The Slant Of Life Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Some people go through it sooner than others; some people are privileged to live up to 100 years old. But the bottom line about this is that no matter how rich, poor, popular, weird, strange, quite, or loud you are; you will never be able to avoid it. Emily Dickenson’s Poem 258 “The Slant of Life” talks about death, and is also the inspiration to the book “An Imperial Affliction” which is the book within tfios. Emily curses the fact that she has to feel pain, but at the same time also realizes the importance of pain. Without pain and suffering we wouldn’t know what joy is. She believes that, it’s not how we die that matters but rather how we live; and that’s exactly what Hazel and Gus feel. Although Hazel and Gus know death is a possible outcome, since they have cancer in their bodies, they still get anxious, just like we do. “And yet still I worried. I liked being a person. I wanted to keep at it. Worry is yet another side effect of dying. (Chapter 5,Paragraph 4) They didn’t let mortality take over their lives; they did the usual teenage things like flirting, falling in love, and even playing video games. They were always aware of their mortality but they never let it control who they were and whom they were …show more content…
This is also very common in our daily lives, and often leads to frustration and maybe even depression. For Example: You might plan a big trip to Cancun, but your boss calls in and tells you, you have to stay back. This type of things happened to both Hazel and Gus. They planned a big trip to Amsterdam, and were meeting the Author of “An Imperial Affliction” and everything seemed, perfect. They were together, having the time of their lives, and everything seemed so beautiful and right; until they met Peter Van Hauten. He was a completely different person and turned out to be the most selfish, irresponsible and self-centered guy they’ve ever met. This was not only a surprise for both of them but, disappointing. They expected him to be wise, friendly, open-minded, and most importantly for him to give answers about the book. "Of course, I had hoped that Peter Van Hauten would be sane, but the world is not a wish-granting factory." (Chapter 12, Page 182) Hazel is right, the world isn’t a wish-granting factory, and the things that they went through are a perfect example of that.

Yes, because life isn’t perfect, we are the outcome/results of what has happened in our lives in the past and at times in the present. That’s another reason why the book is called “The Fault in Our Stars” because supposedly everything is written in the stars. They didn’t decide to have cancer and they couldn’t get rid of it even if they tried to win the battle; it’s a never-ending battle. Cancer survivors are winners of those battles but they continuously deal with memories and sentiments about the tough trials they went

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