The Fault in Our Stars | Study Guide

John Green

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The Fault in Our Stars | Chapter 22 | Summary

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The funeral is held in the church where the cancer support group meets. When Hazel arrives, she immediately removes all of her medical equipment in order to view Gus just by herself. She says goodbye one last time and sits down to attend the service. She is quickly alerted that Van Houten is attending the service as well, sitting on a bench behind her. She is vaguely infuriated and tries to ignore him although he attempts to engage her in conversation. Despite wanting to avoid the postfuneral gathering, Hazel decides to go although it is just as miserable as she was anticipating it would be. As they are leaving, Van Houten stops and asks for a ride in her car. Hazel reluctantly acquiesces, but it quickly becomes clear his unpleasantness remains, and she kicks him out of the vehicle. She and her parents head home and continue to grieve.

Analysis

After Hazel says goodbye one last time to Gus, all she would like to do is grieve alone; however, there are responsibilities to the living she must keep. Most unwelcome, Van Houten turns up, a ghost, part of Hazel's pre-Gus past, threatening to pull her back into the depths of oblivion, but she dismisses him and his attempts to tell her the end of the story she no longer cares about. Instead of turning to An Imperial Affliction for comfort, she turns to her father, whose comments are not about the inevitability of death but on the unfairness of the world and the privilege it was to have loved Gus despite that.

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