The Fault in Our Stars
Comparing a novel to Greek Mythology
This book is about a young girl, Hazel Grace Lancaster, who was diagnosed with cancer at age 13, but after a miracle the treatment shrunk the tumors in her lungs. At a support group she meets Augustus Waters. Augustus is a former basketball star who lost his leg from cancer. Augustus and Hazel Grace are in love. The whole book is there adventures together like going to Amsterdam to meet there once favorite author and being there for their friend who had recently become blind because of cancer.
Augustus and Hazel Grace have the archetypal hero trait of going on an adventure or quest. In the Greek myth "Orpheus and Eurydice" Orpheus has to travel to the underworld to retrieve Eurydice after she was bitten by a snake and died. Augustus and Hazel Grace go to Amsterdam to find out answers on the book An Imperial Affliction written by Van Houten. They want to find out what happens after the main character. In both the Greek myth and my novel have at least one character that goes on an adventure or a quest.
Both an archetypal hero and Hazel Grace have to be brave. They both have to have courage. Hazel Grace is dying of cancer and she can just give up. She has to fight for her life. Also when Augustus dies, she has to be strong and show her support for his family and friends.
Hazel Grace suffers many traumatic events in TFiOS. She has to deal with the love of her life being diagnosed with cancer and she has to live knowing that he is dying. After trying to cope with Augustus being diagnosed, he passes. She has to go to his funeral and see the love of her life dead.
I would recommend this book to everyone in middle school or up because you have to be old enough to understand everything that is going on in the book and because of the uncommon vocabulary. I really enjoyed it. I liked the fact that I got to see through the eyes of a cancer patient. I had a really hard time putting this book down and it was a page turner.