Anna Fitzgerald is a determined yet shy thirteen year old girl. After being born to save her sister who suffers from Acute Myeloid Leukemia, she has undergone many surgeries, transplants, and shots. Her determined personality drives her to sue her parents for the right to her own body.
Foreshadowing: "What happens if you don't give your sister a kidney?' 'She'll die." (22)
Sara Fitzgerald is Anna's mom. She is very blunt, stubborn, and her main focus is keeping Kate alive. When she hears about Anna's agreement to stop providing Kate with organs, treatments, and blood, she flips out. She tries to stop Anna from doing this, even though she doesn't realize that Anna has the right to do it.
Imagery"The bruise is the size and shape of a four-leaf clover and sits square between Kate's shoulder blades. Jesse is the first to find it, while they are both in the bathtub." (26)
Mommy, what's that?
The theme is that you should enjoy and spend your life like it's your last day. Anna and her family always were thinking about how Kate wouldn't live for much longer, or how her cancer had taken over their lives. They never tried to live day by day and appreciate that Kate stayed alive for another day. Sometimes you need to put aside the struggles in life and just enjoy your life one step at a time.
Symbol: Kate's Cancer "I don't mind my disease killing me, but it's killing my family, too."
While at the attorney's office, Anna tells Judge Campbell that she doesn't want to donate any more organs to her sister. The quote can show that Kate may not survive because of Anna, even though she has the rights to her own body.
The author does a great job showing and displaying imagery in the story. She uses lots of expressive words and sentences to give the reader a sense as if they were the one experiencing it. By using imagery in this story, Picoult really helps readers see the distress and agony not only people suffering from cancer go through, but their family as well.
Kate's cancer is one of the biggest symbols in the book. It sets their family apart from each other but also hurts them as a whole. Kate's cancer has affected every single family member. For example, Jesse, who is the eldest of the kids, started drinking and smoking. Nobody realized this because they were always so focused of Kate. Sometimes it was helpful however. It taught them how to work together and be there for each other when times got hard.