What is the Great Perhaps?
I’ve heard it vaguely mentioned in a book by John Green. A man’s last words were “I’m off into the Great Perhaps.” and the main character wanted to find the Great Perhaps before he died.
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The French Renaissance writer Francois Rabelais used the expression to refer to a “future State.”
Rabelais actual, final words were supposedly these: “I have nothing, I owe a great deal, and the rest I leave to the poor.” and “I am off in search of a great perhaps.”
maybe he meant he was off to the great, perhaps, like he was saying maybe he was going into something great, I dont know…
Yes, that was the man!
I was just wondering what others would think.
So I was right?
“I have nothing, I owe a great deal, and the rest I leave to the poor.” and “I am off in search of a great perhaps.”
if thats what he said i think he means that after death is unsure. no one can explain what its going to be like or what will happen to you.
another of rabelais’s last words are said to be “Bring down the curtain, the farce is played out.” so there
mabye he mean the place that is a the biggest unknowen the place everyone says What is it? or DEATH
Francois Rabelais was a famous critic of the Rennaisance Church, so I take his last words to mean that nobody can say for certain anything about a life after death. Maybe he recognized his own uncertainty about a life after death, and in saying that he seeks a “great perhaps” maybe he means that he is seeking the heaven that may be. He must have been an open minded atheist to leave room for uncertainty.
Wow, that’s a great explanation. Thank you.
Although it’s been a while since I asked that question.
I wanted to know too.
What the Great perhaps is.
I wanted to know exactly what Pudge was serching for in his going to Culver Creek.
The Great Perhaps is the manifestation of what is to come. Whether it is the next day, the next week, or your next life. It is a great perhaps. a great mystery.
The Great Perhaps is referring to the future and all the possibilities it brings. Its great because you never know what it will bring, and also because it comes with change. If nothing changes then it is easily predictable. Pudge went in search of the great perhaps of what he could become if he found somewhere new, he wasn’t happy with the life he had so he altered it to find a new outcome and what was to come of it, would be his “perhaps.”
THE GREAT PERHAPS: the anythings and everythings of the world, the paths we go and the possibilities which they may or may not lead too. I love this and most days I find myself thinking about all the ways and possibilities that may occur by doing a certain thing. Its quite amazing to think that every day has the potential to go any way you choose, and the people you may meet and the oppitunities you can gain by going a different way.
mebbe he was refering to death ?
We don’t know what the Great Perhaps is. John Green didn’t specify. The reader can generate ideas of what the Great Perhaps is, but no where in the book is there a solid definition of the term.
In the “Some Last Words on Last Words” section, John said “I was born into Bolivar’s labyrinth, so I must believe in the hope of Rabelais’s Great Perhaps.” Because he said this, it is my belief that the Great Perhaps isn’t only the Perhaps of death, but the Perhaps of how to escape from the “labyrinth”. And in some cases (cough cough, Alaska, cough cough), the Perhaps of death and the Perhaps of escape were the same thing.
I don’t think anyone can ever really know what is going on in another man’s head and as these are supposedly dying words, I don’t think anyone can be sure. I have only read the quote in ‘Looking for Alaska’ so I know virtually nothing of the man himself but I always thought that the ‘Great Perhaps’ was the question everyone asks. Is there life after death? It is impossible to imagine ourselves not existing and I’m sure everyone has asked this at one point or another but no-one can ever really know because so far it is impossible to bring people back from the dead. Thus, the Great Perhaps.
I read ‘Looking for Alaska’ and after reading I always wanted to understand the meaning of the Great perhaps. Until I realized the Great perhaps is the unknown. Its like how humans always want to know what happens after we die, the possibilities are endless. It is the same with the Great Perhaps. The point is to never be certain what it is because in life you can never be certain of anything. In Miles’ case the Great perhaps he was searching for was the adventure of his future. But Alaska was looking for an entirely different Great Perhaps. She was searching for the answer of the way out of the Labyrinth of suffering and the answer to what happens when we no longer exist.
I think, believe even that the great perhaps is Something so big that in the future you won’t regret anything that you did because of that experience, of that you found. Basically because when you are in the future and you look back and you didn’t find that, you start saying “perhaps if I’ve done X maybe everything would have been different”. So to find the “Great Perhaps” is to found something so big in your life that in that future you won’t regret anything because it was worth it, so big that you won’t regret what you’ve done and you look back and you will be happy of the way things went. That’s why in the end when he said: “When she ****** up, all those years ago, just a little girl terrified into paralysis, she collapsed into the enigma of herself. And I could have done that, but I saw where it led for her. So I still believe in the Great Perhaps, and I can believe in it in spite of having lost her.” I think he meant that he found it on her, but because of what happened to her he kept believing in something so big like that.
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