The Fault in Our Stars Essays

981 Words Oct 21st, 2013 4 Pages
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” (Act 1. Scene 2. Julius Caesar.) This pensive line was the inspiration behind the title of John Green’s work of fiction, The Fault in Our Stars. The novel follows young Hazel Grace Lancaster, a stage 4 thyroid cancer patient, who makes the acquaintance of Augustus Waters one fateful day at Support Group. Throughout the novel, Hazel Grace takes not only a physical journey but an emotional one. The ups and downs of Hazel’s journey are penned by John Green with a substantial amount of metaphors as well as the supporting characters playing a significant part. Set in present day Indianapolis, and later Amsterdam, The Fault in Our Stars is a complex …show more content…
Also, Hazel describes an old swing set. This could be a metaphor for her childhood and how she wishes she could just go back to it. Before the cancer and all the hardships.The use of figurative language, mainly the water metaphors, helps the reader to understand the characters and the situation in which there in.
As previously stated, the theme of the novel can be stated as the struggles in life and how we can choose what to make of them. We can go about whining and moping over what has occurred or we can make the best of what we have. The structure of the text also helps communicate the theme by expressing a story in which a heartbreaking event is turned into resilient love. A couple of teenagers plagued by cancer fall in love. There’s surely not much that can cover the theme of the novel that well. On that note, John Green possibly wrote the novel for the very purpose to express the theme.
Finally, many question as to why Green chose the title he did, The Fault in Our Stars. In a letter to Augustus, Van Houten writes, “Never was Shakespeare more wrong then when he had Cassius note, ‘the fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars/ But in ourselves.’” This is where Green almost positively developed the title from for, as Van Houten states, there are plenty of faults to be found amid our stars. The title also helps describe the theme. We don’t choose what

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