The Fault In Our Stars Character Analysis

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“Conflict is the beginning of consciousness.” - M. Esther Harding
The Fault in Our Stars is a novel written by John Green that displays various conflicts including self vs self, man vs man, and self vs society. Similarly, “Macbeth”, the Salem Witch Trials, and the Short Story - “Borders” contain the same forms of conflicts present in the novel. Conflict is a natural social occurrence that develops when individuals are forced to change as they grow as a person. Each of these stories see a person or group having conflicts that force them to examine their own lives and ultimately change something around them.
The first type of conflict that occurs in the The Fault in Our Stars is when an individual faces a difficult decision, lacks self
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The constant conflict she feels with her body not doing what she wants it to do, ultimately weighs heavily on her mind to the point where she thinks about dying; a feeling that she is used to having.
Hazel sits down for dinner with her parents but feels pretty wounded. Further through the dinner Hazel explains her parents that she is a grenade and that she wants to minimize the amount of casualties getting hurt as Hazel says, ““I’m a grenade,” I said again. “I just wasn’t to stay away from people and read books and think and be with you guys because there’s nothing I can do about hurting you; you’re too invested, so please let me do that, okay? I’m not depressed. I don’t need to get out more. And I can’t be a regular teenager, because I’m a grenade.” (Green, 99) Hazel believes she is like a grenade, meaning she will explode when she dies which will cause pain to everyone around her and for that reason, she does not want to get close to anyone so she doesn’t hurt them. Hazel thinks that the fewer people she hurts, the less mark she will leave on earth which makes her feel more in control over her life which is the opposite of her control over her cancer. By distancing herself, she minimizes the amount of grief and sadness that would be caused after her death.
The topic of afterlife is brought up by Augustus who is Hazel’s friend during his dinner with Hazel in Amsterdam. Augustus admits he believes in the afterlife because he fears oblivion and not having
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