My Sisters Keeper Response
Text type: Novel Title: My Sisters Keeper Author: Jodi Picoult In this My Sisters Keeper, Picoult brings up issues of moral ethics and family dynamics. She explores moral boundaries when it comes to saving a child’s life, but at the same time putting another child’s life in jeopardy. Throughout the novel I was amazed at the strength of Anna and Kate’s relationship. Anna struggled with her own identity but never complained when she had to give countless counts of blood and bone marrow to help her sister: “They don’t really pay attention to me, except when they need my blood or something.
I wouldn’t even be alive, if it wasn’t for Kate being sick. ” While I felt sympathetic towards Anna, I was inspired by her unconditional selflessness. This was shown when she went to Campbell and against her family to stop Kate’s treatment. Kate herself required inner strength as her sickness got worse: “I don’t mind my disease killing me, but it’s killing my family too”. It is extremely hard to imagine myself in her position when she has Kate’ life in her hands. I doubt I could find the strength to make such life altering decisions on my sister’s behalf.
Anna shows how utterly giving humans can and should be. They have the sort of relationship I know a lot of people wish they had with their sisters where you openly love and care for each other no matter what the circumstances. While the theme of this book is serious and somewhat negative, I found a positive message between the lines. To me it is about not letting life pass you by and seizing every single day. This is the case when Kate is sick and Sara is so preoccupied with her medical business that she forgets to just enjoy the time with her family while she still can.
The family spends so much time concentrating on Kate’s death and what will happen when she does pass that they miss the time she has left living. Sara does not realise that she also forgets to spend time with her other children when she is too busy with Kate. “See, unlike the rest of the free world, I didn’t get here by accident. And if your parents have you for a reason then that reason better exist. Because once it’s gone, so are you. ” I couldn’t imagine being born in hat way, in order to save someone else, and what it must feel like to have that responsibility. I sympathised with Anna because she felt that se didn’t really have a reason to live outside of Kate. I also felt for Jesse as he really didn’t have a role in the family and acted out to get attention: “I was just trying to get to a place where I’d be noticed”. I learned from this novel not to neglect my family of friends when there is a crisis going on because no problem is big enough to overshadow another.