The Fault in Our Stars

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is Hazel and Augustus’ mutual friend. A rare form of eye cancer blinds Isaac, and his situation leads him to cynicism and anger. After being blinded, his girlfriend, Monica, leaves him, which is a devastating event in Isaac’s life. His character shows the way in which typical coming of age experiences, like the end of a young relationship, is particularly difficult for the young characters living with cancer. Isaac’s name also carries a religious connotation, as the biblical character Isaac also goes blind.
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Isaac Character Timeline in The Fault in Our Stars

The timeline below shows where the character Isaac appears in The Fault in Our Stars. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...opens up for discussion. The only redeeming element of support group was a kid named Isaac. Isaac has lost an eye to cancer, and he has a glass eye in the... (full context)
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...puffy cheeks which are a side effect of her treatment. She takes a seat beside Isaac and admits to herself she thinks the boy is hot. The group starts, and Patrick... (full context)
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The young cancer survivors go around in a circle sharing about how they are doing. Isaac shares that he must go in for surgery and get his one remaining eye removed.... (full context)
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After the mantra, Augustus approaches Hazel and asks what her name is. Isaac arrives and tells them about his trip to the doctor earlier that day. He told... (full context)
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After Isaac leaves to go meet his girlfriend Monica in the parking lot, Augustus turns to Hazel... (full context)
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...parking lot outside, Hazel is surprised that her mother is not there yet. She sees Isaac aggressively kissing Monica against the wall and pawing at her breast. In between kissing, they... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...As they talk, she hears sobbing in the background. Augustus tells her that it is Isaac crying because Monica left him. He invites Hazel over to his place. At Augustus’ house,... (full context)
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After they are through with the game, Isaac says that Monica dumped him because she didn’t want to have to break up with... (full context)
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Suddenly, Isaac begins hitting the gaming chair and beating Augustus’ pillows. Augustus encourages him to lash out... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...Hazel’s email. On Wednesday during class, Hazel gets a text from Augustus telling her that Isaac is officially NEC, which means no evidence of cancer. Unfortunately, however, he is completely blind. (full context)
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Hazel goes to visit Isaac at the hospital. When she walks in she says hello, but Isaac mistakes her for... (full context)
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Hazel goes down stairs to the gift shop and buys some flowers for Isaac. When she gets back upstairs, Isaac's mother has arrived and is holding his hand. She... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...passed away. Another member had successfully completed radiation, and a third had “relapsed”. Just then, Isaac enters, being led by his mother. Hazel says hi, and tells him about Amsterdam. Isaac... (full context)
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...any day. After the group, Lida apologizes, and Hazel tells her it is really fine. Isaac invites Hazel over to his house as she walks him by the arm to the... (full context)
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They play a video game in which the characters are controlled by voice command. Isaac says that Augustus is tough to play with because he is completely suicidal when it... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Isaac then arrives. His mother walks him in by the arm and sits him at the... (full context)
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When the parents go downstairs, Isaac and Hazel sit upstairs with Augustus. Augustus asks how Monica is doing, and Isaac replies... (full context)
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...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 they walk,... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...Augustus, thin and sitting at the center of the circle of chairs in his wheelchair. Isaac is there, standing at the lectern. Augustus tells Hazel that he wanted to attend his... (full context)
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Isaac begins his eulogy by saying that Augustus is a “self-aggrandizing bastard.” He notes how Augustus... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...knows that they are terrified that they will experience her death soon too. She calls Isaac who curses God, and when she hangs up with him, she realizes there is no... (full context)
Chapter 22
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The minister then calls up Isaac to deliver his eulogy. In the eulogy, Isaac talks about a visit he received from... (full context)
Chapter 23
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A couple of days later, Hazel goes to Isaac’s house. They play the voice commanded video game, navigating their characters through a pitch-dark labyrinth.... (full context)
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Eventually, Isaac tells Hazel that Augustus really loved her and never stopped talking about her. He then... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...the Literal Heart of Jesus, so she goes to support group early. She picks up Isaac and they listen to a band The Hectic Glow on the way to the group.... (full context)