Wednesday, October 22 Reading Response 2 “Living Will” by Danielle Ofri is about an author who is a doctor who came across a patient that is suicidal. “They All Just Went Away” by Joyce Carol Oates is about a young lonely girl who finds herself attracted in entering abandoned house and is entranced by other peoples lives and what they left by. Although these stories are very different, I believe both the authors share a similar idea, but different outlooks, of how the main characters in each essay struggle to do the right thing. “Living Will” gives us a better perspective of what doctors today have to face with their jobs. The author, Danielle Ofri, came across a severely ill patient, Wilburn Reston, which really makes her think. The patient happens to be suicidal due to all the critical incidents that have occurred in his life; for instance, the death of his mother and sister, his estranged wife, and his poor health. Mr. Reston was undoubtedly depressed, and in my opinion, his thoughts were rational. Danielle Ofri mentions “Mr. Reston seemed to have a reasonably realistic grasp on his situation, I wasn’t sure I had a grasp on mine.” Owing to the fact that his thoughts were realistic, Ofri was struggling on agreeing with her patient’s thoughts. She states, “Doctors aren’t supposed to agree with patients who say they want to kill …show more content…
“Our Vanishing Night” is by Verlyin Klinkenborg, he writes about how the widespread use of artificial lights in today’s world creates light pollution that confuses all living creatures’ biological clocks. Even though these stories are quite different, I believe both authors share the same idea of altruism, but from different perspectives. I will explain how both authors talk about a helping cause that is easily and often
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Both of these books show great determination and strength. While Poppy’s illness was not as severe as Emery’s and did not cause her nearly as much pain or suffering, she went through her own kind. Both these books deal with young women who are unfortunately diagnosed with an incurable disease or illness. Both Poppy and Emery want to make the most out of the little time they have left and achieve their goals. While the authors make Emery’s and Poppy’s point of views on the world polar opposites they both go through pain and suffering everyday to persevere and try as hard as they can to live a normal teenage life.
“He’s dead, you can’t save him, there is nothing you can do about it” this sentence haunts medical professionals as doctors are trained to save lives. Perhaps what’s even more haunting is a doctor ending a patient’s life. Samuel Shem’s the House of God sheds light on the issue through its intern, Roy who goes through a rough time after killing a patient. Roy falsely thought he killed the patient to release his suffering, however, that’s not the case as he killed him to make peace with his own death.
At times, doctors have to choose between the preservation and honor of a patient's dignity or to break ethical guidelines to help the human races’ health. A doctor who puts his patients’ well-being as his priority, usually respects the patient’s wishes. However, many factors influence a person’s decision to conduct an unethical experiment. In the contemporary biography, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot shows that scientists constantly discover and develop new concepts and procedures that help heal numerous people, despite the unethical experiments that they conduct on living organisms.
Thomas C. Foster uses the twenty-fourth chapter of How to Read Literature Like a Professor as a place to investigate how authors employ illnesses to give meaning to their stories. But not all illnesses are physical, and Courtney Cole’s novel, Nocte, displays how the human body reacts to extreme trauma in ways of self-preservation. After surviving a car crash in which her mother and brother died in, Calla Price’s body shut itself down into a coma and rejected all notions that pointed to reality. Instead, her brain blocked out anything that could make reality seem real, and she woke up from her coma believing that her brother and mother were still alive. Her illness may not have been as literal as heart disease or cancer but her inability to
In each of the three essays, “The Pain Scale” by Eula Biss, “Gray Area: Thinking with a Damaged Brain” by Floyd Skloot and “Notes from a Difficult Case” by Ruthann Robson, each of the main characters in the stories deals with a severe medical condition and their experiences that coincide with their disease. Each of these essays all have certain characteristics that are similar, but are still very different in their own way. In “The Pain Scale”, Biss discusses the idea of pain along with the concept of zero. She talks about her experiences of going to the doctor’s office and being asked her level of pain.
For the 14th Annual Writer’s Symposium, Pauline W. Chen was invited to the Point Loma Nazarene University to talk about her book and writing with the host Dean Nelson on April 6th, 2009. The interview was about 29 minutes long and during that time, Chen talked more about her book and her writing, giving the readers a closer look at the author and the book “Final Exam” itself. Through this interview, she shared new information with the audience about her thoughts on the book and practice of medicine. This interview was a good way to fully understand the “Final Exam” and a way for the reader’s to have their questions answered. The audience of this interview might have changed their thoughts or opinion about Chen because I certainly did after listening to this interview.
The sub-heading more closely resembles a cold and clinical official report than a story of a woman’s life and death. Emotions naturally pull more attention than facts, so Meredith Kercher’s case ends up receiving more spotlight and more significance in this
This happened only five years before the antibiotic that could have treated him and prevented his death came to be. In illustrating this story, she describes the event as one that “scarred his family with a grief they never recovered from.” (188) Through this story, as a reader, it is almost impossible not to imagine yourself in her shoes. That, along with the use of these very emotionally provoking words, she captures the audience from the beginning with this pathetic appeal that carries on throughout the essay. She goes on to appeal to logics as well.
This gives the readers the feeling that some of them might have experienced stories. In this essay I will mention two stories that relates to the author’s story. Oates's essay reminds me of my Canadian friend Ashley in sixth grade in Montreal Canada. She was in my art class.
Maria Boyd’s novel “Will” clearly demonstrates and showcases multiple existing values, beliefs and ideologies. One such theme which we constantly see is that of depression. Throughout the novel, this theme is challenged and developed on. One such example Will, the protagonist, and his one sided conversations with his deceased father. This constant reminiscence of his father are only present in the latter half of the book when the theme of depression is much more prevalent.
I saw the jury sitting at a long table. “Good morning,” I said nervously. “Today I am here to speak with you about the current situation of the suspect’s mental health. The suspect has had violent outbursts, and even believed hallucination. I believe that this man is not well.
10 guests receive an invitation to a mysterious island called soldier island, which has recently been bought by an unknown buyer. But all of these guests had different reasons to come to the island, but they all have a dirty secret. Each one of them is guilty and has killed a person intentionally. But the guests slowly die 1 by 1, day by day, minute by minute, trying to figure out who the killer is and if he is among one of them. " He said we were all going to die - he said he was waiting for the end.
After reading the story A Worn Path, some readers have asked, “Is Phoenix’ grandson really dead”? 9. Another character the narrator of “Why I Live at the P.O.”, vividly describes her eccen- tric relatives. 10. Welty’s novel “The Optimist’s Daughter” won a Pulitzer Prize in 1973.