The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green
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How does the novel The Fault in Our Stars use language and stylistic techniques to explore the themes of love and death?

The language and style of The Fault in Our Stars is light-hearted and flippant. Hazel calls her support group a "circle jerk." Augustus insists on a peculiar "prefuneral." You could argue that the general irrelevance and quirkiness makes it easier for the reader and the characters to confront the tragic foundation of the story.

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At first, your question seems like a trick. Of course,The Fault in Our Stars uses language and stylistic techniques to confront themes of love and death. It's a novel. That's what novels do. They're made up of language. Language has a style.

I suppose, there's a specific language and...

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At first, your question seems like a trick. Of course, The Fault in Our Stars uses language and stylistic techniques to confront themes of love and death. It's a novel. That's what novels do. They're made up of language. Language has a style.

I suppose, there's a specific language and a specific style in The Fault in Our Stars that helps the reader better confront the large, intricate, complex themes of love and death.

When I read The Fault In Our Stars, I notice a lot of humor and sarcasm. Remember, Hazel starts the novel with: "Late in the winter of my seventeenth year."

This is quite a way to begin a novel. It makes me think of an epic Russian novel that dates back centuries and lasts for 1,000 pages. Yet something tells me Hazel is using this over-the-top style on purpose. It's like she's making fun of her own story and situation.

Hazel seems to treat the seriousness of death as a laughing matter. Think about her descriptions of the support group. She refers to the support group as a "circle jerk." She'd rather watch America's Next Top Model then attend.

You could talk about how Hazel's light-hearted language leads to a flippant style. You could discuss how Hazel's irrelevant style and language make it easier on the reader to face the sadness that's on its way.

For the parts when Hazel has to be serious, you could talk about how the pert tone lends the somber sections a sense of authenticity. Though it might seem paradoxical, you might want to address how the cheeky language and style highlights the dire predicaments of Hazel and Augustus.

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