The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
Contributed by Margherita Wickersham
Chapter 15

The week starts with Hazel’s family having dinner with Gus’s. The two families sit together, eat and enjoy happy times. Gus does not realise that these moments will be some of his last healthy ones, as his physical condition begins to deteriorate soon after. After the fun moments, Gus’s health worsens and ends up spending time in the hospital. In addition, he has to use a wheelchair since his body is weak. Despite all this, Hazel is unable to see him. Fortunately, the hospital releases him after two weeks, and the two return to the Funny Bones sculpture where they take a bottle of champagne together (Green 64). This experience reminds them of the trip to Amsterdam, and the good times they had together.


The shortness of the chapters after Hazel’s trip seems to mimic the fast passing time of her life, as well as that of Gus’s. The family dinner marks an important occasion for both Gus and Hazel, and it shows the end of their good times and healthy moments. Hazel’s world shrinks after Gus’s hospitalization, and she spends most of her time with him. Generally, she dedicates her time to offer him company and support, an important aspect of their life together.

Getting out of the hospital does not make things easier for Gus and Hazel. Instead, the imminence of death stares at them. Even the time Hazel spends outside the life of Gus remains unknown to the reader, as it seems irrelevant and unimportant. On Gus’s side, he sees his time to have passed quickly, remarking that he initially saw himself as a kid but known as a skeleton. This shows his readiness for death, as it is unavoidable.

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