My Sister's Keeper Essay

758 Words Apr 24th, 2014 4 Pages
In My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult tells the story of a family who is faced with a tragedy and in turn creates an ethical dilemma without even realizing it. Brian and Sarah Fitzgerald don’t think they will have any more children after Jesse and Kate, but when Kate is diagnosed with leukemia ideas of having another child spark in the minds of the Fitzgeralds. Although one might think the Fitzgeralds would have another child to replace the one they may lose, their plan is to use the child to keep Kate alive. The Fitzgeralds have a doctor genetically select an embryo as a perfect match for Kate and a short nine months later Anna is born so she can be used as “spare parts” every time Kate’s organs fail. The most important issue presented in …show more content…
It’s hard to determine which option is more favorable because they both have pros and cons. In a situation like this it should really be left to be decided by the two people affected by the situation, in this case, Kate and Anna. In end of the book, we find out that Kate actually wanted to die and asked Anna to fight against her parents even though Anna had no problems with donating to her sister to help her live. I identified the most with Anna while reading the book because I can feel for the argument that she presents. She doesn’t want to miss out on things in life, such as playing hockey, that she wouldn’t normally have to if she wasn’t born for the sole purpose of keeping her sister alive. However, if I was in Anna’s situation I would have donated everything I could to my sister to keep her alive. The difference is that Anna had been donating since the day she was born, and I’ve never had to donate anything or give anything up because of it. Since we find out in the end that Anna wanted to donate and that Kate wanted her to fight against it so she could die, I found that I differed from Anna’s character in this aspect of the book. I wouldn’t have listened to my sister and I would have tried even harder to keep her alive. This book could have an impact on readers by raising awareness about cancer, especially leukemia. I knew that leukemia was cancer of the blood, but I didn’t know about the various problems

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