The Sun is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star

by

Nicola Yoon

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Natasha's hot pink headphones symbolize her desire to shut herself out from the rest of the world. Although the headphones were a gift from Samuel and therefore a demonstration of his love and affection, Natasha views them as a tool to isolate herself and ignore the novel's overwhelming assertion that all beings are somehow connected to each other. It's telling, then, that Natasha allows herself to connect with Daniel after her headphones break—their absence means that she can no longer ignore that she does indeed have ties to others.

Headphones Quotes in The Sun is Also a Star

The The Sun is Also a Star quotes below all refer to the symbol of Headphones. 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:
Immigration and the American Dream Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of The Sun is Also a Star published in 2016.
Chapter 4 Quotes

She glances up at me again but shows no sign that she recognizes me, even though I've been here every day for the last week. To her I'm just another anonymous face, another applicant, another someone who wants something from America.

Related Characters: Natasha Kingsley (speaker), Irene
Related Symbols: Headphones
Page Number: 17
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Headphones Symbol Timeline in The Sun is Also a Star

The timeline below shows where the symbol Headphones appears in The Sun is Also a Star. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
Immigration and the American Dream Theme Icon
Passion vs. Reason Theme Icon
Interconnectedness and Destiny Theme Icon
Natasha believes Patricia is right, but she grabs her headphones and her physics textbook anyway. Peter reminds her that since they're leaving, she'll never have... (full context)
Chapter 4
Interconnectedness and Destiny Theme Icon
Isolation vs. Connection Theme Icon
Natasha puts her personal items—phone, headphones, backpack—into a bin before she walks through the metal detector. She doesn't smile as the... (full context)
Chapter 9
Immigration and the American Dream Theme Icon
Interconnectedness and Destiny Theme Icon
Isolation vs. Connection Theme Icon
...about frivolous things. Mr. Barnes using "irie" is the last straw. She takes off her headphones and asks him about his vacation. He never left the resort because his wife didn't... (full context)
Chapter 19
Interconnectedness and Destiny Theme Icon
Isolation vs. Connection Theme Icon
...their way around a black girl (Natasha) swaying on the sidewalk. She has big pink headphones on and looks entirely lost in her music. (full context)
Chapter 20
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...and offers her his hand. She takes it, doesn't offer her name, and puts her headphones back on. She tells him to have a nice life and leaves the store. (full context)
Chapter 24
Passion vs. Reason Theme Icon
Interconnectedness and Destiny Theme Icon
...of Daniel, and he assures the reader that he's not following her. She has her headphones on and is lost in her music. Daniel is right behind her as she steps... (full context)
Passion vs. Reason Theme Icon
Interconnectedness and Destiny Theme Icon
Isolation vs. Connection Theme Icon
...if Daniel knows how long she's had "this," and he realizes she's cradling her broken headphones. She looks ready to cry, and Daniel offers to buy her another pair. He's desperate... (full context)
Chapter 26
Immigration and the American Dream Theme Icon
Passion vs. Reason Theme Icon
Isolation vs. Connection Theme Icon
Natasha thinks it's weird that Daniel looks ready to cry and thinks that new headphones could never replace her now broken ones. Samuel bought them for her not long after... (full context)
Chapter 27
Interconnectedness and Destiny Theme Icon
Isolation vs. Connection Theme Icon
...sad to notice how shallow and horny he is. When Natasha looks up from her headphones and meets his eyes, he feels a sense of déjà vu, but like he's experiencing... (full context)