My Sister's Keeper

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“the thing about flame is that it’s insidious - it sneaks, it licks, it looks over its shoulder and laughs. . . Like a sunset eating everything in its path” My Sister’s Keeper: Literary Essay The novel My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult has an astounding contrast between appearance and reality. Throughout the world people keep secrets from each other. What motivates them to do this? Jodi Picoult develops this contrast by examining each character’s thoughts and motivation through a point-of-view narrative. Picoult demonstrates that there is a difference between the way people appear to feel and the way they truly feel. This statement is true to all the characters in My Sister’s Keeper, because they all hide their true motives from…show more content…
That was the first time I thought that maybe I was” (pg. 245). Jesse’s fascination with flames is emphasized when he reveals that, “the thing about flame is that it’s insidious - it sneaks, it licks, it looks over its shoulder and laughs. . . Like a sunset eating everything in its path” (pg.246). The family feels that Jesse burns things for fun not realizing that he is doing it to hide his emotions and the fact that the family has given up on him. To him this whole situation with Kate is like a blaze that will eventually extinguish as all fires do. He feels that all of the injustices that he’s suffered will always pale in comparison to that which is happening to his sister, which essentially leaves him feeling despair and helpless and ultimately driving him to arson to vent out his frustrations. In retrospect, Jodi Picoult has created multi-dimensional characters through the use of point-of-view narratives. She gives accounts of each person’s thought processes as they face the situation that Kate is going through. Through the characters of Anna, Campbell and Jesse, she manages to reveal the true motives behind each character’s behavior as opposed to the behaviour that is seen by each of the other characters. By the end of the novel, the reader realizes that
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