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My Sister's Keeper Analysis

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Emily Gallup

on 16 October 2012

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The Effects of The Human Genome Project on Gene Manipulation My Sister's Keeper Analysis The Human Genome Project Completed in April 2003.
Found that we have approximately 3 billion base pairs ("Overview of the Human Genome Project"). Pros of Gene Manipulation: Scientists hope to be able to modify genes in vitro to prevent genetic diseases.
Treatments for genetic diseases are becoming more wide-spread.
Enhancement of positive traits, such as longevity and intelligence may be scientifically possible. What does this mean? It means, we have approximately 20,500 genes. The information from the HGP has led to a new form of infertility treatment, where one woman's mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) is injected into the egg of an infertile woman (Taylor). Cons of Gene Manipulation: Full effects are unknown.
Many regard this as "unnatural." After Kate was diagnosed with PML, her parents decided to have a designer baby whose purpose was to save Kate's life. "As we got older, I didn't seem to exist, except in relation to her... In the end, though, I did not kill my sister. She did it all on her own.
Or at least this is what I tell myself" (1).
--Anna Fitzgerald This quote shows Anna's resentment toward her sister. Anna is well aware that the only reason she exists, is to save Kate. With this information, it only makes sense why Anna would want to be legally medically emancipated from her parents-- If the reason for her existence is gone, maybe they'll notice her more. "I have thought of this daughter only in terms of what she will be able to do for the daughter I already have" (100).
~Sarah Sarah has shown from the beginning of the novel that she cares mostly about what will happen to Kate. If Kate had never gotten sick, then she and Brian would never have had Anna. While Brian shows more love for Anna, Sarah sees her as a pharmacy. "It would be so cool to have one of these built inside of you, like a squid; you coul point your finger and leave your mark on anything you wanted" (252).
~Anna This quote about a pen symbolizes Anna's desire to leave an imprint of herself on this world. In her parents' eyes, particaularly her mom's, Anna is only thought about when Kate needs something from Anna. "It's not suicide... if you're already dying" (377).
~Kate Kate is showing that, despite knowing that it will hurt, she is ready and willing to die. She is okay with letting Anna keep her kidney, with finally giving up. This quote shows Kate's strength in the light of her situation, and that she is much stronger than shown throughout the rest of the novel. My Thoughts... I really enjoyed this novel. Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors, and having the opportunity to read her works in class was awesome. I don't normally enjoy books we do in class, but this year has been just the opposite. Kate:
is the catalyst behind Anna's hurt. If Kate had stayed in remission, then Anna could have lived a normal life. Sara:
As the mother, Sara fulfills her duty of
taking care of Kate. On the other hand, she neglects Jesse and Anna for much of their childhoods, which leads to resentment from both of them. Jesse:
When I think of Jesse, I think of the typical bad-boy. He smokes, drinks, and is an arsonist. Beyond that, though, Jesse cares for his sisters. Jesse was forced to grow up too quickly once Kate got sick, and as a result, he holds a lot of resentment. He takes his anger out on people and things, thus sparking his pyromaniac side. Anna:
Loves hockey and her family. So when Kate needs a kidney, and Anna (as she was born for) is requested to provide, she is torn. Anna loves her sister, but she loves hockey, too. If she gives up a kidney, Anna will no longer be able to play contact sports. Eventually, Anna chooses to pursue the lawsuit that will both tear her family apart, and give her sister a death sentence.
Taylor, Rebecca. "World’s First Genetically-Modified Babies Born, Or Were They?." LifeNews. LifeNews, 02 2012. Web. Web. 15 Oct. 2012. <http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/02/worlds-first-genetically-modified-babies-born-or-were-they/>.
United States. Human Genome Project. Overview of the Human Genome Project. Bethesda, MD: , 2011. Web. <http://www.genome.gov/12011238>.
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