The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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Why did the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks break the book into three sections--"Life," "Death, and "Immortality"?

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Rebecca Skloot, the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, split the book into three sections to humanize the story and help the reader understand the ethical issues involved with the scientific use of HeLa cells in research. Skloot takes time throughout her book to introduce Henrietta's family members and including their stories. As the reader, we can see how the loss of Henrietta and the other traumas they have experienced have impacted the family. The use of three sections ("Life", "Death", and "Immortality") helps Skloot reinforce her thesis that what happened to Henrietta was morally and ethically wrong and that the Lacks family is owed some kind of reparations.

In the section "Life," Skloot introduces the reader to the Lacks family, tells the story of Henrietta's diagnosis of cervical cancer, and ends the section by talking about her death. Skloot jumps the reader between Henrietta's timeline and her own experiences as she tries to learn more about the Lacks family and...

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