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.
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.
...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)
...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)
...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)
...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)