Poets & YA Novels Part 7

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green



"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."

Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)


William Shakespeare uses iambic pentameter and other poetic conventions in his plays. Some scholars interpret this quote from Julius Caesar to mean that fate does not control people but humans have free will. In John Green's latest novel, Hazel and Gus meet in a group for people who have cancer. Hazel is reluctant to have a relationship with Gus as she knows her prognosis is not good. She must decide if she is going to allow her cancer/fate to dictate the rest of her life.

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

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