Olivia Lockett- Baker
Honors English 11 Period 10
November 4, 2012
My Sisters Keeper
My book was split in sections by individual characters. The four characters I chose were Anna Fitzgerald which is the thirteen year old daughter born to be of assistance to her terminally ill sister. Sara Fitzgerald the mother of three children who is overwhelmed by her daughters diagnosis. Brian Fitzgerald the father of this family who is a fire fighter that is constantly at the station but shows enormous love affection and care for his family, but has a hard time dealing with stress. Last but not least Campbell Alexander the determined lawyer who only wants to win the case he’s presented. This book will take you on emotional rollercoaster and will bring out all possible emotions one may have. Sit back and read along as I take you on this journey of My Sisters Keeper.
Section 1 Anna Fitzgerald; Summary/ Reflection
Anna stands out as the book’s most conflicted character. Her connection with Kate, and her struggle to exist independently of that connection, both define her. She tells Campbell, for instance, that of all the things she might want to be in ten years, what she most wants to be is Kate’s sister. At the same time, Anna desperately wants to exist independently of Kate, but she knows she cannot do so as long as her main purpose in life consists of keeping Kate alive. These contradictory feelings make up the tragic core of Anna’s character. She feels a tremendous sense of guilt for wanting to live separate from Kate and wonders if she is an awful person for feeling that way. As if trying to roleplay the part of an awful person, she even begins to indulge in self-destructive behaviors, such as smoking, with Jesse. But Anna also wants to do what’s best for her sister. Kate, we learn, ultimately decides that she no longer wants to live, so Anna, although it hurts her deeply, brings a lawsuit against her parents for medical emancipation. The lawsuit satisfies both desires: it gives Anna control of her own body, allowing her to put her own interests before Kate’s; and since Kate will die without Anna’s kidney, Anna can fulfill Kate’s wish to die. My reflection to this section is honestly all over the place. I feel very saddened and anger for Anna. I feel for her. She seems to often feel like her only purpose in life is to be a human helper to her ill sister. I honestly couldn’t imagine wanting my sister to do this for me, I also couldn’t imagine doing this for my sister. Its just not fair. I felt the build up of animosity and anger that was almost overtaking Anna. I agree totally with Anna wanting to sue her parents for her own body I also find this utterly ridiculous that she’s even forced to make a decision this drastic at such a young age.
Section 2 Sara Fitzgerald; Summary/Reflection
Sara acts first and foremost as a mother throughout the novel, and her need to keep her daughter, Kate, alive motivates her more than any other impulse. Whatever other problem she encounters, be it Jesse’s delinquency or Anna’s need for independence, the matter holds less importance for her than Kate’s survival. Paradoxically, by focusing so much on being a mother to Kate, Sara does not always fill the role of mother for her other children. For instance, Sara tends to disregard Jesse’s self-destructive behavior, which Jesse uses to call out for attention, and she doesn’t stop to think that Anna might be genuinely unhappy when Anna files the lawsuit for medical emancipation. Although Sara unconditionally loves Jesse and Anna, she has difficulty considering them as people separate from Kate. Similarly, though Sara is a wife to Brian and a sister to Zanne, her relationships with these people also revolve around Kate. Sara struggles to talk to Brian about anything other than Kate, for instance, and the few times she sees her sister occur when Zanne comes to take care of Jesse and Anna because Sara is going with Kate to the...
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