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"The Fault in Our Stars" Scrapbook

A virtual scrapbook dedicated to the most important elements of John Green's influential book, "The Fault in Our Stars."
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Amy W.

on 27 October 2015

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Transcript of "The Fault in Our Stars" Scrapbook

The Fault in Our Stars
by: John Green

Unlit Cigarette
"They don't kill you unless you light them, and I've never lit one. It's a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing." (pg. 20)
Basketball
Before Augustus was struck with leukemia and left with a prosthetic leg, he was a very avid basketball player. Hazel discovers Augustus's passion for basketball and even hears his philosophical perspective about basketball. She then realizes that Augustus has suffered just like her because of his illness. I decided to add basketball because it is what spurs the unbreakable connection between Hazel and Augustus.
Grasshopper
Happiness
Love
Support Group
"Our fearlessness shall be our secret weapon."
Dedicated to the quote above (said by Augustus), Taylor Swift's Fearless poses as background music that accurately mirrors Hazel and Augustus' relationship. The song's lyrics, if closely analyzed, represents the two characters' love. As two strong humans ridden with disease, I think the
quote above
along with this song
characterize Hazel and
Augustus very well.
Infinity
Hazel states in her eulogy for Augustus that some infinities are bigger than other infinities. Using the context of the plot, it can be inferred that the "bigger infinity" Hazel is referring to is her and Augustus' love. I choose to include this infinity sign as a show of the theme of unbounded love.
"An Imperial Affliction"
Although initially reluctant to go to her support group, the main character, Hazel Lancaster, actually finds immense loyal encouragement from the people there. Most of the book's plot is derived from Hazel's participation in the support group. At the support group, Hazel meets Augustus Waters, a boy who eventually becomes the love of her life. The support group not only plays as an important component of the plot, but also as a building block of Hazel's personality.
When asked what her favorite book was, Hazel replied with "An Imperial Affliction." Her reason for liking this book is because it tells the story of a girl just like her- that is, a girl who is also inflicted with cancer. This book is the door to Hazel's future adventures and
essentially the entire plot,
for she is able to even meet
the author of the book and
request a more satisfying
ending.
Oxygen Tank
As a character plagued with disease, it was imperative for Hazel to carry around an oxygen tank. Hazel personally felt that
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that her oxygen tank was a nuisance because it made it much more obvious that she was afflicted with disease. In my opinion, this oxygen tank defines Hazel's character very well because it's not only evidence of her illness, but also deposition of her embarrassment.
The above quote, said by Augustus Waters, lays out a very strong metaphor for the entire book. His quote correlates with the book in a sense that even though disease is biting both the main characters, they utilize love in order to combat their diseases. Thus, even though disease is within them, they don't give it the power to kill them (yet, that is.) This quote regarding an unlit cigarette makes the story much more impactful.
Unique
Reality
"Okay"
As a couple, Hazel and Augustus make "okay" a symbolic word between them. The word "okay" not only characterizes both of them as accepting people, but also poses as a theme. The theme proposed is that no matter what, everything will turn out to be okay.
As one of the more enthusiastic insects, the grasshopper characterizes Hazel very well. Although she may seem relatively muted in the beginning, it becomes more evident that she is always eager and excited to see Augustus. The seemingly ecstatic way that grasshoppers hop remind me very much of the ecstatic way that Hazel anticipates Augustus. I decided to include this as a part of the scrapbook because it represents a defining characteristic of Hazel.
This video, a scientific experiment dedicated to finding the roots behind happiness, reminds me much of the happiness that Hazel and Augustus feel for each other. Hazel and Augustus, two lovers as well as soul-mates, build a theme of happiness with their interactions. This experiment is similar to the theme of the book because it shows love, respect, dedication, gratitude and ultimately happiness.
After all, the story is supposed to be a love story. Hazel and Augustus, two star-crossed lovers, display their feelings for each other throughout the scope of the book. Through their words, actions and (Hazel's) thoughts, it's easy to detect that the major theme of the book is love. Therefore, I chose to include it.
Grenade
Hazel compares herself to a grenade in a sense that she feels as if she is about to blow up. This comparison adds a lot to her character, for it shows not only her acknowledgment of her flaws, but also the suffering that she feels. A grenade represents Hazel's crazy cancer-infected life very accurately.
Each character presented within the book shares this quality: unique. Whether it be Peter Van Houten or Isaac, each character holds something specific to him/her; in fact, John Green (author) makes each characters' unique trait especially obvious with dialogue. "Unique" does not come with a determined picture, so I included a diagram that was in the book as well to represent "unique."
In today's world, media heavily emphasizes the good things about life. Conversely, not enough attention is given to the dark things about life- diseases, pain, distress, etc. Although it is good to promote a happy lifestyle, it should also be acceptable and refreshing to consider the downsides of life. In this book, a large theme is reality. For example, the two main characters have cancer. Those characters fall in love, and one of the lovers passes away. As we readers can realize, such "sad endings" do happen in real life. Thus, it is important to point out the truth in real life, as the theme in this book has done so.
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