The Fault in Our Stars featured many variants of events that shaped the theme of the book. I created a time line GIF that slowly incorporates different events that appears through the development of the story. The theme I determine to be in the text was “death is inevitable but we need to live our life to the fullest and embrace the time we have on this world.” I chose this theme because it properly presents the motif within this story, everything is a side effect of dying, as well as the dynamic change of Hazel as the story progresses.
I selected, ‘“… depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying’” (Green 3). As this quote suggests, it offers the reader with a clear idea of isolation towards Hazel. This was a useful quote to obtain as it is at the very start of the book giving the reader a glimpse of the theme in the text.
Hazels realization of love and embracement started in this quote, “and only now that I loved a grenade did I understand the foolishness of trying to save others from my own impending fragmentation: I couldn’t unlove Augustus Waters. And I didn’t want to’” (214). To add onto the readers’ thoughts, John Green gifted us with this quote to propagate the theme as Hazel learns not only how it feels to love a “grenade” but also how to embrace Augustus and herself for what they are.
The theme was strengthened when Hazel presented her love and thankfulness to Augustus on his death bed: ‘“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”’ (260). This suitably concludes the theme of this heartbreaking story. Embracing the time they have left, Hazel gladly supplied the spectators with a powerful end quote to properly end The Fault in Our Stars.