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John Green

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John Green

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Drama, Romance

Perspective and Narrator

The Fault in Our Stars is narrated in the first person by Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old girl diagnosed with stage IV thyroid cancer and metastatic tumors in her lungs. The perspective is limited to Hazel's thoughts and descriptions about other people and events that occur, inviting a strong emotional connection between the reader and the character.


The Fault in Our Stars is narrated in the present tense.

About the Title

The Fault in Our Stars references a line from the play Julius Caesar by British playwright William Shakespeare: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves, that we are underlings." The quotation comes from a scene in which the conspirator Cassius attempts to convince co-conspirator Brutus that their political problem is not a result of fate but instead of human error or their own weak positions. However, the quotation is often understood differently in more modern contexts to mean that human problems are not caused by people's errors but the whims of fate. In this novel John Green also indicates that bad things happen to good people for no other reason than fate or chance.


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