The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks Essay

772 Words Sep 21st, 2015 4 Pages
Does the name Henrietta Lacks ring a bell? To most people not a single individual comes to mind and the fact that she helped change science and medicine forever remains unknown. Rebecca Skloot wanted to spread public awareness of this woman; the woman who’s cells were stolen from her without permission and grown immortally still to this day. A typical young adult that recently graduated college uses their money for paying off classes and selfishly for themselves, but this was not the case for Skloot. She used her student loans and credit cards, piling herself into debt, to research a poor African American family about their mother in order to reveal their story to the world. Within The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Skloot exemplifies ethos most effectively by her personal involvement and knowledge; however, pathos and logos are presented as well through details and factual information. Skloot is undeniably interested in Henrietta Lacks, and she desires to showcase the troubling story behind Henrietta and her family as science unknowingly plummeted into their life.
Skloot powerfully makes use of the ethos appeal throughout the novel by displaying her compassion and interest on Henrietta’s personal life during the time she spent interviewing and researching. Skloot portrays her empathy for the Lacks family by stating, “I’ve spent years staring at that photo, wondering what kind of life [Henrietta] led, what happened to her children, and what she’d think about cells from…

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