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The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
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The Fault in Our Stars Theme of Life, Consciousness and Existence

Yowza. We told you The Fault in Our Stars would tackle some pretty heady themes, so here's one for the books. Hazel and Augustus are pretty cerebral kids, and they're constantly going over philosophical ideas about their existence and what place they hold in the world. They feel the need to figure things out, maybe because they're acutely aware that they don't have an endless amount of time left. They are trying to read, learn, and drink up all of life's lessons at once—which leads to some pretty epic adventures over the course of the story.

Questions About Life, Consciousness and Existence

  1. Why does Hazel spend so much time thinking about life, anyway?
  2. Does Augustus really fear oblivion, or does he just fear death?
  3. What kind of insight does Van Houten's book give the characters into the meaning of life?
  4. Does Augustus's death bring any clarity to the issues Hazel's been contemplating?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Hazel's obsession with the ending of An Imperial Affliction has a whole lot to do with her desire to figure out how life works.

Because of their cancer, Augustus and Hazel spend a lot more time thinking about their mortality than typical teenagers.

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