The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down By Anne Fadiman And The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

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After reading The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, I have discovered that although both of the books are written about medical ethics within different cultures and both Fadiman and Skloot side with the patients being treated, the two authors have different argumentation styles and ways of building their arguments. Fadiman writes in a Rogerian argumentation style while Skloot is more Aristotelian and Fadiman uses inductive reasoning while Skloot uses deductive reasoning. The only similarity between how the authors make their arguments is that both Fadiman and Skloot commit the red herring logical fallacy. After analyzing the arguments the authors are making and …show more content…

It then occurred to me that this last skill had officially been contradicted by the American government, which had legally declared her a child abuser” (105). These two different statements show that Fadiman shows both sides of the story, but subtly sides with the Lees.
While Fadiman uses the Rogerian approach, Skloot uses an Aristotelian approach, which is a more aggressive style of writing, but much more persuading. To use the Aristotelian approach, you must state your claim at the very beginning, and then use evidence, the three appeals, and counterarguments to back up your claim, which is exactly what Skloot does. Skloot starts off the first couple chapters of the book by describing Henrietta and her family, and how Henrietta did not deserve what had happened to her. By doing this, Skloot shows her side of the argument and develops an emotional connection between the readers and Henrietta, which is an example of pathos. Later on in the story, Skloot interviews Henrietta’s cousin Cootie after her death and Cootie says, “‘Everything about Henrietta dead except them cells… You know other countries be buying her for twenty-five dollars, sometimes fifty? Her family didn’t get no money out of it’” (80-81). Skloot uses this interview to support her claim that Henrietta did not deserve to

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