above all, loves working so hard that, outside his notebook, the world is nonexistent. Colin continuously used the theorem as an excuse to get out of hunting and other things he hated doing.
The Nineteen Katherines: The Nineteen Katherines showed consistency for Colin. Colin needed a life that was stable and did this through dating girls, all of which have the same name.
In chapter twelve, we see the growing relationship between Colin and Lindsey. I believe that John Green did this to show growth throughout the plot of the book. Green reveals how far people can come throughout the course of a novel. He shows how the opposite can come together to accomplish a goal. In their case, the goal was the theorem. Lindsey helped Colin and Colin helped Lindsey. They have come together as great friends, or maybe even more than friends, starting out as the know- it- all who couldn't make friends and the popular, oblivious teenager. Since the beginning, they have both come very far.
Once chapter eleven came to a close we could see that suspense was now a larger factor. There is a slight flashback in chapter eleven named, "the middle (of the middle)". It goes back to the time when Colin was on KranialKidz and back to the time of his studying with Katherine I. At the end of the chapter, we see Colin and Katherine I becoming better friends and we are left off with Katherine I and Colin running off to a cafe together. The suspense lingered as we saw a growing relationship. We were left with the thought of whether or not Katherine I and Colin would once again be a couple.
While reading the end of chapter ten, I could see that John Green was foreshadowing an event pertaining to Lindsey Lee Wells. At the end of the chapter, she and Colin were talking about his theorem and how it was not working. Colin asked Lindsey if she had any matches because he was so frustrated with his theorem that he wanted to burn it. Lindsey then said, "You can burn it, but not tonight. I want it for a couple of days."This quotation foreshadows what Green may have in store for the character, Lindsey. It seems John Green may use the theorem to reveal a smarter side of Lindsey Lee Wells.