Symbolism In The Fault In Our Stars By John Green

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“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.” This quote taken from The Fault in Our Stars, written by John Green, succinctly expresses how grief has influenced Kurt Vonnegut 's writing. John Green, a modern day author, can compare to Kurt Vonnegut,a writer from the 1930s, as authors from all time periods are prone to incorporate personal experiences and grief into writing. Vonnegut 's life experiences of losing one 's mother and sister, lacking a dependable father figure, and being traumatized by serving in World War II are depicted through the author 's writing through symbolism. Among all the tragedies Vonnegut endured throughout life, the first dealt with Kurt Vonnegut Sr. falling into severe depression after …show more content…
Before the Great Depression, the family was fairly wealthy,but after Vonnegut 's father lost the job, the family 's wealth diminished. As a result of this, the family was never the same after the Great Depression to due Vonnegut 's parents ' despondent reactions to it. In the short story, "The Honor of the Newsboy", Charley Hedlund,the police, represents a father figure due to the lack of one in Vonnegut 's life. Charley took on the father figure for the newsboy because the newsboy 's father was a coward, and therefore not a strong role model for the boy. Charley Howes cared about the newsboy and did not want the newsboy 's feelings to get hurt by what Earl Hedlund 's callous insults. In this excerpt from the short story, the consternation Charley felt towards the newsboy being disrespected signified feelings of compassion towards the boy, "Charley was glad he hadn 't …show more content…
's architecture business in the Great Depression, and died the day before Mother 's Day due to overdose on sleeping pills. Afterwards, Alice Adams, Vonnegut 's sister, died of cancer. The death of both of these women brought great disheartenment to Vonnegut due to the close relationship the author held with the ladies. Consequently, the story "Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow", revolves around a world where people are able to take a drug that stops aging and death. The troubled author copes with the loss these women by creating a world where death and disease have been eradicated. Incidentally, this fictional society is suffering with a problem of overpopulation due to the fact that all diseases have been cured and taking a simple and cheap drug called anti-gerasone can halt the aging process. The older people refuse to succumb so the new generations that are being born lack resources or space to thrive. Furthermore, the people in the story simply live and enjoy life yet fail to actually do anything productive or contribute anything to the world. Em, a character in the story stated, " Sometimes I wish folks just up and died as regular as clockwork, without anything to say about it, instead of deciding themselves how long they 're going to stay around. There ought to be a law against selling the stuff to anybody over one hundred and fifty"(Vonnegut,201). Even though

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