The Fault in Our Stars

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Response to Literature #2: The Fault in Our Stars by: John Green

The author, John Green wrote a young-adult fiction novel titled The Fault in Our Stars, which takes place in modern day Indianapolis. The story is narrated by sixteen year old cancer patient named Hazel, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen year old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. This novel depicts their romantic relationship despite adversity and focuses on the theme of love.

One important character is Hazel Grace Lancaster. She is a tall sixteen year old with short cropped auburn hair, a fair complexion, green eyes, and steroidal round face shape. She is often compared to look like Natalie Portman in “V for Vendetta.” Since Hazel is diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which has ravished her lungs, she is forced to carry an oxygen tank with her wherever she goes. She tends to loop the plastic tubing around her ears, and lugs the oxygen tank around in a small cart. Her hometown is in Indianapolis, Indiana. Despite a miracle experimental treatment called Phalanxifor, she is nothing close to being cured. Hazel does things normal teenagers do: she drives, attends classes, and rolls her eyes at her parents. But she is bound to a portable oxygen tank, she frequents the emergency room, and she has no idea how long her life will last. Her personality is described as sarcastic, intelligent, and a realist. Her strongest personality trait is her sarcastic nature. She would live everyday almost mocking and taunting the disease she lives with, “I didn’t tell him that the diagnosis came three months after I got my first period. Like: Congratulations! You’re a woman. Now die.” (Green, 84.) She also is extremely intelligent. “I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is improbably biased toward the consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its...
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