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The Fault in Our Stars

presented by: Kinsey Littledeer
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presented by: Kinsey Littledeer The Fault in Our Stars John Green was born in Indianapolis, but grew up in Orlando, Florida. He later attended Kenyon College and graduated in 2000. He is the New York Times Best-selling author of Looking For Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars. John Green has won the Michael L. Printz award and the Edgar Award. In February 2012 the film rights to The Fault in Our Stars were optioned by Fox 2000. Author bio: Hazel Grace Lancaster is a cancer patient who was diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer when she was 13. When she was 14 she was put on a medication that shrunk the tumors in her lungs for the time being. After Hazel meets a cancer survivor named Augustus Waters she begins to realize why she avoids being a "normal teenager" and it's simply because she does not want to hurt the people closest to her if she dies, thus resulting in a reclusive personality. Protagonist: The Fault in Our Stars does not really have an antagonist because the conflict of the story is more man vs. self. Hazel is facing an internal conflict because of the cancer she has to deal with and also worrying about hurting the people around her. Antagonist: (John Green) "I'm a grenade," I said again. "I just want to stay away from people and read books and think and be with you guys because there's nothing I can do about hurting you; you're too invested, so please let me do that okay? I'm not depressed. I don't need to go out more. And I can't be a regular teenager, because I'm a grenade"(Green 99). Because The Fault in Our Stars is narrated by Hazel, the point-of-view is in first person. Flat Character: A flat character in "The Fault in Our Stars" is Grace's friend, Kaitlyn. The way she is described leads you to think that she is Grace's more popular friend. "Kaitlyn had the kind of packed social life that needs to be scheduled down to the minute" (Green 41). Elements of the Plot Pyramid: Setting: The setting of "The Fault in Our Stars" is in Indianapolis. Inciting moment: The inciting moment of the book is when Augustus takes Hazel to Amsterdam to meet Peter Van Houten, who is the author of her favorite book, An Imperial Affliction. Resolution: Augustus has passed away from cancer but before he died, he started writing something for Hazel. Hazel decides to go through his room to try and find what he was writing. Augustus had written a eulogy for Hazel and at the end he says, "You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers." And to that Hazel responds with, "I do, Augustus, I do." While in Amsterdam, Hazel becomes curious about Augustus' former girlfriend who had died of cancer. She asked what had happened and Augustus stars off by telling Hazel how he and Caroline Mathers had met. Flashback: "...I was up on the fifth floor and I had a view of the playground, which was always of course utterly desolate. I was all awash in the metaphorical resonance of the empty playground in the hospital courtyard. But then this girl started showing up alone at the playground, every day, swinging on a swing completely alone, like you'd see in a movie or something"(Green 173). The conflict of "The Fault in Our Stars" is man vs. self and also man vs. fate. Conflict: The theme of the book is love conquers all. Theme: "I wanted to know that he would be okay if I died. I wanted not to be a grenade, to not be a malevolent force in the lives of people I loved"(Green 172). "I told Augustus the broad outline of my miracle: diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer when I was 13....It was, we were told, incurable"(Green 34). "I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you" (Green 153). Tone: The tone of the book is sort of depressing, yet enlightening. "'There will come a time,' I said, 'when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle and Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this'-I gestured encompassingly-'will have been naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that's what everyone else does" (Green 13). the end :-)
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