Analysis: So you can see that the cigarette packet’s brand says ‘Hare’ and this alludes to Van Houten’s explanation of Zeno’s paradox. What it symbolises is that both Hazel and Gus were running the race towards death. After Gus’ recurrence news, Hazel with her terminal cancer would probably be considered as the tortoise, and Gus, the hare. Although Gus did beat her in the race towards death, the distance to the finish never did shorten – since Hazel had terminal cancer. It only grew shorter. Gus’ death was inevitable. So Hazel wouldn’t be able to catch up to him but only decrease the distance between the day Gus died and the day she will die.