My Sister’s Keeper: The Inevitability of Death
Jodi Picoult, the author of the novel My Sister’s Keeper, expresses through the Fitzgerald family the fact that death is inevitable. Anna Fitzgerald was conceived to be a compatible donor for her older sister, who has leukemia, named Kate. The entire book is Anna going to court to sue her parents for the rights to her own body after they requested that she donate her kidney. While testifying, Anna reveals that Kate was tired of fighting and told Anna not to donate her kidney as she would rather die than to continue not only her own, but her family’s suffering ‘ “But everyone’s worked so hard just to keep you alive. You can’t kill yourself.’ All of a sudden Kate started to cry. “I know I can’t” It took me a few moments to realize this meant she’d already tried before.” (Picoult 388-389).
Kate came to terms with her death, but every single member of her family was willing to sacrifice everything just to keep her alive, even Anna. In the end, Anna passes away in a car crash; unknowingly donating her kidney to Kate. The entire book is told in first person switching through a few of the characters in each chapter, but Kate’s perspective isn’t shown until the epilogue where Anna has died and Kate has received the kidney transplant. I believe the reason Kate’s perspective isn’t introduced until Anna dies is the entire book we think that Kate is going to die, so we don’t see the opinion of the dying person; when we see Kate’s perspective Anna has died and Kate is no longer dying. Although Anna hated being in the hospital she never doubted going once because she loved her sister, but what if the best thing for them both was for one of them to die.
As shown in the book, being in the wrong place at the wrong time can kill you. People believe we die for various reasons, but all of these reasons have something in common: you can’t control when death is going to affect your life. Kate considered killing herself multiple times and had a rare form of leukemia that everyone thought was going to kill her eventually whereas Anna was perfectly healthy and had a long life ahead of her, but in the end, Anna was the sister who ended up dying and Kate, with all odds stacked against her, lived a perfectly healthy life.
In the melancholic short story ‘ I Stand Here Ironing’ by Tillie Olsen, Olsen uses the narrator’s sense of guilt on her daughter’s situation to progress the ideology that economic […]
Feminism is the fight for women’s rights and equality in the battle of sexes. In both the short stories “New York Day Woman” by Edwidge Danticat and “I Stand Here […]
Huckleberry Finn changes the way he makes decisions and also in the way he approaches problems that he faces as the novel progresses. Huck’s decision making matures throughout the story […]
Revealing conscience that hooks readers throughout the story, Huckleberry Finn regretfully remarks, “Human beings can be awful cruel to one another, ” as he witnesses the tar and feathering of […]
The Adventures of the Huckleberry Finn, narrated the fascinating story of Huck, an uncivilized and naïve boy who learns to grow and mature throughout his long and eventful journey on […]
The characters Holden Caulfield and Forrest Gump are the leads in two very popular and entertaining stories where they share their experiences, thoughts and feelings from their own perspectives. Forrest […]
Holden Caulfield was a seemingly unsolvable anomaly. His life was complicated by the death of his younger brother, and the negative reaction that it invoked from his parents. He was […]
In this essay i’m going to be writing about a poem called The Road Not Taken, By Robert Frost and 4 major points about this poem. The first point i’m […]
Frost was born on March 26th, 1874 in San Francisco and died on January 29th, 1963 in Massachusetts. Robert Frost thought that everyone should be Taught how to think metaphorically. […]
Jodi Picoult, the author of the novel My Sister’s Keeper, expresses through the Fitzgerald family the fact that death is inevitable. Anna Fitzgerald was conceived to be a compatible donor […]