10th Lit/Cmp Gft.
2 August, 2011
Often times when reading a story, the reader just gets the story on the page; for instance, a trip to the store or the process of finding a new dog. Well what if there was more behind the story on the page. What if the trip to the store was actually a quest? In How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Foster says "the quest consists of five things: (a) a quester, (b) a place to go, (c) a stated reason to go there, (d) challenges and trials en route, and (e) a real reason to go there" (3). In some cases, there may not be a quest. A drive to work with no adventure, danger, or change, is not a quest. But, in My Sister's Keeper, the entire story is a quest.
"Item (a) is easy; a quester is just a person who goes on a quest, whether or not he knows it's a quest" (Foster 3).
In the novel My Sister's Keeper, Anna Fitzgerald, a 13 year old girl, is on a mission. Foster says, "items (b) and (c) should be considered together: someone tells our protagonist, our hero, who need not look very heroic, to go somewhere and do something" (3). After much thought, Anna comes to the conclusion that she must go to court. One might say, "What on earth is a 13 year old doing in court?" Anna says, "just my parents, I want to sue them for the rights to my own body" (Picoult 19). For years Anna has been donating parts of her own body to her sister Kate, who is sick with leukemia. Just after Anna was born, her umbilical cord blood was needed. It was going to Kate. Court did...