The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green

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What are at least two traits of Hazel Grace? 

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Let's start with a few obvious and simple character traits for Hazel.  Hazel is a sixteen year old female with cancer, but she doesn’t let the cancer define and rule her life.  Yes, it causes her to act certain ways, but she also doesn’t wallow in her own world of depression due to knowing that she is dying.  One character trait that I deeply appreciate about Hazel is just how selfless she is.  She is very self-conscious about her impact on other people, and she doesn’t want to be a burden in life or in death. One of her biggest concerns is how much her death will hurt her mom, and Hazel wants to minimize that.  

There is only one thing in this world shittier than biting it from cancer when you're sixteen, and that's having a kid who bites it from cancer.

In addition to being a selfless and loving character, Hazel is also a very confident girl.  She simply doesn’t care what the world thinks.  She doesn’t try to “be cool” and follow trends.  She is confident in herself and her self-image.  Her short pixie haircut is a reflection of that attitude.  Hazel doesn’t try to hide this attitude and confidence from other characters either.  In chapter three, Hazel bluntly tells her mother that she simply doesn’t care to try to fit in with everything.  

"I take quite a lot of pride in not knowing what's cool."

I would be remiss if I didn’t say that another of Hazel's character traits is her bravery.  She’s dying from cancer, but she doesn’t wallow in fear and self pity.  She embraces the life that she has, and she is constantly working to make the best of a bad situation.  Given the same situation, I hope that I could be as positive and brave as Hazel.

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Hazel Grace Lancaster, the protagonist of The Fault in Our Starsis presented as a relatable yet profound character who is negotiating her relationship with life, death, and cancer. We gather that Hazel is intelligent, or at least very self-motivated, as she is already enrolled in college courses at the age of sixteen. Hazel is also very mature, but sadness ages a person in certain ways. Hazels' sense of self-awareness and morality is surprising to many people who meet her. For example, Augustus' parents are surprised when Hazel explains that she is a vegetarian because she wants to minimize the amount of suffering she causes in the world. I think that Hazel could also be described as brave. She is not afraid to speak up when she disagrees with someone and had the courage to go all the way to Amsterdam to meet her favorite author. 

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