My Sister's Keeper and Morality Essay examples

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My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

Where is the line with choices? How is a decision determined to be right or wrong? These are some of the questions that summarize the concept of the book My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Anna, the protagonist, files a law suit against her parents, Brian and Sara, because they forced her to make medical decisions that were not her own. Anna is sympathetic with her sister’s condition and has given all she can to ensure Kate’s recovery from leukemia. Yet the discovery of the purpose of her being conceived through vitro fertilization was for the intention to possible spare Kate’s life. Anna claims that her parents’ (Sara and Brian Fitzgerald) push for her to donate her kidney unwillingly is an
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It gives a perspective of how confusing it gets when one tries to note where family love, obligation and sacrifice should end. From the distinct perspectives Sara Fitzgerald and Anna Fitzgerald, it is observable that the concept of right and wrong is very subjective.

Consideration on Anna’s part reveals the events she has had to go through in the mission to save her sister’s life. The surgeries, shots and transfusions have been numerous. She has not questioned any of these acts until now. This is because she is now a teenager, a delicate age where this little girl beginnings to question her identity. The search for her own self is even revealed in her dreams as she comments, “lately, I have been having nightmares, where I’m cut into so many pieces that there isn’t enough of me to put back together” (Picoult 34). The point here is that she does not know where she is in her life neither does she identify with any future. It is when one is a teenager that s/he tries to identify with who they truly are. One analyzes his/her personality, preferences, dreams and aspirations. It is from this identity that one acknowledges their true self. However, this is not the case for Anna. She has already been defined by her family. Anna’s identity tags along the well being of her sister, Kate. At this point, Anna has to make a decision; either to identify with her true self as Anna, or as has always been the case, live in the shadow of her Kaye’s recovery plan, as the “perfectly

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