The Fault in Our Stars
A Problem Of Suffering From Cancer in The Fault in Our Stars
Original Perks of Cancer
“There are seven billion living people and about ninety-eight billion dead people” (Green 151). Death is realistic part of life that people tend to believe they can escape. Humans believe that dying is the worst thing that can happen to them, but honestly there is nothing wrong with death. However dying from cancer is maybe the worst way to go out. To add to that, it is even worse to die from cancer when you are only sixteen years old. John Green’s, The Fault in Our Stars, explores the psychiatric, emotional, and physical state of ming of youth realistically coping with impending death.
Youth that is suffering from cancer often times have poor body image; they are still growing up, but they are also dying so they might become reclusive and introverted to protect themselves. In today’s society most adolescents have a very poor self-worth and idea of their body. Body image is such a major thought for teenagers, especially teen girls. Since children with cancer know they are dying they start to think differently about their bodies; “Body changes from cancer treatment can range from hair loss to the loss of a limb” (American Cancer Association). The suffering youth start to realize that they are going to die from cancer. Augustus proves this by telling the reader what Hazel believes, “The way Hazel sees it, dying makes you less afraid of other things, because hey, what do you have to lose?” (Green 162). Hazel does things that could cause her more harm than good because she lives knowing she could die at any moment. However, she is still growing as a teenage girl and faces the every day dilemmas that other teens face; “I didn’t tell him that the diagnosis came three months after I got my period. Like: Congratulations! You’re a women. Now die” (Green 14). Being a teenager and having terminal illness can cause people to stay in their homes and count the days they might have left.
Often times victims of cancer drop out of school and experience bullying, along with symptoms and signs of depression. Teens who drop out of high school are often seen as ‘stupid’ or ‘not trying’ hard enough to further their life. Although cancer kids have reasonable explanations to not be showing up to class, they still suffer from judgement from other classmates. Teenagers with cancer, like Hazel, often get their GED so that they do not have to worry about missing classes because they are having chemotherapy. However, since they usually do not go out as much because they are no longer in school; they normally lock themselves in their bedrooms and think about dying. Cancer victims count down their life, “Robbed of any semblance of a normal life ‘cancer kids’ as Green’s narrator, Hazel Grace Lancaster calls them, mark their time in days and weeks” (Syme). That is the thing that knowing about death is coming, people never stop thinking about it. Depression is common in teenagers, but more so with teenagers who know that they are going to die soon; “Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted my abundant free time to thinking about death” (Green 3). Even though Hazel knows and thinks about how she is going to die, she is still alive and she has to continue to live her life, even if she does not like it.
Dying is a natural part of the life cycle and the understanding of this is healthy even though death is painful experience. As previously stated, everyone is going to die. Birth and life are a death sentence, and no matter how hard someone tries, there is no escape from death. Even though it hurts to think about and understand someone’s death, it is valuable and important to understand. Hazel knows that no matter what, she is going to die, “I understood: No wasting good lungs on a hopeless cause” (Green 116). Death is not a bad thing and can be valued, even if it hurts. Hazel believes that someone has to have sickness so that the rest of the world can live in harmony. There must be dark to appreciate the light, “Cancer kids are essentially side effect of the relentless mutation that makes the diversity of life on Earth possible” (Green 44). Even when people understand death it can still be painful and lead to depression or other psychological and mental disorders and illnesses. Many people think that having a terminal illness, like cancer, will cause the host to have depression. However Hazel believes otherwise, “Depression isn’t a side effect of having cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying” (Green 3). Since the thought of death is painful, crying is common and is actually a healthy response to dying. “Crying is a very normal reaction and can release a lot of feeling and emotions” (Talking about Dying). Negative mental health issue are often developed because the person is scared of dying.
Cancer obviously has been related to depression as well as other mental health disorders. Average teenagers go through a phase of depression or severe sadness, but teenagers who suffer from cancer will go through depression, social anxiety, and even at times Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder (PTSD). Illness diagnosis can lead to lead to negative mentality, “Almost all cancer patients experience some psychological dislocation in the immediate aftermath of cancer diagnosis” (Andrykowski). Depression is the most common psychological disorder that teenagers go though, and more so if they are suffering from a terminal illness. Rates of depression in teenagers with cancer are higher than they have ever been, “The prevalence of depression in individuals with cancer has been estimated to range from 0 precent to 58 precent” (Andrykowski). Even though cancer, like Hazel’s thyroid cancer with metastasis forming in her lungs, effects her lungs and thyroid, it also effects the brain of the individual who is suffering. Every part of the person who has cancer is effected, not just the location where the cancer is in the body. Augustus was not only affected by osteosarcoma because of his missing leg, but it also psychologically effected him. He is still fearful of the cancer returning and killing him, just like Hazel Grace fears her cancer killing her before she can live. Since Hazel knows she is going to die, she does not see the romanticized beauty that people make up when talking about from dying. “Because there is no glory in illness. There is no meaning to it. There is no honor in dying of it” (Green 217). Hazel knows that there is no beauty or glory in dying from cancer. She and Augustus both realize and understand the fact that one day everyone is going to die, “There will come a time, 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 or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon or maybe it is millions of years away but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was a time before organisms experiences consciousness, and there will be a 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). Since they realize death is inevitable, both of them do not experience depression or other psychological health problems as severely as others with cancer would normal experience. i
Death is always on the mind of the introverted victims of cancer. Since people who have cancer are scared of dying, they often lock themselves away in their room and do nothing but think about the impending death. Since many teenagers experience social anxiety they are often already introverted into their bedroom, but with the added threat of dying, cancer kids will stop leaving the house all together. While these kids are locking themselves in their bedroom without an outlook on reality, all they can think about is their soon-to-come death. When a child has found out that they have stage four cancer, they often stop having the desire to live, “Immediately following a child’s cancer diagnosis, most patients experience acute stress disorder” (Clay). Due to the constant thoughts of dying, people who suffer from cancer often forget that they are alive. Augustus asks Hazel the first day they meet, “Don’t tell me you are one of those people who become their disease” (Green 32). More often than not, the individual does become a walking resemblance of their cancer, not only physically but behaviorally. Teenagers are seen to be filled with life and happiness but when they find out they are dying they let go of said happiness. When they let go of that happy, care-free, teenager vibe, they visually show cancer to anyone and everyone they meet. Hazel believe that you cannot hide cancer, “The worst part about having cancer, sometimes: the physical evidence of disease separates you from other people” (Green 144). As a result of always playing the part as a kid dying from stage four illness, the thought of death never leaves their minds.
Thinking about and knowing that death is going to happen, changes they way people see the world and the people they love. Death changes the way someone views love and how they treat their loved ones; it also changes how their loved ones see them. Hazel Grace does not know when she is going to die, but she knows it could be soon and it hurts her, “I also don’t really want this particular life. But it’s really just the sky, the sky that’s making me sad…” (Green 121). Hazel knows about her death and she hates it. She tries her hardest not to be afraid of hers and everyone’s impending death, “I wanted to try to reflect dying as I could, and part of that is frustration and anger and shortness and fear” (Green 93). Hazel and Augustus understand that they are dying and that is it healthy to talk about it because, “Not talking about death can create tension between people, even if hey are close and increase fear, sadness, loneliness, and anxiety” (Talking about Dying). They both have the effect of others treating them differently because of their cancer.
Green uses Hazel to display how having cancer changes the way people treat her. Hazel knows she is hurting her parents by having this illness. She understand that she is not at fault for having stage four, but she hates hurting them, anyway; “I hate hurting them. Most the time, I could forget about it, but the inexorable truth is this: They might be glad to have me around, but I was the alpha and the omega of my parents suffering” (Green 116). She knows that because she has cancer, she is treated differently by her parents and by other people. As a result of cancer she realizes people are afraid to talk about dying or being sick around her because no one is in the similar situation as her. Hazel tries to clarify this, “I mean I would just die—and they stopped short, looking at me as if to say ‘I’m sorry’ as if it were a crime to mention death to the dying” (Green 44). Not talking about death to the dying gives them false hope of being able to survive, and that is unhealthy and harmful for them; “It is very helpful to tell them that you are willing to talk and not close the subject down with ‘oh things will be fine’ or ‘lets not talk like that’ realize that they are dying” (Talking about Dying). Hazel’s parents do not know but they hurt her too, “Mom sobbed something into Dad’s chest that I wish I hadn’t heard, and that I hope she never finds out that I did hear. She said, ‘I won’t be a mom anymore.’ It gutted me pretty badly” (Green 117). To cause less pain to their parents Hazel and Augustus will do things that make them happy, or not do things that could harm them. Even though both of the kids do not want to, Augustus told his mother, “‘Because it’s my life mom and it belongs to me’” (Green 139).
Parents have to live with the fact that their child is dying. Parents of children who have cancer have a good intuition that they are going to have to bury their child; “The real tragedy of cancer may be that it affects all people of all ages and children suffering from he disease are often hit the hardest” (Syme). Parents have a hard time when their kid has a cold, but when their son or daughter is diagnosed with cancer they become a complete secret wreck. Parents have to live with their dying child and cannot prevent the sickness from spreading, “There is only one thing in this world shitter than biting it from cancer when you’re sixteen, and that’s having a kid who bites it from cancer” (Green 31). Parents have to stay strong for their children, “People talk about the courage of cancer patients, and I do not deny that courage. I have been poked, and stabbed, and poisoned for years, and I still trod on” (Green 107). As previously stated, parents have to be strong for their child’s sake. Often cancer kids experience some type of psychological disorder after they are diagnosed with the illness, “Immediately following a child’s cancer diagnosis most patients experience acute stress” (Clay). Support groups can help both the cancer victim and the parents through this difficult time.
Many cancer patients go to support groups to connect with others that are dealing with cancer. Support groups for teenagers who have cancer may become part of their everyday life. Often the support group is where they make friends and maintain friendships without being scared of judgement. However, Hazel, in the beginning of the book, does not like support group, “I went to support group for the same reason that I’d once allowed nurses with a mere eighteen months of graduate education to poison me with exotically names chemicals; I wanted to make my parents happy” (Green 58). Though studies have shown that support groups are a good thing for cancer patients, Hazel thought differently, “Support group featured a rotating cast of characters in various states of tumor-driven unwellness. Why did the cast rotate? A side effect of dying” (Green 5). Cancer patients who have support from not only support groups but also family and friends often have a better look on the outcome of their cancer. Support can make social pain easier to handle, “Having high levels of support from he family, classmates, the school, the hospital credits better adjustment for the child with cancer” (McDougal). The support group is supposed to make the victims understand that they are not alone in this and give them a feeling a safety and security. Cancer patients can get support anywhere, “Support groups that are offered by licensed or train professional may also be a source of practical advice and ideas about coping with changes in the body” (American Cancer Association). Support groups give the victims a chance to connect with others and make friends.
Making and having friends while suffering from cancer is an excellent way to stay happy while dying. Through Hazel’s support group, Hazel connects with a boy named Issac. In the beginning of the novel, Green expresses how they would communicate with sighs. Soon Issac brought his dear friend, Augustus, who is in remission from osteosarcoma. However Hazel does not need his information to know someone is sick, “There are a number of ways to establish someone’s approximate survival expectation without actually speaking” (Green 29). Augustus does not speak directly to Hazel until after support group is over, however, in support group he makes an impression on Hazel. Augustus knows that he does not have cancer so he is content with his life at the moment, “‘I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up my friend’” (Green 11). Having friends is very healthy for cancer patients because it makes the thought of dying alone start to disappear, “People facing cancer often find themselves facing the possibility of their own death” (American Cancer Association). Having friends and family makes asking for help much easier for Hazel. Many cancer patients are afraid of asking for help because of their weakened state feel helpless if they cannot do something on their own that a healthy individual would be able to do. Cancer victims will need help, “When a person is diagnosed with cancer, he or she may need to ask for help for the first time ever. This can include help from friends and family or outside help” (American Cancer Association). Relationships can cause the effects of cancer to be less painful and even easier on the body.
Being in a loving relationship actually makes having cancer less painful. It has been proven that people who are in loving relationships and have illnesses recover from said illness or are at least happier than they would be if they were alone. Having a relationship can save you from dying of cancer, “Almost 3.8 million people with cancer, researchers found only 45% of single cancer patients are alive after five years—only 37% after ten years” (Clay). Hazel and Augustus fell in love quickly, but they knew the possibility that their relationship would be shortened by death. Single cancer patients often die faster than those in relationships, “Cancer patients in relationships, 63% were still alive after fiver years—only 57% after ten years” (Clay). Even though Augustus does not live, he was joyful in his last moments because he had his star-crossed lover, Hazel Grace. Augustus’s goal in life was to be remembered, but Hazel reminded him, everyone is going to turn into dust one day. When he expressed his love towards her he used her own words, “I’m in love with you, and I know that love it just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and there will come a day when all out labor has been returned to dust, and I know that sun will swallow the only earth we ever have, and I am in love with you” (Green 163). Having someone you love can make the fight for survival have a more determines outcome. Hazel and Augustus find this out after Hazel realizes he is dying, “Hazel and Augustus have a zeal for living and for each other that, cancer or not, is rare, and it’s a delight to see their plans unfold and relationship flourish even as they both face death” (Syme). Augustus wanted to have a pre-funeral before he actually died so that he could hear what people would say about him. Isaac and Hazel both attend and Hazel speaks about how much she loves him, “‘You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful’” (Green 260).
Cancer causes real, physical pain. Hazel literally cannot breathe on her own, Augustus loses half his leg, and Issac becomes blind. Hazel ends up in the hospital many times because the fluid in her lungs overflows, causing her to have difficulty breathing. Cancer is harsh on the body; however there are treatments and medications to help soothe some of the pain. Hazel explains how she can stay alive, “I woke up and soon got into one of those experimental trials that are famous in the Republic of Cancervania for not working. The drug was Phalanxifor, this molecule designed to attach itself to cancer cells and slow their growth. It didn’t work in 70 precent of people. But it worked in me. The tumors shrank” (Green 25). Hazel does not romanticize having cancer and she ever-so bluntly describes it just as it is: painful; “I had surgery called radical neck dissection, which is about as pleasant as it sounds” (Green 24). There are many other long-term and short term effects of having cancer other than having cancer and chemotherapy. Hazel will, until the day she dies, have to carry around her oxygen tank so she can properly breathe and Augustus will always have a prosthetic leg. Cancer patients carry their illness around with them, “Several other long-term conditions that can occur as a result of cancer treatment, including scoliosis, dental and facial problems, cardiac abnormalities, pulmonary abnormalities, liver damage, urinary tract problems, and amputations” (McDougal). Augustus did not have a choice in losing his leg. Osteosarcoma can be stopped by amputating the infected area, and he underwent the procedure and got a prosthetic leg. “Some people choose artificial limbs (prostheses) and reconstructive surgery after cancer surgery” (American Cancer Association). Having prosthetic limbs makes public appearances and the pain easier to handle for cancer victims.
There are many ways to cause less pain and put off the impending death. There are certain hospital and medications that children with have cancer can go to or have. “Memorial was the big research hospital, ‘Where’d you go?’ ‘Childrens,’ I said” (Green 27). In the hospital the doctors have advanced knowledge about dying, however because the victims are children they tend to withhold information about the reality of their death. “Cancer patients receive medical care in a variety of settings including large academics medical centers, small communities hospitals, and private physician’s offices. The type, extent, and quality of psychological support services that are available to patients differ enormously across these diverse settings” (Andrykowski). Hazel doesn’t want to hurt anyone when she does die, but she knows she will hurt at least her parents, so she tends to distance herself from everyone; “I’m a grenade and at some point, I’m going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?” (Green 99). Hazel distances herself from everyone because she knows she could die at any moment and doesn’t want to hurt more than anyone she has too. Augustus will love her no matter what and he tells her that as she tries to distance herself, “I hope you realize that trying to keep your distance from me, does no way lessen my affection towards you” (Green 63).
People who suffer from cancer, know they can die at the snap of someone’s fingers. Hazel is almost dead, basically, she cannot breathe on her own so she has help with her oxygen tank. While on-the-other-hand Augustus is safe from cancer until it comes back and he unfortunately dies. “Augustus Waters died either days after his pre-funeral, at Memorial, in the ICU. When the cancer, which was made of him, finally stopped his heart, which was also made of him” (Green -). Hazel explains Augustus as someone who lived with cancer and not just a kid with cancer. She also talks about the kind of cancer he had and how it affects people, “Osteosarcoma sometimes takes a limb to check you out. Then, if it likes you, it takes the rest” (Green 40). Hazel really wants to make clear that he was living with this and it was okay, even if having cancer wasn’t. He was happy even through his pain of the cancer spreading to his vital organs. “People facing cancer often find themselves facing the possibility of their own death. At first, some people focus on dying from cancer instead of living with cancer” (American Cancer Association).
When someone dies, whether it be from cancer or not, other people fear their own death more. When someone dies, often others think about how that could have been them. Often when people did, the people who are still alive can’t function correctly anymore. It goes even further than a state of mourning, it’s almost how Hazel was acting before she met Augustus; she locked herself in her room and just cried at the thought of his death. “Several of the defining symptoms associated with PTSD including memory, sleep, and concentration difficulties, and physical reactions, in response to cancer-related stimuli could be direct effect of disease or treatment and thus not represent a psychological response to trauma” (Andryknowski). Hazel feels this towards Augustus because, she was dying more than he was, but he died first. She lives with the rotating cast of alive and dead people in her life, and she thinks, as any normal person would; “There was quite a lot of competitiveness about it, with everybody wanting to beat not only cancer itself, but also the other people in the room. Like, I realize that is irrational, but when they tell you that you have say, 20 precent chance of living five years, the math kicks in and you figure that’s one in five… So you look around and think, as any normal person would: I gotta outlast four of these bastards” (Green 5). Even Augustus is dead, Hazel still feels him there with her and she loves him no matter what. She feels safer from her own death with the thought of Augustus being with her, “I almost felt like he was there in my room with me…” (Green 67). Hazel wants people to realize that dying is not a bad.
The only freedom people will ever achieve in life is death. The world is going to chew humans up and spit them back out. It’s going to destroy them and try it’s hardest to hurt them. People can’t stop pain and hurt from happening but they can allow happiness in their life. Augustus has a metaphor for freedom and dying and that you cannot be hurt unless people let it hurt them. “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you” (Green 313).
Love And Relationships in a Midsummer’s Night Dream And The Fault in Our Stars
In the play A Midsummers Night Dream and the novel The Fault In Our Stars there is a main focus on young lovers. There is also a huge change throughout the stories of character development and theme. This essay will feature a brief summary of each story and how the ending contributes to the theme and character development.
The play A Midsummers Night Dream is about four young Athenian lovers named Lysander, Demetrius, Helena and Hermia that run away from Athens to elope in the forest. Throughout the story, there are magical fairies that change how the characters see each other. For example, one of the fairies named Oberon uses a love potion on multiple people so that they would fall in love with the first person they see when the wake up. This changes the character’s development. For example, Lysander was affected by the love potion which made him fall in love with Helena. Due to this potion, there is now another one of many love triangles. In this case, it’s Lysander, Helena and Demetrius. Due to the supernatural aspect of the play, character development has changed in the ending for a few people. At the beginning of the play, Helena was not loved by anyone. She felt lonely and she would literally be abused just to be with the person of her dreams. A quote for this is “I’ll follow thee and make a heaven of hell, To die upon the hand I love so well.” Due to Oberon placing this potion on Lysander and Demetrius being in love with her, she felt like she was being pranked by the men. A quote from this is “You do advance your cunning more and more. When truth kills truth, O devilish holy fray! These vows are Hermia’s. Will you give her o’er? Weigh oath with oath, and you will nothing weigh. Your vows to her and me, put in two scales,Will even weigh, and both as light as tales.” This means that Helena is shocked about Lysander betraying Hermia. This connects to the character development because Helena was once a desperate lover and then she changed into someone who cannot believe that people love her. She went from having a low self esteem to having a high one.
The novel The Fault In Our Stars is about a young girl named Hazel Grace. Sadly, she has cancer. One day, she meets a boy named Augustus in a support group. They then became really good friends. As their relationship goes on, Augustus wants to use his “wish” on going to Amsterdam with Hazel to meet their favorite author named Peter Van Houten. After a while their wish came true. As the trip went on, Augustus and Hazel fell in love with each other. By this point what could go wrong? Sadly, they found out that Peter was a drunk and rude old man. Once they returned back to Indianapolis, things turned for the worst. Augustus found out that his cancer has return and he was not able to fight this battle. Over time, Hazel and Augustus spent their last minutes together and sadly Augustus dies. This ending changed the development of Hazel. She finally fell in love with the boy she loves but now he’s gone. This has turned Hazel into a strong woman and she realized that life is short. A quote to support this is “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 means that Hazel is thankful for what Augustus has done for her and that life is short and you need to appreciate the thing around you. She has also learned to be happy during a time of grieving. In the novel Peter Van Houten made an alternate ending to his book which included Augustus’s eulogy. She then felt really happy which matured her through this hard part of her life.
In some ways, A Midsummers Night Dream and The Fault In Our Stars are alike. They both involve teenages turning tragity into something that is happy. In A Midsummers Night Dream, there was a giant love triangle between Lysander, Helena and Demetrius. This ended up having a lot arguments and fighting. During the ending of the play, they all got together to watch Peter Quince’s play. The play was so bad that people were laughing and having a good time. Due to this play, the love triangle ended up ending and everything became neutral. For example, the quote “More than to us Wait in your royal walks, your board, your bed!” shows that Lysander is now in a good mood with everyone. In the novel The Fault In Our Stars, Hazel had to deal with the grief of Augustus’s death. After Hazel found a notebook under his notebook stating that he loved her, she became happy and less depressed. A quote to support this is the very last words from the book “I do Augustus. I do.” This shows that after all of the stress and the death of her crush, she has prevailed and has remembered the good memories she has had with him.
In conclusion, A Midsummers Night Dream and The Fault In Our Stars have a huge change of character development in the ending. In A Midsummers Night Dream, they have gone through an affair, multiple love triangles and being wanted by the city of Athens. After all of this, all the characters became happy after a simple play. In The Fault In Our Stars, Hazel Grace went through the death of her life long lover and at the same time she had cancer. She then became a stronger and more humble woman after finding Augustus’s notebook. These pieces of literature is a perfect example for teens to realize the importance of love and also it shows teens how to handle death and arguments through it’s amazing way of being written.
A Main Idea Of The Fault in Our Stars Novel
The novel, The fault in our stars by John Green is about two young adults diagnosed with cancer who fall in love with each other. When they are in love they learn the value and morals of life, until the story ends with a tragic ending when Augustus dies from terminal cancer. The main characters Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters pursue a relationship knowing that it won’t last forever. Although a lot of people contributed to Hazel’s ability to overcome difficulty there were a few people that stood out the most. Mrs. Lancaster’s loving care for Hazel and Augustus’s passionate love and generosity, make Hazel into the girl she is today.
Hazel’s mom Mrs. Lancaster is a very caring mother that always puts Hazel as her number one priority regardless of her loss. All she wants is for Hazel to stop watching TV and go to support group so that she can make some friends. Mrs. Lancaster emphasizes this point by saying: “ You need to make friends, go to support group, get out of the house” and “Hazel you deserve a life” Eventually, Mrs. Lancaster forces Hazel to attend even though she strongly dislikes it. This shows that Mrs. Lancaster is very hard working and passionate about giving Hazel a better life by pushing her out of her comfort zone so that she can benefit in the future. If Mrs.Lancaster had not sent her to support group, she would have never met Augustus. Another example occurs with Mrs. Lancaster’s day and night devotion to taking care of Hazel. No matter what time of day it is Mrs.Lancaster will always check to make sure Hazel is okay and helps her both emotionally and physically to fight her disease. When there is an emergency, Mrs. Lancaster will be the first to run to Hazel’s room and rush her to the hospital with the help of her husband. This love and care are very important to Hazel as it shows Hazel that people care about her, and gives her something worth living and fighting for. This love and care does not just end there, Mrs. Lancaster helps to cheer Hazel up after Augustus’s funeral. Hazel’s boyfriend, Augustus passed away causing Hazel to be heartbroken and sad as Augustus turned into the “grenade” that ripped them apart. Mrs. Lancaster supports Hazel by attending the funeral and by always being on Hazel’s side when she needs her most. Mrs. Lancaster will always comfort her and make Hazel feel better when she’s weeping about Augustus. This love helps Hazel move on with her life, pass this major obstacle. Mrs. Lancaster is a very thoughtful and caring mom that contributed a lot to making Hazel the girl she is today.
Augustus Waters also played an immense role in making Hazel overcome her difficulties as his passionate love for Hazel, granted her a new life and mindset. Ever since Augustus laid eyes on Hazel at a support group, he fell in love with her. Augustus befriends Hazel and talks to Hazel about topics they like. Augustus will occasionally bring Hazel somewhere or talk about stuff outside her comfort zone. This friendship from Augustus allows Hazel to be open to the world and make friends just like what her mom wanted. This is shown when Augustus takes Hazel out to picnics or other social places to talk about life. One major experience is when Augustus takes Hazel and Isaac, a blind man with cancer, to egg Isaacs girlfriends car. This experience allows everyone to reflect on the community support for cancer patients. In this case, Issac’s girlfriend dumped him because he went blind, and she no longer wants to support Isaac. With Augustus, Hazel is able to see and experience many new things, get outside and live her life to the fullest. Hazel is transformed from a depressed girl that stays home watching tv to an active teenager.
Aside from Augustus Waters caring role, Augustus shared several interests with Hazel. One of the main interests that they had is this book called an Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten. The book is strange as it ends in a middle of a sentence. Hazel really badly wants to meet the author to ask him questions on what happened at the end of the book. Augustus offers to use his only cancer wish to bring himself and Hazel to Amsterdam to meet Peter Van Houten for answers on what happens in that book. This generosity allows for a better relationship between Hazel and Augustus and allows Hazel to finally leave the house and meet new people and a whole new culture. This is very beneficial for Hazel and her mom because her mom dreams of her making friends and finally leaving the house. It benefits Hazel because it stops her depression and allows her to breach her difficulty of making friends and being social. During the trip, Augustus helps Hazel overcome her difficulties when they are at Peter Van Houten’s house. Peter Van Houten is not the nice guy that Augustus and Hazel expected. Peter Van Houten is an alcoholic with abrasive behavior. When Augustus and Hazel were there, he refused to answer their questions and directly insults Augustus and hazel. This causes Hazel to get angered as she desperately seeks the answers and flew all the way to Amsterdam just for that. Augustus steps in and calms Hazel and brings her outside before she gets very mad. This thoughtful behavior from Augustus prevents any major conflicts from happening as both parties were getting very mad. Augusts help Hazel again at the Anne Frank House when Hazel is having trouble climbing the stairs. Augustus helps by verbally encouraging her and giving her a hand at carrying her heavy oxygen tanks. This help gives Hazel motivation to push further and to climb to the top of the Anne Frank House despite her lungs telling her to stop. Augustus is very caring and will support anything that Hazel chooses to do in her life.
To conclude, Hazel is what she is today due to the massive amounts of support from her family and friends ranging from Mrs. Lancaster’s constant nagging and care all the way to Augustus passionate love. Throughout her life, Hazel has a very rough life due to her cancer and depression. She has experienced pain and happiness and went through a lot of tough times. With the help of family and friends, Hazel transformed from a depressed cancer patient into a bright young girl.
The novel The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The novel, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is about two teenagers that fall in love, but unlike most other teenage romance stories, there’s an unresolvable twist: they both have cancer. The main characters, Augustus and Hazel, know from the start that if they are to pursue a relationship, it won’t last forever. Despite this known fact, they grow closer even though death can so instantly tear them apart. They live out their own infinity together and create a lot of memories along the way. But the novel doesn’t just span love; it spans the meaning of life, death, philosophy, acceptance, aspirations, friendship, and support. These attributions make the New York Times Bestseller, The Fault in Our Stars a classic piece and a valuable addition to teen literature.
The novel’s characters are unique because they’re anything but your typical teenagers. They’re smart, witty, they quote poetry, and speak philosophically. With his knack for adding humor to the lives of two love and cancer struck teenagers, John Green makes us laugh, cry, think, pray, and hope for the characters all at the same time. Green has received high praise for the novel, especially the outstanding characters. Despite rave reviews, a big criticism people have voiced towards the novel is that the characters don’t talk like teenagers of this day and age, to which John Green responded “I’m tired of adults telling teenagers that they aren’t smart, that they can’t read critically, that they aren’t thoughtful” (John Green: ‘I’m Tired of Adults Telling Teenagers That They Aren’t Smart’). The narrator is Hazel Grace Lancaster and she has strong opinions of what she should and shouldn’t do, which is what makes her irresistible to Augustus from the very beginning; she is very in tune with reality because she accepts her disease and doesn’t expect special treatment or pity, she actually hates it; she values the cold, hard truth above all else. This quote embodies her philosophy: “whenever you read a cancer booklet or website or whatever, they always list depression among the side effects of cancer. But in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer.
Depression is a side effect of dying” (Green). Her tone is conversational and frank, Green flawlessly and freely captures a teenage girl’s inner monologue filled with dark and sometimes, self-deprecating humor. An example of this is when she thinks “the diagnosis came three months after I got my first period. Like: Congratulations! You’re a woman. Now die” (Green). At this moment, Green makes Hazel so easy to relate to and he invokes multiple emotions, such as amusement and sadness at the same time. Augustus, on the other hand, is extremely different yet extremely similar to Hazel. Hot, charming, clever, and emotionally deep yet somewhat self-centered, Augustus connects with Hazel easily and falls for her when they meet at a cancer support group. Augustus is very humorous, philosophical, outspoken, and determined to get what he wants, which is to live a meaningful life and leave his mark on the world. Because of his quirky characteristics, Augustus is the embodiment of the perfect guy that all teenage girls are crazy for, the only drawback is that he has cancer, lost a leg because of it, and can fall into an abyss known as the unpredictable pendulum of time.
Green’s resonance of metaphors and symbolism convey the complex nature of time or lack of it. As Augustus says, “What a slut time is. She screws everybody.” Throughout most of the novel, Hazel and Augustus are obsessed with a book called An Imperial Affliction, which is about a girl named Ana, who also has cancer. They are so hung up on it and frustrated about it that they have read it numerous times, just to try and figure out the end. The book ends mid-sentence so Augustus and Hazel are dying to figure out what happened to the other characters. Hazel is especially fascinated with this book because it relates to herself. In her own life, she is Ana and she wants to know what will happen to the people around her after she dies, she wants to make sure they are all right and they go on and move on with their lives. Hazel’s cancer is rare and terminal so she knows the inevitable will happen and she wants to minimize the amount of people she hurts in the world because time is fleeting. She calls herself a grenade that can go off at any time and destroy the ones she is close to. Augustus, on the other hand, doesn’t agree with her reasoning when he says “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices” (Green). In another scene, Hazel and Augustus are playing a videogame and his character in the game jumps in front of her when a grenade is going to hit her and he sacrifices his character’s life to save hers; Green cleverly repeats the word “grenade” to delineate how Hazel thinks of herself and how Augustus doesn’t care because he loves her. According to the Oxford dictionary, “star crossed” is a phrase describing a pair of lovers whose relationship is often thwarted by outside forces.
Augustus and Hazel can also be related to other star crossed lovers and star crossed characters in history. The title itself alludes to the fact that the stars are working against their relationship. Romeo and Juliet is of the more famous examples of star crossed lovers for their families did not want them to unite. In the play Julius Caesar, Cassius says to Brutus “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” This quote means that fate does not play a role in what happened throughout the play, instead all the characters brought upon what happened themselves and the title of the novel alludes to this quote. However, The Fault In Our Stars is an antithesis of this quote because Hazel and Augustus are victim to the inevitable destiny that fate has in store for them and Green shows how they are helpless against it.
Life and death are recurring themes of the novel because Augustus is very concerned with the impact he will have on the world when he dies; he wants his life to be remembered by everyone and he wants his death to be famous and heroic and tragic. He wants everyone to come to his funeral and wants everyone to talk about him. Hazel, however, disagrees with his opinion. “Usually someone’s worth in your life cannot be measured on a scale. You cannot give it a number between one and ten.
Typically, you can only say it was mostly good, or mostly not. Then there are the Augustus Waters of the world, who so entirely change your life, their impact could never be erased.” This heartbreaking quote portrays the moment that Hazel is reflecting on how much Augustus meant to her and in her opinion, it didn’t matter if everyone remembers Augustus’s life or not because the ones that love him would. The Fault in Our Stars is truly a conglomerate of amazing dynamics. Green teaches us about everything that is beautiful about life, such as love and friendship, wishes and dreams. The novel touches and warms the heart and at other times, it chills the bone. Most of all, it makes you think about and reflect on your own memories and life experiences. The Fault in Our Stars helps us appreciate what we have and accept life for what it is without regrets.
The Fault in Our Stars Vs A Walk To Remember
A Walk in Our Stars
Is the movie of The Fault in Our Stars a copy of the film of A Walk to Remember? Many people argue that A Walk to Remember and The Fault in Our Stars are basically the same story, while others argue that they are not. Both films have their pros and their cons, and they are both similar and different. This essay will compare and contrast The Fault in Our Stars with A Walk to Remember based upon their plots, their settings, and their endings to determine which one is better.
The plots of the stories have both similarities and differences. The Fault in Our Stars, based on the book with the same title by John Green, shows its viewers the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, who has cancer in her lungs. Hazel meets Augustus Waters, a charming and intelligent boy of her age who used to have osteosarcoma, a type of cancer in the bone, which caused him to lose his leg. Hazel feels as though she would only hurt him, and she tells him that she is “a grenade.” What she means by it is that one day she is going to “blow up” and hurt everyone whom she loves, but Augustus does not listen to her. “All your efforts to keep me from you are going to fail,” is what he says in response, and, even though Hazel`s cancer seems to be an obstacle in their way, they cannot help falling in love with each other. In A Walk to Remember, based on a novel with the same title by Nicholas Sparks, the protagonist, Landon Carter, meets Jamie Sullivan, a very reserved girl whose father is the reverend of the church, and he asks her for help because he needs to practice for a play at their school, which he was forced to participate in due to his criminal behavior. Jamie tells him that she will help him on one condition. “You have to promise not to fall in love with me,” she says. Jamie was trying to warn Landon not to fall for her, just like Hazel did with Augustus, but Landon dismisses Jamie`s comment and tells her he would never do that. Unlike Hazel and Augustus, Landon and Jamie did not feel instantly attracted to each other, which is one main difference between the movies. Another difference would be that Landon is healthy, while Hazel is not, which means that Hazel has a battle with her own body, and Landon does not. One similarity, though, would be that both Jamie and Hazel warned Landon and Augustus about falling in love with them, and neither of them listened. Landon ends up falling in love with Jamie, but what Landon does not know is that she has leukemia, and that is why she was trying to keep him away. This also happens in The Fault in Our Stars, where Augustus admits that he still has cancer, and that it has grown stronger. Both films show how unexpected revelations make the protagonists suffer. Hazel and Landon do not know how to react to their lovers` confessions. In the end, both Hazel and Landon decide to work through the obstacles, being brave and never abandoning their partners. Both plots are beautiful and show viewers how love conquers all, even if unexpected events make them lose hope sometimes. In this aspect, it would be a tie, for both stories have beautiful messages, which makes their plot equally marvelous.
The setting for both stories is quite different. The Fault in Our Stars takes place in Indianapolis, but not the normal Indianapolis. Hazel has grown up in “sick” Indianapolis, which is just another way of saying that most of the places that she and Augustus visit are hospitals, support groups, and other places that kids with cancer would normally attend to. A great part of the movie is also set on Amsterdam, which is a bittersweet setting. It is bittersweet because Hazel and Augustus`s love blossoms there, but it is also the place where Augustus confesses that he is still sick. A Walk to Remember, though, only takes place in Beaufort, a small town in North Carolina where the rich people and the poor people are separated by a river, and it is the typical small town where everybody knows everybody else, and all the teenagers attend to the same school. The setting of The Fault in Our Stars is more interesting and less predictable than the setting of A Walk to Remember because there are so many stories that take place in small towns that the setting has become predictable and somehow boring.
Now comes the time for the endings, which were both different and alike at the same time. Both endings bring tears to the viewer`s eyes. In The Fault in Our Stars, Augustus asks Hazel to write a eulogy for him, for he knows that he is about to run out of time. Hazel writes it and reads it aloud in front of Augustus and his best friend, Isaac, who also wrote a eulogy for Augustus. Hazel talks about how thankful she is for the “little infinity” that she and Augustus shared and she thanks him for giving her a “forever within the numbered days” because she knows that her days are also numbered, and she allowed herself to love Augustus, even when she knew how things would end. One week later, Augustus dies, and Hazel receives a letter that he wrote to Peter Van Houten, who is the writer of their favorite book, An Imperial Affliction. In the letter, Augustus asks Van Houten to help him fix a eulogy that he has written for Hazel. Van Houten says that he has nothing to add to it, and he gives it to Hazel, who immediately reads it. The letter is full of the characteristics that made Augustus fall for Hazel, and it ends with the phrase “Okay, Hazel Grace?” to which Hazel responds, “Okay,” marking the final scene of the movie. In A Walk to Remember, Landon and Jamie marry each other because Landon tells Jamie that he wants to take advantage of the little time that they have together. Jamie dies a couple of months later, and Landon visits Jamie`s father years later, and he tells Landon that he was a miracle to Jamie. Landon smiles, and the final scene shows him looking at the horizon, while saying, “our love is like the wind, I can`t see it, but I can feel it.” Both bring tears to the eyes of the viewers, but in The Fault in Our Stars, the male character dies, while in A Walk to Remember it is the girl who dies. A huge similarity would be that both Hazel and Landon come to peace with the fact that their loved ones will not come back, and they both understand that their love for them will not stop, even when they are no longer there. The Fault in Our Stars is a little more touching and sad, though, because Hazel not only has to deal with Augustus`s cancer, but her own cancer as well. The stories have similar endings, but The Fault in Our Stars wins this one, too.
In conclusion, both movies have beautiful plots and messages, but The Fault in Our Stars has a less predictable, therefore more interesting, setting and a more touching ending, making The Fault in Our Stars better than A Walk to Remember.
Agape, Philia, and Eros: Greek Love in “The Fault In Our Stars”
The English language is slightly limited when it comes to “love”. Love is the only word that the language offers to describe, well, love. Despite people loving certain people (or things) in different ways–the love a best friend receives is different from the love spouse receives—“love” covers it all. However, the Greek language provides more than just one word when it comes to love. There are many kinds of love displayed in John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. The three that are the most apparent are those of agape, philia, and eros. Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen-year-old living with cancer, receives agape, witnesses philia, and experiences eros.
Agape is a love that gives and gives and gives without expecting (or even wanting) anything. Hazel receives agape from her parents, in particular from her mother. Mrs. Lancaster literally makes herself available every second of the day for her daughter who, in reality, is dying. Mrs. Lancaster feels guilty whenever she is not doing anything for the direct betterment of Hazel. Toward the end of the book, she reveals that she has been going to school in order to become a social worker. This is to prepare for when she can work again when Hazel no longer needs care. She kept the information from Hazel because she felt like Hazel would feel tossed aside. She did not want Hazel to feel like she had given up on her.
Additionally, Mrs. Lancaster displays agape is when Hazel’s favorite author, Peter Van Houten, invites her to visit him if she ever finds herself in Amsterdam. Hazel is obsessed with finding out the answers to unanswered questions in his book, An Imperial Affliction, which he refuses to disclose over email. Upon receiving an email from him, she yells for her mother. Mrs. Lancaster bursts into her room seconds later, clutching a towel around herself, suds dripping from her hair. She had been taking a shower, but wanted to make sure Hazel was okay.
Hazel explains her predicament and asks if they can go to Amsterdam. Mrs. Lancaster comments on the lack of finances. At that moment, Hazel is struck by how she is the reason that he parents do not have a lot of money. Also at that instant, Mrs. Lancaster is filled with a desire to make it happen for Hazel, and expresses it to her daughter, saying she’ll talk to Mr. Lancaster. Hazel, however, shoots the idea down, aware of how much her parents have already done for her.
This is an important scene because it really portrays Mrs. Lancaster’s agape for her daughter. With their saving essentially drained, things are tight and the medical bills just keep coming. However, she intuits that this might really be what’s best for Hazel, who may not live much longer. When she realizes this, she can see no reason not to make it happen. She does not care about finances the trip will cost or time it will take. She continually pours herself out for Hazel, giving her everything that she possibly can. Mrs. Lancaster does this even when it will deprive herself of things.
Another kind of love is that of philia. Philia is often something that is shared between friends. It involves putting up with and appreciating the good parts of each other. In meeting Augustus Waters, Hazel also gets to know Isaac, the best friend of Augustus. The boys are there for each other no matter what, through thick and thin. Augustus means the world to Isaac. Similarly, Augustus will go to any lengths to be there for Isaac, such as shown when Isaac’s girlfriend, Monica, breaks up with him.
The night that Isaac and Monica break up, Augustus does what he can to help his friend. In addition to being dumped, Isaac is also facing the prospect of a surgery to remove cancer. Unfortunately, the chances that this surgery will leave him blind are quite high. Augustus plays video games with him and ends up inviting Hazel over to help. When Isaac keeps trying to ventilate his anger on a seemingly indestructible pillow, Augustus allows him to destroy his basketball trophies. Thus, the night is christened “The Night Of The Broken Trophies”. The evening bears witness to the fact that Augustus will go to any lengths to cure Isaac of his sadness.
Additionally, Augustus displays philia after Isaac goes blind. When Monica does not even visit or call to see how he is doing, Isaac gets increasingly frustrated. Augustus, along with Hazel, takes Isaac to Monica’s house. Augustus and Hazel proceed to help Isaac egg the house, not stopping even when Monica’s mother comes out.
Isaac shows his philia for Augustus when he gives a fake-eulogy before Augustus dies. In the eulogy, he gives testimony to how much Augustus means to him. He speaks of how, if he is ever given the ability to see the world again, he would not want to see it without his best friend.
The most “romantic” kind of love is eros. This is a sensual, passionate love, shared between lovers. Augustus and Hazel experience this love. They are deeply attracted to and desire to be loved by each other. Hazel is originally afraid of this love, because she does not want to love Augustus only to hurt him by dying, as a former girlfriend had. However, she eventually gives in both to him and to her desires.
Augustus spends his “Wish” on Hazel, taking her to Amsterdam to meet Peter Van Houten. When Peter Van Houten fails to answer their questions satisfactorily, Hazel is extremely upset but Augustus comforts her. Later, during their trip, they let go of self-control and consummate their relationship, which is perhaps the ultimate example of eros, the most physical kind of love.
The Fault In Our Stars carries emotional weight, because it is pulsing with different types of love, the loves of agape, philia, and eros. Hazel’s altruistic mother exhibits agape in the way she cares for her daughter without wanting or expecting anything in return. Best friends Augustus and Isaac show each other great philia in the way they strive to make each other feel better. Lastly, the eros that Augustus and Hazel share by their affection and selflessness for each other is incredibly deep. Rather than a narrative about death or about love, The Fault in Our Stars is primarily about love.
Review Of John Green’s Novel The Fault In Our Stars
The Fault In Our Stars is a novel composed by John Green, a prestigious creator of Young Adult fiction. The story gives a record of Hazel, who can barely recall existence without malignant growth and has nearly surrendered expectation on her life. She at that point meets Augustus Waters, a malignant growth survivor and once had a tumor in his leg, which peruses her preferred books for her and spends time with her and this encourages her to accumulate quality. Both of them manage malignancy and love. The two fall pitifully infatuated, despite the fact that they realize their story will just end in deplorability.
The story is written in an amazing manner which causes us to turn into a piece of the characters and feel similar feelings. Hazel and Augustus bid to perusers through their comical inclination and their mental fortitude. Be that as it may, behind this mental fortitude, them two shroud their torment to ensure their families. John Green, through Hazel and Augustus, brings both: tears and giggling.
Hazel Grace Lancaster hasn’t encountered the ‘ungainliness’ that is young life in three years subsequent to being determined to have malignant growth when she was thirteen. Constrained by her mom, Hazel Grace hesitantly goes to a disease bolster gathering to meet other people who probably comprehend what she’s experiencing.
This insipid and really hopeless care group is the place she meets the enchanting, alluring and unremarkably attractive Augustus ‘Gus’ Waters, an amputee whose positive thinking towards life intrigues Hazel. Gus turns out to be promptly pulled in to Hazel and, however the inclination is shared, Hazel realizes that their affection is bound from the beginning.
Be that as it may, Gus still charms Hazel. He completely changes herself by giving her, as she states: ‘Everlastingly inside the numbered of days’ and changing her frame of mind towards life.
The two travel to Amsterdam to look for the writer of their preferred book, ‘An Imperial Affliction’, where their relationship blooms and they discover that life, with or without malignancy, is difficult to look when all is said in done, and some of the time the individuals who encourage you to settle on brave and indiscreet decisions can’t generally cull up the fortitude to make their own.
Their ‘little interminability’ advises you that even the most awful romantic tale can be idyllic, smart, silly and loaded with inspiration, in any event, when you know there’s no possibility of consistently having a ‘fantasy’ finishing.
John Green (additionally the creator of blockbusters ‘Searching For Alaska’, ‘An Abundance of Katherine’s’ and ‘Will Grayson, Will Grayson’) makes you extremely upset in the most ideal manner, and makes you cry, chuckle, and grin all through. Despite the fact that he writes in a playful and cheerful way, you can at present sense Hazel’s disturbance at life, which is charming, as despite the fact that Hazel Grace is compelled to be adult for her age, you can see she’s still only a cantankerous, cranky teenager.
With a film set to be discharged in June, Hazel and Gus have just charmed a huge number of hearts with their rousing and drawing in story. Despite the fact that numerous books have been corrupted by the motion picture, you can detect just by the trailer that this film will satisfy its hopes. Shailene Woodley, an honor winning on-screen character, and newcomer Ansel Elgort, will star as the affection wiped out youngsters. I trust that they will depict the characters honestly and sincerely.
The Fault in Our Stars is one of those books you can’t quit perusing, yet you never need it to end. It’s warm, happy and manages a touchy theme like malignancy in such a downplayed and unpretentious way. You feel it’s only one of life’s numerous issues and, despite the fact that it’s an intense issue, Hazel and Gus instruct you that you can’t give an ailment a chance to like malignant growth influence your adoration forever.
This book is valuable. It reveals to you that you can’t surrender in any event, when something is attempting to prevent you from getting a charge out of a glad life. It’s an uncommon book that is enthusiastic and loaded with light. The Fault in Our Stars is something that will speak to everybody, as it pulls on your heart strings and makes you chuckle. Be that as it may, above all, it makes you consider how important love is, the way short an actual existence can be, and how only one individual can completely change yourself in the most basic manner.
Review Of The Book The Fault In Our Stars By John Green
The fault in our stars is a book about a 16 year old girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster suffering from a thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs. Since she is very depressed and lonely she loves to read books. One day her mom notices she reads the same book “An Imperial Afflicton” over and over again. She visits doctor and tells her about her condition behalf of which the doctor recommends her to join a cancer patient group where people going through tough phases of life like herself come together to share stories and socialize. One fine evening while she enters the cancer patient group building she bumps into a guy named Agustus Waters.
Agustus is a guy whose osteosarcoma caused him to lose his right leg. Agustus is a survivor of cancer but he comes to cancer patient group just for his friend named Issac who unfortunately suffers from eye cancer. In the group everyone starts to share their biggest fear of their life. Agustus says his biggest fear is being oblivion then suddenly hazel debates and says everything and everyone that exists will come to an end oblivion is inevitable. After the class ends while hazel waits for her mom to pick her up from the cancer patient group Agustus comes by and talks to her and both share their liking about books. Everything goes fine until Agustus pulls out a cigarette and puts it in between his lips. Hazel gets angry thinking he smokes knowing that cigarette causes cancer and he being a cancer survivor smokes and promotes a company that spreads cancer then Agustus smiles and says he doesn’t ever light the cigarette he just puts cigarette in his mouth as a metaphor that not giving the power to the thing that kills even it is very close. Then Hazel smiles and they both go for a movie that Agustus house where they talk about books and how Agustus loves a book about zombies and stromtroopers. Hazel talks how good an imperial affliction is and recommends Agustus to read the book. Agustus reads the book and finds out that book ends in half sentence probably character dies suddenly. Agustus gets curious and asks hazel. Hazel has the same question and says she has been asking this question to the writer Peter Van Hal via email but doesn’t ever get an email back. One day in a phone call Agustus reads his email to Hazel which apparently comes from the writer than Hazel has been trying to contact for ages. When asked how Agustus says he contacted his assistant and requested to forward to the writer. In the email he says he can’t tell how the story ends because she might leak the info and demand for a sequel might arise and invites them to Amsterdam where the writer lives. Hazel gets excited and tells her mom about it but mom says cost is an issue because they are not financially strong. Agustus tells her to use her wish which is provided by a company called genie which grants one wish to the dying patients. Hazel apparently already used her wish to go to Disneyland while she used to be a kid. Agustus laughs at her foolishness and they go back to their home. Next day Agustus invites Hazel to a park over a sandwich like a picnic and says he wants to use his wish for her and go together to Amsterdam to meet the writer of the book and find out the answers like what happens at the end. Everything was fine until one morning she couldn’t breathe properly and had to be rushed to a hospital. Her lungs filled up with liquid so she couldn’t breathe. She gets better after medication but she feels sad that she couldn’t go to Amsterdam to meet the writer and get answer to her questions. After few days her mom and Agustus manage everything and they go to Amsterdam to meet the writer they were so excited for. They reach Amsterdam and go to the writer’s house where they find out the writer is a drunk and it was his assistant that Invited them to Amsterdam. Writer disrespects them makes fun about their cancer disease and tells them to leave.
They get sad and sit in a bench by the park where Agustus says he developed cancer to and is in his last stage. One night Agustus gets sick at a gas station and calls Hazel for help and is taken to emergency room. Agustus gets sick and knows he is about to die so he requests Hazel to not stay at hospital to see him die. Next morning she gets the news that Agustus passed away leaving a letter to the writer that saying how beautiful and smart she is and how lucky he felt to get to love her.
This book is for everyone who is going through a tough phase in life because the character in this book go through a lot of hardship but never give up. Their love keeps them together and takes them through every tough situation. I have read many love story books but “The Fault In Our Stars” is the most true to life and simple story that doesn’t fail to touch my heart. So I want to recommend this book as it is a full of emotion and refreshing read.
Analysis Of The Fault In Our Stars Through Erikson’s Theory Of Psychological Development
Hazel Grace is the protagonist in the novel, as she is the center of the story and the major character. She is a seventeen- year -old girl who has had cancer for a while now. Due to her mother’s request she attends a support group for cancer patients. Upon one of these meetings, she meets Augustus Waters who has had cancer himself. However, he is there to support his friend Isaac who currently has cancer as Hazel does at this point in the novel. Augustus no longer has cancer as his osteosarcoma was rid of through leg amputation. Augustus and Hazel come to learn that they are very similar with just as similar interests. Such as reading but precisely the novel “An Imperial Affliction”. This novel coincidently is about a girl who has cancer. Time passes after they discuss over the novel and Augustus surprises Hazel that he had contacted the author and that the author, Van Houten said he would only answer Hazel’s question about the novel’s ending in person taking them on an adventure that they never saw coming in the end where they find love, sadness, and happiness.
In this film and novel, I chose the developmental theory of Psychoanalytical theory which was born from Erik Erikson. Since his theory describes eight stages that fit Hazel’s challenging developmental crisis due to cancer. Cancer is the factor that plays a huge roll in Hazel Grace’s life. Erikson declares that when a person experiences a psychosocial crisis it could have a positive or negative outcome for personality development. In this case, cancer affects her development negatively.
In the stage of Industry vs Inferiority, it occurs from ages of five to twelve. One thing that occurs in this stage, which is stage four, is that it is where the child could gain a great self-esteem from their peer group. If the initiative is not encountered it will result in the child feeling inferior, and doubtful of one’s abilities. For Hazel, in this stage she was diagnosed with the terminal form of thyroid cancer that has now spread to her lungs. This sets her aside from other children as throughout this stage the healthy children were able to go through this stage and complete it and find that sense of being inferior. However, for Hazel she now couldn’t get that high self-esteem from her peer group as she feels outcasted for her illness. This is shown as Hazel finished high school early to not associate with those her age since she was surrounded with people that were not like her.
The other stage from Erikson’s theory found in the movie is the stage of Intimacy vs Isolation. The six stage of psychosocial development. In this stage it centers on forming relationships with other people that is with someone who is not a family member. If one is successful in this stage, it ends with a relationship that is happy that contains commitment and care. However, for Grace at first, she fails at this stage. When one fails at this stage it leads to isolation, loneliness, and possibly depression. Hazel Grace has been making herself fail at this stage as she knows yet denies to act on her feelings for Augustus for a period of time. She developed the habit of closing off to situations or people to avoid future pain as relationships come with attachment. All she could think of was when she would die it would hurt those who she left behind, and her parents have no option since they are family. Yet, this mentality of hers led her to believe that she should minimize the amount of people she’d leave behind, hence her reluctance to her feelings for Augustus at first. This however changes as they fall in love and she lets herself. Grace towards Augustus says, “I fell in love with the way you fall asleep; slowly and then all at once”. Now, Grace has passed this stage successfully and she no longer was fearful to commit to a relationship, no longer was isolated. Instead, she now had a relationship that withheld care, commitment, safety, and love with Augustus, and a friendship with Isaac.
Reading Reflection On The Fault In Our Stars By John Green
The novel “The Fault In Our Stars” is written by John Green. This book connects all your life’s practicality. The author manages to relate all the points to the teen life of every person. The book is written to portray a real story of two teens Hazel, a 16-year-old girl who fall in love with Augustus, a 17-year-old boy. Despite falling in love, the fact remains both have cancer. Both were sent to attend support group meeting, and that’s where Hazel and Augustus met.
One thing that stood out to me in the novel was that the author had filled the book with all types of figures of speech to describe his characters. The book interests me as although it had a sad ending, I took it as a positive outlook on life. An interesting metaphor use in the novel was when both meet outside at the meeting break; he takes out a cigarette in front of Hazel who has lung cancer. She immediately responds, “You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to make it’s killing.” The way Hazel said the quote, made me realize that Augustus tried to give him the power of which none of us have control over, death. “Cigarettes give you cancer,” she said, and Augustus is choosing not to smoke, shows us how he understand that by putting that cigarette in his mouth he is not leaving his fate to decide the time he has.
John Green has used Augustus in showing how the readers could also get over their evil temptations. This scene itself has connected me so deeply to the idea, none of the novels which I’ve read showed such depth. “You are not a grenade, not to us. Thinking about dying makes us sad, Hazel, but you are not a grenade. You are amazing”. This quote make it so comforting for the person suffering and also the person reading it. It only shows the love the support group passes on to each other, to boost the morale.
The author also raised an idea regarding love in the novel. Which having said only gives us a feel of reality among the two teens. It’s not that I was expecting a happy ever after, but a pleasant feeling set off by both character did not deceive me from the text. Augustus truly lived to those standards for Hazel. Their relationship wasn’t ordinary, it was something positive to take to the way of living. A quote that sets the tone for the youngsters was, “It’s a real life, Hazel Grace.” The reason I chose this quote was even though both had cancer, it was the hope factor that took out the negative of the situation. On the whole, The novel, allows me to feel the key to any impossible task. Even though they were facing their troubles, I couldn’t imagine myself in their shoes. The positive approach set by the author is commendable. It’s an inspiration to millions of those facing deadly diseases. So they could embrace the problem and move on trying to make the best out of their lives.