John Green uses chacterization to make Gus and Hazel the people they are. They are both amazing but cancer-filled teens that are so about each other. They both have fears, but in the end they love each other so much. “Hi, so okay, I don’t know if you’ll understand this but I can’t kiss you or anything… when I try to look at you like that, all I see is what I’m going to put you through” (101).
Hazel's conditions are described and by hearing these it makes you actually feel how she feels and lives with cancer. "From the dark fluid draining from Hazel's chest to a bag to a dream in which she is "alone and boatless in a huge lake," (p.301).
It takes a lot of courage to be a teen with cancer. "People talk about the courage of cancer patients, and I do not deny that courage. I have been poked and stabbed and poisoned for years, and still I trod on," (135).
This shows how Hazel was thinking about her past. “When you go into the ER, one of the first things they ask you to do is rate your pain on a scale of one to ten... I'd been asked this question hundreds of times over the years, and I remember once early on when I couldn't get my breath and it felt like my chest was on fire, flames licking the inside of my ribs fighting for a way to burn out of my body... and I couldn't even speak, so I held up nine fingers..."You know how I know you're a fighter? You called a ten a nine." (10). This shows how Hazel was thinking about her past.
One day after support group, Gus pulls out a box of cigarettes and puts one in his mouth. Hazel of course, gets upset and then he tells her its a metaphor. "'They don't kill you unless you light one,' (34).
Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. Penguin Books, 2014.