Imorality In Classical Literature

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Can one truly achieve immortality? The depends on one’s definition of immorality. A person living forever never aging or dying, then no, the elixir of life or fountain of youth has not been found; nonetheless, in the case of Henrietta Lacks, her cells have. Henrietta Lacks, although dead, is still living through her malignant cancer cells that multiply endlessly as long as it is cultured with space. In classical literature, immortality correlates with an endless lifespan never reaching death of old age or disease. However, in more contemporary literature, immortality emphasizes on defying or escaping natural deaths such as the undead. The notion of immortality has been adapted and altered throughout generations and eras. One thing, however,…show more content…
One example of classical literature is the immortal Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. The gods and goddesses, who never age, possess beauty beyond what the eyes can hold, and are immune to diseases and some injuries, connects to the classical literature’s concept: an endless lifespan of never reaching old age or disease. Whether the gods may or may not have existed, their stories, myths, and legends are still being told today in various ways making them immortal— never forgotten, even after the source of origin have vanished. Just like the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, the characters in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will never be forgotten. The stories in the book immortalize all those in it: Deborah Lacks, Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot, Elsie Pleasant, etc. For as long as the “a book that was a biography of both the cells and the woman they came from—someone’s daughter, wife, and mother” (Skloot 6) continues to survive those in it will never to be forgotten or lost, even after death. Not only the book that…show more content…
In the world renowned fiction series Twilight, innocent human children are captured at a young age, to turn them into vampires that ultimately create immortal children. Although banned by Volturi, most powerful coven of vampires, the immortal children are trapped in a time physically and mentally confining. The immortal children not being able to fend for themselves, they are constantly hunted or found by humans to experiment and relentlessly studied by the hands of the humans. Similar to the immortal children in Twilight, the HeLa cells from Henrietta Lacks are trapped in their test tubes for them to reach immorality, “That lady [Henrietta Lacks] has achieved true immortality, both in the test-tube and in the hearts and minds of scientists the world over, since the value of HeLa cells in research, diagnosis, etc., is inestimable. Yet we do not know her name!” (175). HeLa cells were constantly being made, like the immortal children, whether it is legal or not, and even after being made and sold off, they are constantly being studied by scientists. These cells that came from Henrietta Lacks making her immortal, but only labeled as HeLa, which comes from the first two letter of her first and last name. The memories of Henrietta will always exist as long as her cells do. Another example of immortality in contemporary literature is the

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