Stylistic devices

John Green's novel The Fault in Our Stars is multi-layered and characterized by an impressive linguistic richness. The author plays masterfully with language and its nuances. He  plays with sentences and sounds using figures of speech. The most important stylistic figures are listed and described below.


Repetition of letters or syllables at the beginning of adjacent words

 "The miraculousness of the miracle" (Chapter 5, 25%).


Repetition of a word or group of words at the beginning of a sentence or verse 

 "'I like this world. I like drinking champagne. I like not smoking. I like the sound of Dutch people speaking Dutch. And now . . . I don’t even get a battle. I don’t get a fight.'" (Chapter 13, 83%)


Merging of opposite terms

"Congratulations! You’re a woman. Now die. It was, we were told, incurable" (Chapter 2, 13%).


Enumeration of at least three words or phrases that are connected without a link word.

"...forcing yourself to accept as unsolvable the clawing scraping inside-out ache of underoxygenation." (Chapter 3, 80%)


Cross-positioning of words or phrases

"You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are." (Chapter 8, 71%)


Omission of words that are not crucial to understanding the statement

 "perhaps afterward" (Chapter 8, 86%)


Softening something unpleasant. "And I had my whole funeral planned out and everything, and then right before the surgery, I asked my parents if I could buy a suit, like a really nice suit, just in case I bit it." (Chapter 11, 55%)


Strong exaggeration

"Always is their thing. They’ll always love each other and whatever. I would conservatively estimate they have texted each other the word always four million times in the last year." ( Chapter 1...

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