At first, she is depressed and is hopeless about her life. She tries to avoid meeting people and making new friends in the Support Group. She is conscious and always think that she’s a grenade, since she might lose her life anytime. She hopes to bring less harm to the world and everyone around her because of her existence.
So she is feared of getting close to anyone, except for her parents who love her to the maximum, hey are actually her best friends, this shows that she is extremely introverted and self-abased. As the story goes on, she falls in love with Augustus Waters, a boy whom she met in the Support Group. Hazel’s attitudes towards life have been changed since they start their relationship. She realizes that she should be enjoying life when time still allows her to do so. She cherishes the time when they are together, and feels extremely grateful for meeting such a wonderful lover who teaches her the meaning of living.
I think Hazel is a considering teenager, but way too considering in a bad way though. Not wanting to hurt others is a good and admirable action, but when this comes to an extreme which leads her to be introverted, and even does not want to talk and communicate with anyone, this becomes a threat to her life, it causes her to become more unsociable. Augustus Waters A 17 year old boy who lost one of his leg because of osteoporosis(a kind of cancer). He is a great example in proving that any physical issue will not affect how people lives mentally.
He is very passionate and optimistic, and has a positive attitude towards his life, which is exactly different from Hazel Grace. He falls in love with Hazel when they meet in the Support Group, he is very romantic and does everything to get Hazel. This 17 year old boy has strong ability to cheer Hazel up, and even changes Hazel’s depressing thoughts on her cancer. His quotes in the book is memorable. Also, he is a metaphor lover, he often use metaphors to explain his action, eventually to bring out a deep meaning.
In the middle of the book, his cancer suddenly returns which no one has even though of. Thought he dies in the end, he fully proves that having cancer is nothing if you have a calm and peaceful heart. When facing his hardships, he does not give up and continues to strive for what he wants. He hopes to live his life to the fullest together with the one he loves, Hazel. From this, we can see that how Augustus treasures their relationship and how he demonstrates what true love is. QUOTES AND METAPHORS There is a lot of metaphors in this book, adding more in depths meaning to the whole story.
The main characters use metaphors to answer each others’ questions about feelings generated towards each other and how do they feel about themselves as both cancer patients and extraordinary teenagers. ) Augustus’ Cigarettes Cause Hazel is so irritated and disappointed when she sees Augustus (a cancer guy) taking out and placing a cigarette into his mouth. His reply “They don’t actually hurt you unless you light them. It’s a metaphor. You put the thing that does the killing right between your teeth, but you never give it the power to kill you, a metaphor,” he says.
His reply shows that he is trying to control his cancer, he wants to show that he is the one who takes control over his own body but not the cancer. He is doing this because he needs to remind himself that he is the owner of his odd, so he must not let the virus of the cancer which is his enemy to take over him and get the best of him. 2) Grenade Hazel’s words (1) I’m a grenade and at some point I’m going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties Hazel’s words (2) wanted to not be a grenade, to not be a malevolent force in the lives of people loved.
Hazel thinks that she is a human-grenade. Since her time on earth is limited, she doesn’t want to hurt others’ feelings so much when her time is up. So she hopes to keep a distance with everyone around her. So when she dies, people ill not remember her and will not have to live in pain and sadness because of her death. For Hazel, considering and not hurting others is a major concern. She rather to be antisocial and sad alone in home than going out and making new friends, ending up hurting people who love her.
EXPECTATION Before reading the book, have read some comments about it, and I thought The Fault In Our Stars was just an ordinary book to motivate and teach people to live a better life and such. I knew this was about some cancer kids, and I did not really expect much, since I thought it would be a book that told adders how hard were the lives of cancer patients. SUMMARY 1. Hazel Grace was desperate 2. Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters meet in the Support Group 3. They fall in love with each other 4. They start to date and go on adventures 5.
They both go to Amsterdam to find the author of Imperial Affliction, which is the book that link them together 6. They go back home 7. Augustus’ cancer returns, while Hazel’s doesn’t 8. The situation of Augustus gets worse 9. Augustus dies REFLECTION After reading this book, I was crying nonstop because I did not even have a slight Of thought that Augustus would die in the end. In the book, it’s always mentioned that how Hazel’s situation is worse than Augustus’, and somehow she is the one who is expected to die first from cancer.
In other words, no one expected Augustus to die. Life is unpredictable, you do not know what is going to happen on you in next second. Life itself it a mystery, you cannot foretell your future, so as no one. When will you leave Earth? You have no idea totally. Though Hazel’s time is limited, she chooses to enjoy her life and makes use the best of her life. We can see that how long we SURVIVE is just rubbish, the most important is how long we have LIVED our life.
Though we cannot choose how long we have, what we can only do is to live our lives the way we want and to the very very fullest. We do owe the freedom to decide to “live” our lives or just to “exist”. Also, we have to treasure what we have, especially our parents and friends, when time still allows us to do so. Many of the cancer-free individuals haven’t understood this. From the book, have learnt that everyone must have a time that we leave here in the end, so do not just merely “survive” until a disease suddenly strikes you and you realize that you have so much left undone.