S: By: Haley Jackson
FC: Henrietta Lacks Rhetoric Book | 10/25/11
1: "The reason Henrietta's cells were so precious was because they allowed scientists to perform experiments that would have been impossible with a living human."
2: Dear Ms. Rebecca Skloot, I just wanted to say thank ya so much for everything ya have done for my family and me. I have grown so much as a person and learned a lot 'bout science with your help, I do regret not talkin' to ya right away and some times ignorin' ya. Can't ya see I was scared? Them doctors took my ma's cells without even askin' and I thought you was one of them. I didn't know what to expect and ya kept on callin'. I'm real glad I answered and got to talk to ya. I woulda never been where I am today if ya hadn't kept buggin' me. My family 'preciates everything ya did too. We was a big mess when ya first came around. But with your help we got betta' and are now able to accept that our ma's cells were taken from her. I will not give up on makin' my mama known all around the world, I just won't. But I can stop my stressin' and cryin' because you have made me stronger. Thank ya Ms. Rebecca! I can't wait to read that book of your's. Sincerely, Deborah "Dale" Lacks-Pullum | Unsent Letter
3: The rhetorical device I used in the unsent letter was tone. Deborah writes to Skloot because she is thankful. Her thankfulness is brought to life by the use of word choice.. It is easy to see that she is happy and grateful to have met Rebecca Skloot, | "Since at least the 1800s, black oral history has been filled with tales of 'night doctors' who kidnapped black people for research. And there were disturbing truths behind these stories," (165). | an example of Tone From the book | This excerpt from the book shows tone in many ways. The words disturbing and kidnapped really help set the mood for this part of the book. The use of words like those makes people afraid, which is exactly what Skloot wanted to do. She wanted to inform people about why blacks were afraid of hospitals and medical research and make her readers feel it too.
4: Split-Open Mind | A major decision that had to be made in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks involved Deborah "Dale" Lacks and the author of the book, Rebecca Skloot. Rebecca Skloot keeps calling the Lacks family to get in touch with Deborah but the family eventually stops answering and Skloot is under the impression she will never get to have a conversation with Deborah Lacks. Finally, Deborah calls Skloot back, making the decision to talk to her and get involved with what she is doing to write her book. | Before the decision, Deborah felt overwhelmed. She was bitter because doctors took her mother's cells without consent and she felt like that was wrong. She was mad that her mom's cells were doing so much for the medical world but her family was still poor. She couldn't trust anyone anymore. | After the decision, Deborah felt relieved. Talking to Skloot about everything was one of the best choices she had ever made. Her family and her were finally getting the attention they deserved, and so was her mom. She still wasn't seeing any profit, but she was okay with that. She was paid with knowledge and happiness, so was her family.
5: The rhetorical device I used in the split-open mind was irony. Deborah made a big decision to get involved with Skloot and make her mother well known. I think one of the main reasons she called Skloot was because she wanted money, she deserved money. The irony of the whole thing is that even after she stuck with Skloot the whole way, she never made a penny. But she was happy about it. She ended up not caring about the money, she was just excited that the world knew her mother for who she really was, not just HeLa. | EXAMple of irony from the book | "When Deborah was a junior in highschool, at the age of sixteen, she was pregnant with her first child," (144). | Irony is an outcome of events contrary to what was expected. This excerpt shows irony because Henrietta, Deborah's mother, was pregnant when she was 14 years old. You would think that Deborah would learn from her mother's mistakes, but she did not. She got pregnant at a young age as well.
18: How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You! | Live well, laugh often, love much
20: "He holds her hand,She holds his heart."
21: To the world you may be one person, but to me you are the world.