Hazel Grace Lancaster is the main character and narrator of the novel The Fault in Our Stars. In the novel, Hazel is 16 years old and has been dealing with thyroid cancer for three years. She is very close to her parents but has mostly removed herself from the friendships she had prior to being diagnosed with cancer. This essay will examine Hazel Grace Lancaster as a character and how her experiences have influenced her personality. Hazel is a precocious and clever teenager that is unafraid of challenging baseless social conventions and takes joy in poking fun at clichés.
1. Hazel Grace Lancaster is a strong individual for various reasons. First of all, she has survived three years of thyroid cancer. This goes without saying, but when a person is ill with an incurable illness, it can cause them to become mentally unstable, ”
Hazel Grace Lancaster is a headstrong person and is unafraid of conflict. Firstly, she challenges baseless social conventions, such as that “people with cancer are strong” (chapter 11), Hazel acknowledges the fact that most get weaker rather than stronger, both mentally and physically. Secondly, she is unafraid of voicing her opinion on matters of great importance, “…if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you (Augustus), I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does” (p.13). She argues that if Augustus truly fears oblivion, he might as well ignore it, because there is no point in worrying about the inevitable, and “worry is yet another side effect of dying” (chapter 5). Also,
Hazel Grace Lancaster is a very kind person for three primary reasons. Firstly, she worries more about the grief her death will cause, “I wanted to make my parents happy” (chapter 1), than her own impending doom. After all, “There is only one thing in this world shittier than biting it from cancer when you’re sixteen (Hazel), and that’s having a kid who bites it from cancer (Hazels’ parents)” (chapter 1), and she doesn’t want her mother to no longer “be a mother” (chapter 24). Also, Hazel thinks she is “the alpha and omega of my parents’ suffering” (chapter 8), which means she is the essence of their suffering, and they would lead much more cheerful and fortunate lives had she not been born. Thirdly, Hazel aspires to “…minimize the number of deaths I (Hazel) am responsible for” (chapter 2), as such, she does not eat meat in an attempt to cause as little suffering as possible. To sum up, Hazel is a very kind person because she is selfless; Hazel cares about all other living beings, human or otherwise, and tries to cause as little harm and suffering as possible.
3. Hazel is very smart and precocious
4. Throughout the novel, Hazel grows and becomes a wiser and stronger version of her former self. Firstly, when Augustus questions whether or not Hazel is “…one of those people that becomes their disease” (chapter 2) she realizes that she has allowed the cancer to rule her life. After this epiphany, she starts opening up to people around her and starts making new friends, such as Augustus and Isaac. Furthermore, her perspective on the meaning of life changes aswell. Initially
Hazel is a precocious and clever teenager that is unafraid of challenging baseless social conventions and takes joy in poking fun at clichés.