Fault In Our Stars Essay

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John Green is an American author, grown up in Orlando, Florida. He is known around the globe as the New York Times-bestseller of novels like Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and The Fault In Our Stars. In addition, his books have been published in several languages. John Green was the 2006 recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award, a 2009 Edgar Award winner, and has twice been the finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

The Fault In Our Stars was published for the first time in 2012. The novel is based on the story of a young teenage girl, named Hazel Grace Lancaster. Hazel is diagnosed with lung cancer and attends a weekly support group. One day at a session she meets Augustus Waters ...view middle of the document...

Hazel has a lot of affection towards her father and mother, even though their relationship gets tense frequently during argumentation and disagreement.

Hazel is kind, expressive and faithful. She is full of love and friendliness. Her true personality is presented when she meets Augustus Waters randomly, one day at a Support Group meeting. Likewise, later at their common friend Isaac's place. From first eye-cast Hazel and Augustus are physically attracted to each other. With time they develop a special bond based on love, friendship and resemblance. “And then we were kissing. My hand let go of the oxygen cart and I reached up for his neck, and he pulled me up by my waist onto my tiptoes” (203).

All of her acquaintances know her as an intelligent and intellectual girl. “Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten […] and this will have been for naught [..] There was a time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be a time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it” (13). This extract is taken from when Hazel continued on Augustus's speech about his fears during a Support Group session in front of everyone.

The narrative paints a confident picture of Hazel during multiple circumstances in the novel. It is evidently illustrated when she simply talks to foreigners about her lifelong battle with cancer and the damage it has caused her body. “And I said, ''Um, it's called a cannula''. These tubes give me oxygen and help me breathe''. Her mother swooped in and said, ''Jackie'', disapprovingly, but I said, ''No no, it's okay'', because it totally was [..]” (47). This abridgment is from when Hazel met a little, inquisitive girl at the shopping center. The girl even got to try the cannula herself.

The typical stereotype is that a child with cancer with the knowledge of its soon death must be unhappy, depressed, sad and weak. In reality this is the summary of many human lives in the world, but not for Hazel. In contrast, she uses her time watching TV with her mother, go shopping with her friend and falling in love with a boy. Hazel goes through many obstacles, some which her heart can barely take. Although, she has a positive outlook on life and tries her best to live “normal”.

As the story progresses, Hazel falls in love with Augustus as mentioned earlier. However, he soon dies as a result of his cancer developing, killing him after a few days. “Augustus Waters died eight days after his prefuneral, at Memorial, in the ICU, when the cancer, which was made of him, finally stopped his heart, which was also made of him” (261). The author has given Hazel an incredible attribute to deal with challenging moments throughout her journey. She was devastated about Augustus dyeing. In the end, she knew that this was the only form of preventing his pain and giving his soul peace. In the book she uses the time after Augustus's death to support his...

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