Horror. The best word to describe all three of these stories. The one word to explain every single experience. Phineas experienced horror when he had his metal rod go through his head. Mawson experienced horror the whole time. Lacks and her family mainly experienced horror once they found out the truth. Out of all three stories, Mawson’s story best describes horror. Mawson faced the worst is because he watched people and pets die. Him and his team ate their dogs once they died. Mawson also had the rest of his team die. Another reason he faced the worst was because he came close to death multiple times. He was near death throughout most of his story because of the freezing temperatures. He also almost died when he fell in a hidden crevasse. A third reason he faced the worst because he had some disgusting experiences. The main experience was when the soles of …show more content…
One reason for this is because her worst experience was her death due to cancer. Most of her story is about her immortal cells and her family. Another bad experience was for her family. Henrietta’s cells did not stop reproducing which meant she had immortal cells. The doctors used the cells to discover cures for diseases and made a bunch of money. The issue was that her family never found out and never got any money from their mother's cells. Finally, her family found out about this 20 years later. Those doctors secretly profited for 20 years before Henrietta’s family found out. Some people would argue that Phineas Gage faced the worst. One reason they would say this is because he was conscious during and after his accident. Phineas felt his tamping iron go through his head and felt everything after it. Another reason they would say this is because had to wait a while before he got help. He also had some of the most disgusting experiences. His other disgusting experience was getting a fungal infection on his brain and having it extracted through his
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The book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a very touching book to me. This book has really made me think about how patients were treated back then in hospitals. It also has showed me how this book shows of how things were and have changed because of the Henrietta cells. The only thing is that Henrietta did not know that her cells were going into research labs. Since she did not know that they used her cells in research there was no way for her family to try to make money off it to help them finically.
Although this was tragic for Lack’s, it was more tragic for Mawson to have both of his partners die, and leave him alone wandering back to shelter-with barely any supplies-in unknown territory. Lastly, others believe that Phineas Gage had greater struggles. Although Phineas was living with a hole in his brain, when his accident happened he was still up, talking and really just continued on with his life (as found in Phineas Gage). Meanwhile, Mawson was living alone wondering if he would survive. Phineas had doctors and family; Mawson was physically and mentally injured and completely alone.
Medical Racial Inequality The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a non-fiction book by Rebecca Skloot, shows the issue of racial inequality, most specifically, in the medical side of things. This book is a powerful narration of Henrietta Lacks’ life, death and everything that came after. Henrietta Lacks is an African American woman whose cervical cancer cells were taken in 1951 by doctors at Johns Hopkins. They were used without her permission or knowledge, which would then turn into the first ever immortal cell line that would be known as HeLa.
Henrietta Lacks was a black tobacco farmer from the south who, in 1950, at the age of 30, she was diagnosed with aggressive cervical cancer. Lacks went to John’s Hopkins medical center for treatment for her cancer. In April of 1951, she underwent surgery to remove the larger tumor on her cervix. Henrietta Lacks, died three days following the surgery. Even though Henrietta Lacks died, her cells from the tumor have lived on and have made a major impact on the biomedical community.
During the 1960’s when Henrietta found out she had cancer there was still segregation in America and that meant African Americans were not treated with equality. Certain things that were done to them were not considered legally right, but were deemed medically appropriate. For example the Tuskegee syphilis study which occurred in the 1930’s; “They recruited hundreds of African-American men with syphilis, then watched them die slow, painful and preventable deaths, even after penicillin could cure them. ”(Skloot, 2010, p. 50). Also there was the Mississippi Appendectomies; “…unnecessary hysterectomies performed on poor black women to stop them from reproducing, to give young doctors a chance to practice the procedure.
Her doctor collected cancerous cells and healthy cells from her cervix and gave them to the cancer researcher, George Otto Gey, who was trying to keep cells alive for more than a couple days. Henrietta endured intense radium treatments, but she still died at the age of 31, leaving her husband and five children behind. An amazing discovery was made Henrietta’s cell were immortal. Racism is prevalent in this book through the limited availability of healthcare, unethical behaviors of the doctors, and how racism affected her family. During this time, there was an extensive lack of medical care for colored people.
The horror story is a uniquely interactive genre. Its main objective is to make the reader feel something, whether that be fear, anxiety, suspense, or any combination thereof. These feelings are evoked with the use of a monster, depending on the story it can be an external source, like a vampire or werewolf, or it could be something inside one of the characters, something in their psyche. In her story, “The Grave”, P.D.Cacek utilizes the literary elements of symbolism, imagery, and point of view.
Despite the wrongdoings Henrietta Lacks was put through her cells did a lot to help advance science. Her cells helped develop different types of vaccines, which such as her daughter faced. A lot of good and bad came out of Henrietta’s
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of Henrietta, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks, aided by journalist Rebecca Skloot. Deborah wanted to learn about her mother, and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever. It is a story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty and deep friendship between the unlikeliest people. There had been many books published about Henrietta’s cells, but nothing about Henrietta’s personality, experiences, feeling, life style etc.
Bushra Pirzada Professor Swann Engh-302 October 4th 2015 Rhetorical Analysis: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks written by Rebecca Skloot tells the story of a woman named Henrietta Lacks who has her cervical cancer. It further goes to tell the audience how Henrietta altered medicine unknowingly. Henrietta Lacks was initially diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1951; however, the doctors at John Hopkins took sample tissues from her cervix without her permission. The sample tissues taken from Henrietta’s cervix were used to conduct scientific research as well as to develop vaccines in the suture.
Even in the hospital, despite free treatment, the patients were used to do research on as a “form of payment”. In the event of making rumours about Henrietta and disregard her identity, it started with George Gey, the doctor who used Henrietta cells for his research. As he refused to publicize her real name and instead, publicize her name as “Helen Lane”, the public made nasty remarks about her mysterious identity and spread rumours like how she was the mistress of Gey and even insulting her as a prostitute. Skloot also mentioned that the far distance relatives of the Lackes, whom were all whites, refused to acknowledge the black
I first heard about Henrietta Lacks story after noticing and advertisement of Oprah Winfrey directing or possibly playing the role of Ms. Lacks. Reading the caption underneath the picture posted I decided to inquire more about the Henrietta Lacks. Ms. Lacks was an African American woman who found out in 1951 after a biopsy, Lacks was diagnosed with cervical cancer. The manifestation of the tumor was unlike anything that had ever been seen by the examining gynecologist Dr. Howard Jones. Henrietta Lacks was treated at the segregated John Hopkins Hospital with radium tube inserted and sewn into her body, a standard treatment at that time sewn in her body.
Have you ever read a story that causes chills or your emotionally invested in a character. The story’s Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and The mysteries of udolpho by Ann Radcliffe are literature that are centered in fear. These story’s cause suspense or has ghost or some type of monster. A gothic is a great example of fear in literature. The settings, characters, and story line has a way of making the reader invested by hooking to their emotions.
Jasmine Poole The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is about a women who has cervical cancer that went to the doctor to get better. But instead of just getting better, the doctors took a sample of the cancer cells. The doctor used her cells to help other people with the same cancer get better. In this case, Henrietta and her family didn’t know that her cells were being sold all around the world to reporters/doctors.
As Poe establishes fear through the narrator 's inner terror caused by the “eye of a vulture”, it inspired me to also create the perception of fear through the narrators paranormal experiences. This is identified as she describes the fright she endured as the monster possessed her body “His eyes locked with mine and his lethal stare into my soul pierced my heart as an evil smile that betrayed all innocence filled his face [...] paralyzed with fear, I could not command myself to function”. The distinctive stylistic features of vivid imagery and personification go hand in hand in this quote to communicate how the fiend’s death stare and wicked smile were so horrific that it incapacitated her ability to function and caused a paralytic fearsome spell on her body. The idea of fear is additionally reinforced in “With the constant thought of this monstrous figure, fear became a poison within me”. The metaphor implies that the fear caused by the dark figure permeating the individuals mind became a living toxin within her.