Essay about The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

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When trying to review a book several aspects of it are usually considered. Those aspects include: themes, characters, plot, and the like. When reading a book, it can be hard to pick out those aspects. It is then that the true meaning of the book may be missed. That is why sometimes people come away from a book with very different meanings from what they read. This is usually due to what lens a person may be looking through when they are reading and trying to digest this book. When reading, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” the injustice done to the Lacks family is largely due to the god-likeness of the doctors at the time coupled with the racist nature of people at the time. The book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” tells the story of the women, Henrietta Lacks and her family. It begins with Henrietta growing up in Lacks’ Town just outside of Clover. She is the African American descendant of a white plantation owner who had left some land to his family and hers when he died. While growing up, Henrietta went to school and worked in the fields until a few years after she married her cousin, David Lacks. Eventually, Henrietta would be the mother of five children and her and the family would move to Turner’s Station so David could work in the steel factory there. While there, Henrietta developed cervical cancer that at first seemed beatable, but would eventually kill her. Concurrently there was a race for scientists to culture cells in a lab which was finally…

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