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The Fault in Our Stars, Essential Revision Notes

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Table of Contents

Context 5

Summary 7

Characters 9

Hazel Grace Lancaster 9

Augustus “Gus” Waters 9

Isaac 10

Mrs. Lancaster 10

Mr. Lancaster 10

Peter Van Houten 10

Patrick 11

Augustus’s parents 11

Dr. Maria 11

Lidewij Vliegenthart 11

Kaitlyn 11

Monica 12

Caroline Mathers 12

Anna 12

Themes, Motifs, and Symbols 13

Themes 13

The Necessity of Suffering 13

Fear of Oblivion 13

The Insensitivity of the Universe 14

The Realities of Terminal Cancer 15

The Importance of Fiction 15

Motifs 16

Drowning 16

Metaphors 16

Existentialism 17

Symbols 17

Water 17

Augustus's cigarettes 18

Grenade 18

An Imperial Affliction 19

Important Quotations Explained 21

1. 21

2. 21

3. 22

4. 22

5. 23

Sample Answers 25

How do the novel’s various characters seek relief from their pain? Does the novel suggest that some ways of coping with grief are better than others? 25

The Fault in Our Stars is a novel about kids with cancer that seeks to dispel many of the conventions regarding the subject. How does the novel accomplish this feat? Is it successful? 26

What role does cancer play in the novel? How are the characters’ concerns different from those of healthy teenagers as a result of their cancers? 27

Context

John Green was born August 24, 1977, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He spent the formative years of his youth primarily in the southern United States. While an adolescent, Green attended Indian Springs boarding school outside of Birmingham, Alabama, and then he went on to study at Kenyon College, where he double-majored in English and Religious Studies. Upon graduating from Kenyon College Green initially intended to become Episcopalian Minister. Following that path, he enrolled at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Before starting his Episcopalian studies at the university, Green served as a student chaplain at a local children’s hospital, where he worked with terminally ill youth. This experience proved pivotal in helping him decide to end his pursuit...

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