Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Themes & Motifs

Jesse Andrews
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Insecurity and Self-Absorption

The central theme of the novel is Insecurity and Self-Absorption. The journey that Greg’s character takes is defined by his gradual realization that his insecurities are caused by his self-absorption and that until he learns to keep his own anxieties and fears in perspective and realize how much easier he has it than everyone else around him he won’t be able to fully enjoy his life.

At the start of the novel the reader sympathizes with Greg’s insecurities and low self-esteem. The feeling of not fitting in and the anxiety connected with making friends and socializing whilst at high school is something that everyone can identify with. However, as the novel progresses Greg’s insecurities become more irritating especially when compared with the much larger problems that Earl and Rachel have to deal with. When Greg continues to be insecure and...

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