The Fault In Our Stars Theme Analysis

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“The fear of death follows from fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”-Mark Twain. In The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Hazel realizes that she needs to make each moment of her life count, which can be seen three times throughout the novel. The first occurrence is when Hazel goes on a trip to Amsterdam with Augustus. A second instance is when Hazel writes a eulogy for Gus and goes to see him, even though her parents do not want her to. Thirdly, the theme appears when Peter Van Houten speaks with Hazel and explains how his grief about his daughter’s death revealed his true self. The theme of The Fault in Our Stars is that death is a part of life, so we need to live our best lives each day. The theme that…show more content…
When Hazel and Gus meet Peter Van Houten in Amsterdam, they realize that he is a terrible man. It was Peter’s assistant, Lidewij Vliegenthart, who had arranged their meeting. Peter turned out to be a rude drunk who insisted that nothing happens after the main character dies in An Imperial Affliction. Much later in The Fault in Our Stars, when Gus dies, Peter Van Houten makes an appearance at his funeral. After the funeral, Hazel finds Peter in her car. At first, she is furious, but then Peter explains that he wrote his book because his daughter died of cancer. He was rude the day they meet because Hazel reminded him of his daughter. As he explained Peter said, “Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you” (John Green 286). Peter explained that the death of his daughter exposed his worst self. This relates to the theme: death is a part of life, so we need to live our best lives each day because Peter’s daughter’s death was a part of his life, but it exposed and ruined him. In order for Hazel to live her best life she cannot give up because Gus is dead. Death and hardship is a part of being alive, so Hazel needs to be resilient through to keep grief from revealing her worst self. In conclusion, when Peter Van Houten speaks with Hazel and…show more content…
The first occurrence of this theme is when Hazel goes on a trip to Amsterdam with Augustus to meet their favorite author. Hazel is living her best life by going to Amsterdam to meet Peter Van Houten because she has always wondered about what happens to the characters in An Imperial Affliction and it may be the last trip she goes on. The theme’s second occurrence is when Hazel writes a eulogy for Gus and goes to is pre-funeral. Hazel does not know which good day will be Gus’s last so spending time with Gus is making the most of their time left together. Thirdly, the theme appears when Peter Van Houten speaks with Hazel and explains how his grief about his daughter’s death revealed his true self. Peter’s daughter’s death was a part of his life and ruined him, so in order for Hazel to live her best life she cannot give up because Gus is dead. Hazel must conquer her fear of death to then live her best life. Only when Hazel lives her best life can she be ready to
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