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The Fault in our Stars

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Created by: Stephanie Melanson
>Hazel is once a content and a healthy young girl who is able to enjoy her life.
>Her life is suddenly altered forever when she is diagnosed with stage IV thyroid cancer.
>She is taken away from her peers to become home schooled. Hazel has allowed her disease to consume her life and her happiness.
>She rarely leaves her house and spends her leisure time rereading old books and thinking about death.
>This has led her mother to believe that she is depressed and she enrolls her in a support group class.
>The support group leader describes that he once had cancer and his mission is to be a mentor towards the ill teenagers.
>While attending this class, she realizes that she is not alone with her cancer and she meets an extraordinary young man. His name is Augustus Waters.
>Augustus has experienced cancer himself and he is now temporarily cured. He has dealt with the feelings that Hazel is experiencing and he leads her away from her depression. Augustus teaches her how to be happy and how to enjoy life again.
>Gus accompanies her to a trip to Amsterdam, where they meet their favorite author.
>Their favorite author, Peter Van Houten, does not reveal the main character's fate in
An Imperial Affliction
. His attitude towards them angers Hazel, and she defends herself in an argument against him.
> Hazel and Augustus's friendship eventually develops and advances into a romance. Gus is able to miraculously change Hazel into her cancer-free self.
>Hazel's mother agrees to become a mentor for teenagers with cancer.
>Augustus's cancer returns and he passes away.
Summary
The Fault in our Stars
greatly displays and demonstrates the theme of courage. Augustus, Hazel, and Isaac have all been battling cancer, and their cancer cases have greatly impacted their daily lives. Since Hazel is diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of thirteen, she is forced to abandon her old and healthy lifestyle. Her time is spent receiving cancer treatments, instead of attending school with her friends. Even though she is faced with different lifestyle changes, she is able to find enjoyment in her life. For example, she is willing to attend support group with other teenage cancer victims. She is willing to accept that her disease is now apart of her. Not only does she display the theme of courage, but Augustus also displays the theme of courage. For example, Gus is also a teenage cancer victim. He does not allow his cancer to control his life. He found happiness in helping other cancer victims. He is able to help Hazel to realize that her cancer can not control who she is and that she can still enjoy her favorite pastimes. He is also able to help his friend Isaac in the process of healing from a broken heart. He explained to Isaac that he is not abnormal because of his cancer. Augustus further demonstrates his maturity and courage during their trip to Amsterdam. Augustus discovers that his cancer returns and that he can lose his battle with this disease. Despite this horrific news, Gus is still able to remain calm and his main priority is to help Hazel to enjoy her trip. His main goal is to make her happy. Augustus eventually passes away, but Hazel is able to overcome her sadness and she knows that their love will never die. Based on the explanations below,
The Fault in our Stars
is an excellent example of using the theme of courage.

Theme
Hazel is first introduced as a seemingly depressed individual. She is unsure of how to express herself to other people her age, due to her experiences with cancer and due to her rapidly maturing personality. However, Hazel begins her courageous journey when she meets Augustus. Since he is a surviving cancer patient, he is able to help Hazel have a brighter outlook on life. He teaches her how to re-enter the world she once lived in, not as an ordinary individual, but as a cancer patient. For example, Gus teaches her that a cancer victim does not have to become their disease and that a cancer victim is still able to be happy. Hazel and Gus are also able to communicate and to connect with each other, due to their interest in a famous author. Her dream is to meet the author. Unknown to Hazel, Gus's cancer has returned and it will soon damage him. However, Gus knows of a cancer foundation that grants the wishes of children with cancer. Knowing that he will die soon, he allows Hazel to have his wish. He is only concerned with Hazel's happiness and he proves to be a selfless young man. Also, when she suffers from a traumatic episode involving her lungs, Gus does not leave the hospital until she's well again. His daily influences with her increases her confidence and she is able to pass on her courageous attitude. For example, she encourages Issac, her hurt friend, to continue with his life when his girlfriend leaves him due to his cancer. As the novel reaches a conclusion, Hazel is able to accept who she is as a person with cancer and that every day of her life can make a big difference and an impact. She no longer feels isolated from others due to her re-entrance into the world.
Character Development
The Fault in our Stars
By: John Green
Created by: Stephanie Melanson
The Fault in our Stars
Important Characters and Main Characters
Hazel Grace
Lancaster
Augustus Waters
Dr. Peter Van Houton
Isaac
Mrs. Lancaster
Mr. Lancaster
Theme

The Fault in our Stars
also demonstrates the theme of isolation. Society tends to treat others differently if certain individuals possess different qualities and characteristics than society. Hazel and her family are an example of different individuals. For example, Hazel is diagnosed with stage IV thyroid cancer when she is thirteen. Her cancer has forced her to completely change her lifestyle and it would change permanently. She withdraws from school and is forced to be home schooled due to various medical treatments. As a result, she lost contact with her closest friend Kaitlin and they've seemed to outgrow each other. Her new experiences has also caused her to mature faster than her peers and she is already in college at age sixteen. Hazel is now trapped in a sixteen-year-old's body, but no longer has the mind of a youth. Her changes transforms her into a depressed individual, who needs the companionship of a youth her age. Not only is Hazel an example of this theme, but her parents are also an example. Mr. and Mrs. Lancaster seem to be changed by Hazel's disease, and they find it difficult to function in their daily lives. The parents also find it difficult to relate to other parents about Hazel's disease and they feel alone due to the lack of connection. However, they find comfort in meeting Gus's parents and they are able to express their concerns with each other. Mr. and Mrs. Waters also know how life-changing this experience can be and they are able to help Hazel's parents cope. However, Mrs. Lancaster is able to grow from her isolation and she decides to become a social worker who helps other families like hers to grow from their own isolation. Based on the information above,
The Fault in our Stars
is another good example of the usage of this theme.
Important themes
An Imperial Affliction
helps Hazel to connect with
her inner feelings about her
cancer.
Augustus decided to smoke
throughout the book, and he does
not allow his returning cancer to dictate
which actions he decided to do. Smoking
cigarettes helps him to remain strong-spirited
throughout the book.
Peter Van Houten helps Hazel
to connect with her inner-self and
he serves as her hero throughout the book.
Hazel's support group helps her to
express her feelings about her cancer.
My Favorite Paragraph
"My name is Hazel. Augustus Waters was the great star-crossed love of my life. Ours was an epic love story, and I won't be able to get more than a sentence into it without disappearing into a puddle of tears. Gus knew. Gus knows. I will not tell you our love story, because-like all real love stories-it will die with us, as it should. I'd hoped that he'd be eulogizing me, because there's no one I'd rather have..." I started crying. "Okay, how not to cry. How am I-okay. Okay." I took a few breaths and went back to the page. "I can't talk about our love story, so I will talk about math. I am not a mathematician, but I know this: There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I'm likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful."

This is my favorite paragraph because it truly shows the strong connection that Hazel and Augustus share. Even though that Hazel and Gus meet each other for a short time , they are able to experience love's powerful bonds and strengths. They are able to bond with each other due to their experiences with cancer, and they both provide an outlet for each other. This outlet allows them to be free, to heal, and to discuss their emotional damages. As a result of their constant bonding and communication, they are able to heal and to grow with each other. For example, Hazel is able to realize that her cancer does not control who she is, and that she is still able to access her old life. Gus taught her how to re-enter the world through the eyes of an advanced cancer patient and through the eyes of her old-self. Their friendship eventually transitions into love and the pair are able to to be at peace within themselves, after discovering who they are. I also like how Hazel is able to compare their love with infinities. She tells us that she is thankful for the time they had together, and nothing in the world can replace her happiness. This paragraph proves that love can be a powerful force, and a couple's love can grow to the size of infinity. Infinity can also never outlive everlasting love.
About the Author
John Green is an author of adult fiction, a Youtube video blogger, and the creator of online educational videos. He is famous for writing the books,
Looking for Alaska
and
The Fault in Our Stars.
My Recommendation
My recommendation for
The Fault in our Stars
is 4.5 stars. This book is able to demonstrate a unique point-of-view and it will amaze the reader with its usage of character development. I have given this book this rating because the author demonstrates the hardships of battling cancer and balancing daily tasks through the perspective of a teenager. John Green does an excellent job putting himself in Hazel's position and he is able to bring her feelings to life. I believe that it is outstanding at how the author is able to create an unforgettable romance between two different people. Augustus is a cancer survivor who is content with his life and he must instruct Hazel how to enjoy life. With Augustus's assistance, Hazel is able to grow from a lost being who is unsure of herself and of her purpose in this world to a changed, content, and a strong individual. Hazel no longer needs to doubt herself of her abilities. Not only does John Green display excellent character development, but he is also able to keep the reader "hooked" with Hazel's missions. Hazel is tested throughout the book and these missions help her to develop into a strong person, and these missions help her to travel through the Hero's Journey. For example, Hazel travels to Amsterdam seeking the answers to her questions about her favorite novel. However, the author refuses to reveal the characters' fate. Hazel is angered and demands to know the answers, but to no avail. This mission helps her to realize that she must not rely on others for answers, and that she has to be assertive with others. Another example of her missions is when Gus is severely hurt at a store and she must decide how to assist him. Hazel is able to remain calm ,and she is able to summon help in a calm manner. This helps her to realize that she must rely on herself to make proper decisions. The book also helps the reader to learn that humans were all placed on the Earth with a purpose and that no matter what happens, the assistance of family and true friends can help anyone through any dark moment.
The Fault in our Stars
is a must-read for those who are seeking a unique adventure through the eyes of a young teenager who is suffering from cancer. Young teenagers to adult will enjoy this timeless adventure from hardships to happiness, and the reader will also discover how John Green is able to put the reader in Hazel's position. The characters are bound to become almost life-like.
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