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Name: Marina DossDecember Novel ~ Theme EssayDirections: Write an essay in which you explain the theme of the novel you read in December.  Be sure to use the materials in your writing portfolio and the essay we wrote together to help.  You will have two class periods to draft, revise, and edit your five paragraph essay.  You will be assessed using the Argument Writing Checklist.  Good luck.The literary masterpiece The Fault in our Stars is a deep, funny and tear-jerking novel by John Green. Though it may look like an average, run of the mill book, it is far from that description. Hazel is a cancer survivor and her favourite book, An Imperial Affliction is her bible. She wanted desperately to meet the author, Peter Van Houten, but it was impossible because A) she used her dying wish for a trip to Disneyland, B) the author cut himself off from the world after writing the book, and C) he lived halfway across the world and never answered her fan mail. Soon she meets this guy in a support group named Augustus Waters, they become close friends, and miraculously when Agustus email Van Houten, he responds.  Augustus also suffered from cancer but didn’t use his dying wish, so he uses it to take Him, Hazel, and Hazel’s mom to Amsterdam for a few days so they can meet the author. There are many themes hidden in between the lines in this book, but one theme is pretty clear: That one can find a bright side to every situation, no matter how bad it may seem.Hazel and Augustus have always had the “power” to make any moment humorous. For example, when Hazel and Augustus were trying to provide some emotional support to a heartbroken Isaac who had got dumped just before a life changing surgery that would render him blind the rest of his life, Agustus attempts to brighten the mood by saying, “‘You look a little… Pardon the double entendre, my friend, but there’s something a little worrisome in your eyes.'” (Green, 61) This was meant to be humorous because Isaac’s only working eye was overflowing with tears and about to be surgically removed. In addition, when Hazel is depressed and Agustus decides to help sell her even more depressing swing set, in the item description box Hazel, as a joke,  writes “‘Lonely, Vaguely Pedophilic Swing Set Seeks the Butts of Children.'” (Green 123) This certainly lightens the mood, because minutes earlier she was having an emotional breakdown. As you can see, the comedy duo that is Hazel and Augustus are always attempting to brighten the mood by making a smart-mouthed or humorous comment, and they help each other through their darkest moments by doing so.When Augustus and Hazel went to Amsterdam solely to meet Peter Van Houten, only to realize that he was a jerk, they didn’t let that ruin their whole trip. When recounting the story to Hazels mom, Hazel says: ” We made the story funny. You have a choice in this world, I believe about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice.” (Green, 209) Even though Hazel had been waiting for that moment for most of her teenage life, she still wanted to have a good time. Also on the trip, when Augustus tells Hazel that his tumours had spread throughout his body, and Hazel was crying, they said to each other: “‘I don’t think you’re dying.’ I Hazel said. ‘I just think you’ve got a touch of cancer.’ He smiled. Gallows humour. ‘I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up.’he said.” (Green 219) The phrase  “‘I’m on a rollercoaster that only goes up.'” is a quote that Augustus references quite often. There may even be some symbolism there, because Augustus’s roller coaster is about to come crashing down, and that is the last time he says it. And even though Agustus has little time left, he is still trying to make others laugh like he did when he was ignorant about his condition.Not only did the main characters make melancholy moments slightly less melancholy by jokes, but they did so by finding the beauty in those dark moments. Hazel does this when he is reading Augustus’s eulogy. She says “‘Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.'” (Green, 260) In this quote, Hazel found the beauty in the time they had together, not the time they didn’t have, and she will cherish those moments to the end of her life. In addition, the main character Anna in Hazel’s favourite book, An Imperial Affliction, does this.  When Augustus is telling Hazel about his old girlfriend, (who died to cancer), He references the book by saying, “‘You know that part in An Imperial Affliction when Anna’s walking across the football field to go to PE or whatever and she falls and goes face-first into the grass and that’s when she knows that the cancer is back and in her nervous system and she can’t get up and her face is like an inch from the football-field grass and she’s just stuck there looking at this grass up close, noticing the way the light hits it and… I don’t remember the line but it’s something like Anna having the Whitmanesque revelation that the definition of humanness is the opportunity to marvel at the majesty of creation or whatever.'” (Green, 174) This is a beautiful quote, and really proves that even in the darkest moment, you can find beauty in everything.  The theme of The Fault in our Stars by John Green is one can find a bright side to every situation, no matter how bad it may seem. Hazel and Augustus had a short time together, and through that time they spent the majority cracking jokes and enjoying each others company. There were many moments where Agustus and or Hazel were in a dark place mentally or physically, but a one way or the other they were always there for each other and able to lighten the mood and make each other feel better. Even until Augustus’s last moments, he was trying to make others laugh, and that is a quality that a lot of people lack in this day and age. So, dear reader: please be the person who no matter what looks on the bright side of things and turns even the most lugubrious moment into a moment that’s worth smiling about.

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