The Plot The novel tells a story of a young girl Anna Fitzgerald, who was bought in to the world for a specific reason, she is a genetic match for her older sister Kate who is suffering with acute promyelocytic leukaemia. When Kate turns 15 she goes in to renal failure , and Anna knows she will be forced in to donating one of her kidneys to Kate. Anna soon comes to realize she will not be able to live the life she wants and proceeds to sue them to the rights of her own body.
Presentation on character Main characters Anna Fitzegerald – Anna stands out as the books most conflicted character, she is described by her father as a smart, funny, observant young 13 year old. Anna’s actions drive the plot as she is kates saviour but that is stopping her becoming her own person. Kate Fitzegerald- Kate is presented as the focal point of many of the novels events. She is presented as a kind, loving caring person. Sara Fitzegerald- is presented as a strong, stubborn, intelligent character. Kate being alive seems to motivate her more than anything else. Sara does not all always fill the role of a mother for her other children as her focus is on Kate and this is why Anna seems to act like she does.
How the story is told The story is told/shown by the characters different view points, through each character we are given their own individual thoughts on the situation, and what their personalities are like. Although the main event of the story is Annas law suit, you are given an insight in to a family which has been wrecked by cancer. By telling the story from each characters view point, you can get a clearer understanding on whats going on, how each characters is feeing and how they are each being effected.
Narrative Viewpoint Throughout most of the novel the narrative viewpoint is in first person but it alternates between each character , this is so you can get an insight to each characters point of view, this can help with the understanding of the novel. Sara Fitzegerald narrates the majority of the story from different points in the past and moves gradually towards the present . By doing this the reader can be informed and have an insight on how the Fitzegerald family was like and how different their lives are now.
Use of setting. The setting of the book jumps around a lot, from year to year, month to month and place to place. The novel takes place in modern day, new England, Rhode island, a real place to make it seem more realistic. “ we had a fight and decided we no longer wanted to share a room” Anna Says from this quotation you can see that Anna and Kate have to share a room we so we learn that they live in a more or less small on average house and they are not a wealthy family. Anna also says “every time Kate is hospitalized, I wind up there, too.” this quote suggests they are at the hospital a lot of the time due to Kates illness, this is where the majority of the novel is set.
Use of language The use of language in the novel can be quite sophisticated at times for example “I’m an allogeneic donor--a perfect sibling match. When Kate needs leukocytes or stem cells or bone marrow to fool her body into thinking its healthy, Im the one who provides them. Nearly every time Kates hospitalized, I wind up there too There is also a lot of metaphors used “My father says that a fire will burn itself out, unless you open a window and give it fuel.” this can give the reader a better understanding and it can create an image in their mind to what they are trying to say.
Structure and form The structure of the novel is split in to small chapters , each chapter is a characters point of view. The present action of the novel starts on Monday, each day is illustrated in certain chapters. The bulk of the story takes place in the present, set over a one and half week stretch of time. The novel is set in a cyclical structure. There are a lot of flash backs of a happier time which is told in the chapters by the different characters. Jodi Picoult jumps around from each characters perspectives, although this is shown by the heading of each chapter it can make the novel quite hard to follow at times.