A lack of education remains one of the most influential reasons as to why an individual regards themselves as either weak or strong in comparison to others. In the novel, Skloot emphasizes the lack of education, specifically among individuals of the black community, to demonstrate how preconceived notions form hostility and animosity towards other individuals, and, in this case, medical officials. One of those such notions remains the infamous Legend of the Night Doctors; the legend states that doctors and medical officials stole both living and dead bodies for scientific purposes, mainly experimentation and observation, so as to prevent slaves from escaping the restricting bonds of slavery. Although the myth remains an obvious method of deceivement, many individuals, specifically Henrietta’s sons (Zakariyya, Sonny, and Lawrence) regarded it as truth, or ...
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... as respect them and use power and authority justly when with regards to each other. Additionally, Skloot displays the desire for the eventual ability of all individuals to have as fair of a chance as one another to achieve success, regardless of situational differences.
Written in the early part of the 20th century, Rebecca Skloot presents the contemporary biography The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and evokes sympathy and deep pity when she emphasizes the disadvantages the weak and poor confront, thereby arguing for a sense of equality among strong and weak individuals in a society. Although inequality remains inevitable, increasing levels of education and decreasing the abuse of power and authority creates a more desirable situation. By evoking sympathy and sorrow, Skloot begs individuals to yearn for change themselves and strive to help achieve it.
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