June 12 Discussion Question

John Green derives his book’s title from a famous line in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” (I,ii,139-140). What does the line mean—and why would Green have used it for his title? Even more important, why would he have altered it to read, “The fault in our stars” rather than ourselves? How does Green’s meaning differ from Shakespeare’s?

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One Response to June 12 Discussion Question

  1. Catherine Queener says:

    I am glad you gave us the entire sentence, Maureen. I think that idea of thinking of ourselves as underlings is a critical part of understanding the title.

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