| Quote #1
"Don't tell me you're one of those people who becomes their disease." (2.70)
Is it possible to separate yourself from your disease? Do Hazel, Augustus, and Isaac identify completely with cancer?
| Quote #2
I understood: No wasting good lungs on a hopeless case. (8.14)
Can your identity be controlled by those around you? Hazel's well-meaning doctors see her as a "hopeless case," so does that make her feel more like one?
| Quote #3
"Hazel is such an inspiration to me […] She just keeps fighting the battle, waking up every morning and going to war without complaint. She's so strong. She's so much stronger than I am. I just wish I had her strength." (9.14)
Well, what else would you do if you had cancer? Ignore it? Give in to it? Hazel hates this kind of rhetoric and finds it condescending.