The Hidden Purpose of ‘Turtles All The Way Down’

I have a conspiracy theory.

You think that John Green’s new young-adult novel Turtles All The Way Down is about Aza Holmes and her struggle with mental illness. There is also a B-plot, a teen detective story, about hunting down a rich guy who has disappeared. But maybe there’s another angle.

You may think I’m crazy, and I certainly think I am, but I have been joining a few dots here, and have come up with a far-out C- or Z-plot, or ‘hidden, mega-cryptic, secret-club-no-girls-allowed’ message or purpose that John Green has buried in the way-down-deep of the novel.

Now first of all, fellow Nerdfighters, yes I am very much aware of John Green’s stated positions on authorial intent and ownership of his books once published. I know that he always says books belong to the readers, and he has let them go and we shouldn’t bother too much with what he intended. But you know what – I don’t care. Just follow me on this breadcrumb trail and see what you think when I’ve taken you to the end.

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Hobbesian Morality in “Lord of the Flies”

If you were bored in high school english class studying the symbolism in Lord of the Flies, fear not, I shan’t be rehashing that. What I will do instead is liken LOTF to a work of philosophy, Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes, and show how they are essentially the exact same book.

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