Identity: My Sister’s Keeper, The Bell Jar, A Thousand Splendid Suns By Meg Daughtery
Jodi Picoult • Bestselling author born on May 19, 1966, in Nesconset in Long Island in New York • Studied creative writing at Princeton and had two short stories published in Seventeen magazine • Awarded New England Bestseller Award for Fiction • She and her husband Tim now live in Hanover, New Hampshire with their three children
Sylvia Plath • Born October 27, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts • She was an exceptional student despite the depression she went through in 1953 • She married Ted Hughes • Ted left Plath and as a result she fell into deep depression that winter • On February 1963 she committed suicide using her gas oven • The Collection of Poems won her the Pulitzer Prize • First poet to win Pulitzer Prize after death
Khaled Hosseini • Khalad Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1965 • Hoseini’s family moved to San Jose California in 1980 • His first novel The Kite Runner has become a international bestseller published in 70 countries and he was equally as successful with his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns • Khalad has been working through The Khalad Hosseini Foundation inspired by a trip to Afghanistan Khalad had made in 2007
My Sister’s Keeper Main Characters: • Anna Fitzgerald • Thirteen year old girl who lives as a donor to her sister Kate • Anna decides to sue her parents for medical emancipation • Kate Fitzgerald • The middle child and focal point of many of the events in the novel • Mostly defined through her battle with cancer • Sara and Brian Fitzgerald • The parents of Anna and Kate who struggle in their marriage because of their different opinions about the trial Themes: • Bonds of Sisterhood • Both girls recognize that from birth Anna has served as Kate’s lifeline as well as sister which makes their relationship even stronger
The Bell Jar Main Characters: • Esther Greenwood • Esther is a smart, ambitious young girl who dreams of being a writer • Esther suffers from a mental breakdown and must fight against her depression and to regain her sanity • Mrs. Greenwood • Esther's mother who does not do much to support Esther's dream of a writer and agrees with society’s notions about women • Buddy Willard • A smart, achieving boy who represents the ideal 1950’s male and seems to be ideal for Esther • suppresses Esther’s writing ambitions and tries to make her marry him. Themes: • Lack of Relationships • Due to Esther's feeling of isolation from society, she does not have a support system to motivate her
Ariel (1965) Stasis in darkness.Then the substanceless bluePour of tor and distances. God's lioness,How one we grow,Pivot of heels and knees! - The furrow Splits and passes, sister toThe brown arcOf the neck I cannot catch,
A Thousand Splendid Suns Main Characters: • Mariam • Quiet thoughtful women born out of wedlock to a rich man • Is forced to marry Rasheed when she is fifteen as a result of her mothers death • Laila • Laila is the second female protagonists and is independent and intelligent • Rasheed • widowed shoemaker who believes in the standard of what the ideal wife should be like which is subservient and obedient Themes • Female Bonds • Laila and Mariam form a strong bond despite their husband and government to reduce their power
Enough by Leisa Collins who promotes the security of Afghan women and girls freedom and equality.
Identity • Anna’s Identity • Anna and Kate share a complex bond that forms a substantial part of each girls identity • Anna desires to know who she would be without Kate • Esther’s search for identity • Esther tries to identify herself with the relationships she has with people in her life but because of her inability to from strong relationships she is incapable of finding her identity • Mariam’s and Laila’s Identities • Mariam is forced to identify herself through Rasheed who makes her over when they go in public and controls her every action • Laila must give up who she wants to become and marry Rasheedbecause of her little options and for her love of Tariq and her child
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