The Fault In Our Stars (Part 1)
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The Fault In Our Stars
"I'm Hazel, I'd say when they'd get to me. Sixteen. Thyroid originally but with an impressive and long-settled satellite colony in my lungs." (P. 4).
Copyright © 2012 by John Green By: Erin Murphy English 10 Hour 5
The setting of my novel takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is set in modern time, in the end of winter/beginning of spring. The setting takes places at a few different locations in Indianapolis. Hazel spends most of her time at her house, but her mom makes her get out of the house every once in a while, and do something. After Hazel and Gus meet, they over to Gus's house a lot. Every Wednesday, Hazel has to go to the Support Group her mom forces her to attend, which is in the basement of an Episcopal church. This quote shows that Hazel is at her house a lot and it is because her mother thinks she is depressed that she is forced to attend her weekly Support Group. "Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house." (P. 3).
Hazel Grace Lancaster is a 16 year old girl suffering from lung cancer and thyroid cancer, that she got diagnosed with at 13. She enjoys reading (specifically her favorite book "An Imperial Affliction"). She has very loving and supportive parents that want her to get better and to enjoy her life. Hazel has an old friend from school named Kaitlyn that she occasionally hangs out with. She has also met a guy named Augustus/Gus at support group and they have become close friends. Isaac is also one of Hazel's support group friends. Isaac is best friends with Gus.
"I'm a grenade. I just want to stay away from people and read books and think and be with you guys because there's nothing I can do about hurting you; You're too invested, so just please let me do that, okay? I'm not depressed. I don't need to get out more." (p. 98). Hazel feels as if she is a burden to her parents, as this quote shows, and the people that love her because of her cancer. As a result of this she tries to close herself off and does not like to get close to people. Her mom thinks she is depressed because she spends so much time in her room and doesn't like to be with people. She makes Hazel go to Support Group and Hazel hates it, because she doesn't like being helped and causing problems for others. Once Hazel meets Gus, she tries pushing him away, since she's scared of hurting him or being a burden to him, even though he really likes her. Her cancer also causes many problems for her.
The antagonist in this novel is cancer. It holds Hazel, and many others in the book, from being normal teenagers and doing what they love. It causes problems in their lives and makes them have a constant fear of not knowing how long they have left, since they have a possibly incurable disease. Most of the main characters are fighting a battle against cancer and it seems like cancer is winning for the majority of them. "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. (Cancer is also a side effect of dying. Almost everything is, really.)" (P. 3). This quote shows that having cancer, is causing more problems for Hazel, and making her life harder.
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