the resistance of underlings

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Book Reviewof The Fault In Our Stars The quote,"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars.But in ourselves, that we are underlings."of Shakespeare is where the book's name comes from.While this time the fault is actually in our stars. The Fault In Our Stars,written by American author John Green,doesn't talk about politics or economy even without so much as grand ideas.It's just about cancer,narrating the story of two cancerous adolescents falling in love and then falling apart.Death is the alpha and omega of the whole book,but it's the one of the most affectionate books that I've ever seen. Hazel Grace,the heroine aged 17,suffered lung cancer in terminal stage.Late in the winter of her seventeenth year,her mother decided she was depressed,presumably because she rarely left the house,ate like birds and devoted quite a lot of her abundant time to thinking about death.To help her out of this depression,she was forced to Support Group at her mother’s insistence.At Support Group...

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Book Reviewof The Fault In Our Stars The quote,"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars.But in ourselves, that we are underlings."of Shakespeare is where the book's name comes from.While this time the fault is actually in our stars. The Fault In Our Stars,written by American author John Green,doesn't talk about politics or economy even without so much as grand ideas.It's just about cancer,narrating the story of two cancerous adolescents falling in love and then falling apart.Death is the alpha and omega of the whole book,but it's the one of the most affectionate books that I've ever seen. Hazel Grace,the heroine aged 17,suffered lung cancer in terminal stage.Late in the winter of her seventeenth year,her mother decided she was depressed,presumably because she rarely left the house,ate like birds and devoted quite a lot of her abundant time to thinking about death.To help her out of this depression,she was forced to Support Group at her mother’s insistence.At Support Group ,which featured a rotating cast of characters to tell their cancer-battling experience,she bumped into her destiny,Augustus Waters. Augustus Waters,who had a little touch of tumor in the leg,is the 18-year-old hero.He made it through the first attack of cancer and went to Support Group with his friend Isaac,who was another patient. Hazel and Augustus made their acquaintance at Support Group and then the same background bonded them together tightly.They shared feelings with each other,enjoyed the company of each other and above all they adored each other fervently. But the world is not a wish-granting factory and pains demand to be felt.This love in the shadow of death was bound to be a race between life and time.And to everybody’s sorrow,Augustus,who just got a touch of cancer at the beginning,was defeated by it in the end,unexpectedly leaving Hazel toface the heartbreaking facts alone. This affection,between the two cancerous young man,is too incandescent to be a cheesy puppy love.It bears far too much than that and what involved in this lovestoryis an exploration and an exposition towards humanity on the edge of dying. In the first place ,Hazel attempted to save Augustus from being in love with her because she did not want get one more person hurt by her impending fragmentation.Instead of letting it be,Augustus insisted that life should be fulfilled even if you might get grueling pains when the limited days ran out.He once told Hazel,“I am in love with you,and I know that love is just a shout into void,and that oblivion is inevitable,and that we are all doomed and that there will come a day then all our labor has been returned to dust,and I know the sun will swallow the only sun we will ever have,and I am in love with you.”Let us suppose,if you were on the edge of dying or told that ‘there are not many days for you’,would you have the courage and resolution to chase the things you have been wanting?Indeed,under that circumstances achieving something would turn out to be a vain attempt to most people. However,in the long run,which is really long enough,we are all doomed into dust and it all seems vain attempts and efforts what we are doing here and now.In that sense,it is actually a cost-efficient deal to be a passer-by of life,paying no extra efforts and gaining no more feelings.But is that really the case?Of course not. Because to we human being, some finite is larger than infinite. For Hazel and Augustus,their expression of love was to write eulogy for each other and the trip to Amsterdam was their Last Wish.Both of them,however,never faltered in their determination to confront the coming death together.At such moments,all that they could do was to recapture the finite happiness around them and accordingly they did it.Even after Augustus’s death,Hazel never regretted it for playing this fruitless story out.On the contrary,she was grateful for Augustus offering her numerous gifts withing the numbered days.To some degree, Hazel and Augustus amounted to the unluckiest person on earth,but on the other end of the spectrum,they presented a good lesson to usthat we all should make the most of what we have and cherish the moment we are up to. Affection alone ,nevertheless,is not enough to constitute a remarkable book.Virtually,The Fault In Our Stars is a admixture of family love,attitude towards death and the meaning of life,all of which evokes my deep thinking. In this book,family ties in the two cancerous teenagers’ family are strong enough to make a profound impression on me.Hazel was always clear about that her illness was the root of her family’s misfortune and adversity.There is only one thing in the world worse than suffering from cancer when you are junior,and that is having a child who suffering from it.Hazel’s mother could not work because she had taken on the full-time profession of Hovering Over Hazel.From Hazel’s thirteen,she was always ready to lend a hand to her daughter at any time and she tried so hard to relieve her daughter with a forced smile which was nearly rigid.She could not get paid or get any benefits for herself by taking care of Hazel.But she was willing to do so.Unconditional love,I think, does exist and it is exemplified by what Hazel’s mother did. Upon death,neither of the hero and heroine expressed their fear toward it directly.It is said that there is only two kinds of emotion in the world,love and fear.After deliberation,I want to put it this way,there is only two kinds of primary-emotion in the human’s spiritual world,love and fear,whose analogue in natural science is three-primal color.It is the compounds of love and fear that lead us to have others feelings.To Hazel,the chance of dying was not more intriguing than one question. Hazel was obsessed with one book called An Imperial Affliction and she read it over and over again.An Imperial Affliction told a story about a young cancerous girl named Anna after whose death the story halted and ended with an unfinished sentence.Then the subsequent life of Anna’s family became a mystery without a clue which haunted Hazel for years.As far as I can tell ,Hazel’s concern about her family’s life after her departing accounts for her the strong will to find out the answer to that mystery.As for Augustus, when asked what was his fear,“oblivion”replied he.Before getting one of his legs cut,Augustus earned himself an good collection of awards.It was nearly unbearable for such an aspiring man to leave the world without leaving a mark on it.What bothered Augustus most was not death but being another unremembered casualty in the ancient and inglorious war against disease. From their story,I gradually figure out that,most of time,we do not fear death itself but fear its side effect,like misery we might bring to our beloved ,pain ,depression and oblivion. What comes to you when you are thinking about the meaning of life?Being world-renowned,bequeathing a legacy or outlasting death?For quite a long time,we were all told those above are the essence of living.But when I was reading the book,it occurred to me that certain needs must be met before you can have other kinds of needs and ofthem physiological needs is the basic.Until your physiological needs are satisfied,you can not even worry about security or social needs,let alone “self-actualization”,which is when you start to ,study art , work on science or think about morality .In reality nearly all the people give us advice on how to pursue a decent life goal and how to become a renowned celebrity .No doubt, if all of us could have achieved this goal, we will have greater chances to own anything we ever want, but as it was to be a celebrity is destined to be an exclusive career.And it might be nearer the truth to say that most of us are going to live his or her own life as common people.Unfortunately,no one ever told us how to spend our life in a pose of common people.When your basic needs are never able to be satisfied and accordingly you are not allowed to pursue a decent goal ,does it really mean you are not allowed to deserve a meaningful life?No. As the author John Green said in this book,we do have to cling to millions of admirers,sometimes just several intimates can work and work better.In other words maybe all of us do not have the privilege to be loved widely but all of us do have the privilege---nay, right--- to be loved deeply. The Fault In Our Stars,exploring the tender,thrilling,and tragic business of being alive and in love,gives me a bittersweet reading experience,simple but profound.We,even as the underlings of human evolution and even when the fault is in our stars,should and must make our life be a unique one.

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