"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings."
I never truly thought about the title and this quote until today.
In this scene from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” Cassius is trying to convince Brutus that they need to stand up to Caesar. He points out that they are each men just like Caesar, that they are equal, that they can take him down. He says that it is their own fault because they allow themselves to be trampled on.
The quote says that the world, the universe, or fate is what we blame for all of our problems. We are the ones at fault here, says Cassius, because we let the terrible things happen to us.
But the title of the book isn’t “The Fault in Ourselves.” It is called “The Fault in Our Stars.”
What I think John Green is trying to say with this is that Augustus and Hazel weren’t at fault. They weren’t about to let their misfortune hurt them. They didn’t let their illnesses become them. The fault was NOT in themselves, but in their stars.
I respect John Michael Green (@fishingboatproceeds) more than almost everyone I have ever known and this only increases that respect.