Role Of Self-Destruction In Turtles All The Way Down And The Awakening

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Self-destruction, the worst thing someone can do to themselves. It is hard, it is painful, it is physically and emotionally exhausting. Self-destruction is just as common as it is uncommon and there is no one way to diagnose someone with the intent of self-destruction. Self-destruction can mean several things. Between someone tearing themselves down, someone else teasing someone and that person taking it to heart and being a threat to themselves. Two stories, one subject: Self-Destruction. Self-destruction refers to a dysfunction in a person’s fundamental relationship with life or a person fears that something is missing from life, and so constantly needs to have more (Prezi.com, 2018). Turtles all the Way Down by John Green and The Awakening …show more content…
Edna is not as responsible as she should be, displaying our first action of self-destruction. She is irresponsible, untrustworthy and childish. She knows her life is boring unless she acts the way she acts. She acts out, seeks drama, passion and spontaneity, making people like her less and less and she does not give herself the time of day to keep herself from being in trouble with people or herself.
Aza, the main character in Turtles all the Way Down, shows a much more obvious sign of self-destruction. Aza feels uncomfortable in her body, she wishes to be someone else without saying it. She never wants anyone to know how she feels or how she feels that way because she does not know herself why she feels that way. Aza is trapped inside her own body and constantly worried about everything. She would like to find an escape from her life and try to be “normal” (Green, J.
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She is not the girl who hurts herself on purpose. She goes to counseling, she takes medicine, so the reader would think that something would be working. But Aza will nott open up and really talk, so, she destroys her body and her confidence. If that were not enough, she had to go back to school and face Davis and her other friends. She decides to destroy her own heart and tell Davis she can not handle their relationship because she is not normal and it is not worth it because she can not be around him without thinking that she is going to die of a disease. Aza has ultimately ruined her own self imagine and has ruined her friendships and relationships because she can not keep herself from thinking. All she wants is to be a normal person and have what she wants without her body rejecting it. Between the nervous tick, the drinking hand sanitizer and her nervousness, she completely destroyed herself trying to fix herself without anyone's help. She continues to live with it to this day and everyday she has to deal with it (Green, J. 2017).
As people develop and begin to find who they are, they also begin to tear themselves down. As it is seen in characters in a book, it is seen in teenagers and older men and women all around the world at all possible times. It is nothing that can exactly be stopped, but someone should always try to keep an eye out for signs that someone could be hurting themselves

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