The Fault in Our Stars, The Metatext

The extraction of the metatextual references made in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Every other week is an exploration of a chapter. Submissions are welcome!

Tulipomania


"AIA is about this girl names Anna (who narrates the story) and her one-eyed mom, who is a professional gardener obsessed with tulips…" (Green 48)

Tulips are mentioned in a couple other sections of the book, and in this particular circumstance of Anna’s mother (and by extension in Hazel’s mind, her own mother) being obsessed with tulips. The vlogbrothers video above discusses how the most beautiful and prized tulip above all others was also carried the disease which made it beautiful. This parallels the idea in TFIOS of beauty in disease that began with Thoreau’s quote on consumption and the hectic glow. Anna’s mother being obsessed with tulips appears to be not just a horticultural disposition, but a mother’s own obsession with her beautiful and sick child.

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