You can live life as a ghost, waiting for death to come, or you can dance.
Character vs. Self
Character vs. Nature
Josef's mom has fallen into a state of shock, oblivious to the pain. She wants Josef to dance with her, but he has other things to worry about.
This is Isabel on the boat pulling up to Miami. She is happy because she made it to the US, but sad because Ivan didn't ."Isabel cried again for Ivan...her tears for him were mixed with relief that she would make it to the states...that made her feel guilty and cry even harder." - page 243
This is Mahmoud treading in the dark, cold water as it started to rain. "The rain began again, the awful, pelting, deadening rain...They were drowning in tears." - page 180. He just gave Hana away to someone in a boat to keep her from drowning.