Essay about My Sister 's Keeper By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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My Sister’s Keeper is the story of the Fitzgerald family. Sara and Brian Fitzgerald had two children, Jesse and Kate. When Kate was only 2 years old, they learned that she had leukemia. They immediately started chemotherapy treatments for Kate; however, her doctor, Dr. Chance, suggested that she would eventually need bone marrow transplants from a donor that was related to her. Kate’s brother Jesse, who was only 4 years old at the time, was tested, but he was not a match and he could not help Kate. He felt guilty about this for the rest of his life. Needing a related donor, Sara and Brian decided to have another child. They scientifically conceived another daughter, Anna, to be a perfect match for Kate.

I believe the most important ethical problem presented in My Sister’s Keeper is autonomy, or the lack thereof. Anna portrays the lack of autonomy the best in this story as she does not have control or the option to make her own medical decisions. While she loves her sister Kate very much and she would like to help her, that is her only role in life. She was conceived and lives just to keep Kate alive and her mother, Sara, forces her to undergo many painful procedures to do this. While Sara was pregnant with Anna she thought to herself: “I have thought of this daughter only in terms of what she will be able to do for the daughter I already have” (Picoult, 100). As Anna grew up she often had to have her blood drawn and her bone marrow taken, and she had no say in it.…

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