Connecting Text Study Essay
My Sisters Keeper and
The Fault In Our Stars
Compare and contrast the themes of love and sacrifice in the two texts My Sisters Keeper and The Fault In Our Stars.
My Sisters Keeper and The Fault In Our Stars written by Jodie Picoult and John Green respectively, are both stories of teenage girls suffering with cancer, based around the themes of love and sacrifice. These themes are explored throughout the texts with different literary techniques such as diction, metaphor and personification. The two texts are similar as they both revolve around the aforementioned themes, although they show a few subtle differences throughout. Comment by lduncan: State the kinds of love and sacrifice Comment by lduncan: This is a good way to link back to previous ideas
The theme of sacrifice is important throughout My Sisters Keeper and The Fault In Our Stars, as both Hazel and Kate rely on the sacrifices their families and loved ones make for them. In My Sisters Keeper the character Anna makes the decision to sue her parents for the rights to her own body, as she was created purely to be an “allogeneic donor – a perfect sibling match”. However, at the age of 13 Anna had already sacrificed a lot of her body parts for her older sister Kate, who suffers from cancer. Kate’s mother gave up her job as a lawyer, and both parents gave up their social lives to try and support her. However, when Kate gives in to her illness her parents are no longer burdened by the fear of losing their daughter, allowing them to fully enjoy their lives again. Jodie Picoult uses of diction to illustrate sacrifice, by changing the narrative voice and the point of perspective throughout, showing the of sacrifice the family have made for Kate. The change in point of view is important as it shows what each of the characters perspectives are about the situation and why the sacrifices were made. Allowing you to see how Kate feels about what’s happening to her, and why she has asked Anna to fight for the rights to her own body, and allowing you to see why Sarah is extremely upset about Anna fighting against her, as she has no idea that Kate’s wish is to no longer be operated on. For example, in Chapter One the book is written from Anna’s perspective : “[Anna] wondered what happened when you offered yourself to someone, and they opened you, only to discover you were not the gift they expected and they had to smile and nod and say thank you all the same.”, and a few chapters later, from Sarah’s perspective: “Although I am nine months pregnant, although I have had plenty of time to dream, I have not really considered the specifics of this child. I have thought of this daughter only in terms of what she will be able to do for the daughter I already have…Then again, my dreams for her are no less exalted; I plan for her to save her sister’s life.”. Using multiple points of view shows that Anna and Sarah have very different perspectives that. Comment by lduncan: GOOD!! Comment...