The Fault in Our Stars

Pdf fan Tap here to download this LitChart! (PDF)

Augustus’s parents Character Analysis

Augustus’ parents are kind and hopeful people. They find hope in the platitudinous sayings they have embroidered and hung all over their house and have trust in God. Hazel watches them cope with Augustus’ death, which gives her hope that her family will survive her own passing. The family comes together after Augustus’ dies, and although Hazel feels as if she is not fully a part of the family after Augustus passes, his father tells Hazel that he is glad she was part of Augustus’ life, which means a lot to her.

Augustus’s parents Quotes in The Fault in Our Stars

The The Fault in Our Stars quotes below are all either spoken by Augustus’s parents or refer to Augustus’s parents. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Coming of Age Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Books edition of The Fault in Our Stars published in 2014.
Chapter 2 Quotes

“That’s exactly what we found with families at Memorial when we were in the thick of it with Gus’s treatment…Everybody was so kind. Strong, too. In the darkest days, the Lord puts the best people into your life.”

Related Characters: Augustus’s parents (speaker), Augustus Waters
Page Number: 28
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel has dinner at Augustus's house after support group one day. His parents ask them how it went, and though both teenagers despise the group, they agree that the people there are "nice." In this quote, Augustus's father notes that people were very kind at Memorial, where Augustus was treated for his cancer. He also expresses his dependence on religion to see him and his family through their son's illness. 

Like many people suffering hardships (such as having an ill family member), Augustus's parents turn to religion to cope with their son's cancer diagnosis. Augustus, though not religious himself, goes along with his parents' aphorisms and wishes to make them happy. This is similar to Hazel's wish to constantly please her parents, even when asked to do something she does not want to do. However, Augustus's preoccupation with oblivion and other nihilistic concepts show that he is not religious like his parents, and exhibits his wish to grow into his own person. Both Hazel and Augustus are at odds with their own beliefs, their parents' wishes, and the cancer that governs their day-to-day lives. 

A+

Unlock explanations and citation info for this and every other The Fault in Our Stars quote.

Plus so much more...

Get LitCharts A+
Already a LitCharts A+ member? Sign in!
Get the entire The Fault in Our Stars LitChart as a printable PDF.
The fault in our stars.pdf.medium

Augustus’s parents Character Timeline in The Fault in Our Stars

The timeline below shows where the character Augustus’s parents appears in The Fault in Our Stars. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
On the way to Augustus’ house, he drives horrifically because of his prosthetic leg. Hazel explains that she should have... (full context)
Life and Death Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Before arriving at Augustus’ house, Hazel tells Augustus they make hand controls for people who don't have legs to... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Hazel goes on to tell Augustus about her diagnosis and treatment. She was diagnosed at thirteen, just after she had her... (full context)
Family Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
They arrive at Augustus’ house. Upon entering, Hazel notices that the house is laden with encouraging sayings embroidered into... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
Augustus’ mom and dad are in the kitchen making enchiladas. Augustus introduces Hazel as Hazel Grace,... (full context)
Life and Death Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
Augustus’ parents ask Hazel if she will be staying for dinner. Hazel agrees, but tells them... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
Before dinner Augustus shows Hazel the basement. A shelf runs the whole circumference of the basement, packed with... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
As Hazel listens to Augustus talk, she explains that she is really into him. She asks whether he has siblings,... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Augustus says he is going to read An Imperial Affliction. He grabs a book from his... (full context)
Family Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
...doesn't really like because it is a “boy movie”, but agrees is great to make Augustus happy. Augustus’ mother takes a seat beside her before she leaves and grabs a pillow... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Hazel drives Augustus car home. As they drive, she wonders what his prosthetic leg looks like. She doesn't... (full context)
Chapter 13
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
The following day, Hazel, Mrs. Lancaster, and Augustus go to a café where Hazel and Augustus reenact their incident with Van Houten. Hazel... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
...Hazel she loves her three times and walks away. Hazel senses something is not right. Augustus motions toward the shadow of tree branches on the sidewalk, saying that it is a... (full context)
Life and Death Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
...able to think about social needs, relationships, security, philosophy, or art. But her relationship with Augustus seems to suggest otherwise. She thought Augustus could love her because he’d been sick, but... (full context)
Life and Death Theme Icon
When Augustus and Hazel get back to the hotel room, Augustus takes a seat in a chair... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
Hazel moves over and places her head on Augustus’ lap. He apologizes for not telling her. She is unable to be mad at him,... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Hazel and August lay in bed for a while. He tells her that he stopped the chemo to... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
While laying in bed, Hazel asks Augustus if he is in pain. He says no, but says that he likes being alive,... (full context)
Chapter 14
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
On the flight home, Augustus says he’d always thought it would be fun to live on a cloud, until his... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
...sees him, and he starts crying. When they get home, Hazel tells her father about Augustus’ cancer returning, but he already knows. He tells her that he read an Imperial Affliction... (full context)
Family Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
The next afternoon, Hazel goes to Augustus’ house and tells them about Amsterdam while Augustus naps. Augustus’ parents tell Hazel he is... (full context)
Life and Death Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
...walks him in by the arm and sits him at the table. He asks where Augustus is. His parents say Augustus is sleeping, but from the other room they hear him... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
When the parents go downstairs, Isaac and Hazel sit upstairs with Augustus. Augustus asks how Monica is doing, and Isaac replies that he hasn't heard from her... (full context)
Being Different Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
...to the grocery store and buy a dozen eggs. Afterward, they drive to Monica’s house. Augustus helps Isaac out of the car and leads him, toward Monica’s green Pontiac Firebird. As... (full context)
Chapter 15
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
A few days after egging Monica’s car, Hazel and her parents go to dinner at Augustus’ house. Augustus and Hazel reminisce about the magical dining experience they had in Amsterdam. As... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
A week after the dinner, Augustus ends up in the emergency room with chest pains. Hazel notes that the hospital is... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Two seeks later, Hazel takes Augustus back to the park where they’d had their Dutch themed picnic. They bring a bottle... (full context)
Chapter 16
Life and Death Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Hazel explains a typical day with Augustus in the late stages of his cancer. She goes over to his house after he... (full context)
Life and Death Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
Augustus tells Hazel he wants to write her a sequel to An Imperial Affliction, but he... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
After lunch, Hazel and Augustus go into the back yard. Augustus says he wishes he had Hazel’s childhood swing set... (full context)
Life and Death Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
When they go inside, Augustus takes his medication and zones out. His parents watch videos of him as a boy... (full context)
Life and Death Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
When Hazel and Augustus wake up, they play video games together. Hazel notes that she sucks at video games,... (full context)
Chapter 17
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
One morning, a month after their trip to Amsterdam, Hazel visits Augustus. Augustus’ parents tell her he is sleeping, so she makes her way into the basement... (full context)
Life and Death Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
When Augustus is awake and cleaned up, Hazel goes back into the basement and the play videogames.... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
Augustus tells Hazel that he used to think his name would be in all of the... (full context)
Chapter 19
Life and Death Theme Icon
When Augustus comes home from the hospital a few days later he is in worse shape than... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
...day Hazel visits. She does not ring the doorbell, but walks right in to find Augustus’ family. Augustus’ sisters are there with their husbands and children. The kids want to know... (full context)
Life and Death Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
When she enters the living room, she finds the family sitting with Augustus. His sisters hug Hazel. One of his sisters is sitting beside Augustus talking to him... (full context)
Life and Death Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
After a while, Augustus wakes up and asks if they can go outside. His family kneels around him, barraging... (full context)
Chapter 21
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
Eight days after the pre-funeral Augustus dies. His mom calls Hazel at 3:30 am to tell her Augustus is gone. Her... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
...called a ten a nine. She says that she was saving the ten, and that Augustus’ death was it. She describes the pain as a waves tossing her against the rocks... (full context)
Life and Death Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
Later, she calls Augustus’ phone and lets it ring until it goes to voicemail. After the message begins recording,... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
Augustus’ parents call Hazel to tell her the funeral will be in five days. She doesn't... (full context)
Chapter 22
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
When Hazel arrives at the Literal Heart of Jesus Church for Augustus’ funeral, she sits in back of the visitation room. She notices that there are about... (full context)
Life and Death Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
When Augustus’ parents notice Hazel, they shuffle over and both give her a big hug. She notices... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
...her lungs quit complaining, that they are strong and can do this. When she sees Augustus, she notices that his hair is parted and his face plasticized, which he would have... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
Hazel kneels beside his coffin and places her hand on Augustus’ chest. She says, “I love you present tense,” and that it is okay that he... (full context)
Life and Death Theme Icon
Being Different Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
When the funeral starts, the minister walks to the coffin and talks about how courageous Augustus was during his fight with cancer, and how his valiant battle had inspired everyone in... (full context)
Being Different Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
...to deliver his eulogy. In the eulogy, Isaac talks about a visit he received from Augustus in the hospital just after having his eye removed. When Augustus arrived, he said, “I... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
After another one of Augustus’ friend talks about how Augustus was a great basketball player and teammate, the minister calls... (full context)
Life and Death Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
When the speakers finish, the congregation says a prayer for Augustus. While they pray, Hazel remembers their conversations in Amsterdam when Augustus had told her that... (full context)
Life and Death Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
They leave the church and head toward the cemetery to bury Augustus. Hazel tries to talk her way out of going; she doesn't want to see Augustus... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
Van Houten tells Hazel that he and Augustus corresponded after their trip. He says that Augustus demanded he come came to the funeral... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
Religion and Philosophy Theme Icon
...good in the world and was beginning to suspect that the love she felt for Augustus could never last. (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Life and Death Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
...and comes into the bathroom. He hugs Hazel and tells her that he is sorry Augustus died. He says that it was a privileged to love him. Hazel agrees with him.... (full context)