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NADIYA ZAFAR Moral and Ethical Dilemmas: My Sister’s Keeper, The Awakening, and Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.

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1 NADIYA ZAFAR Moral and Ethical Dilemmas: My Sister’s Keeper, The Awakening, and Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

2 Jodi Picoult Author of My Sister’s Keeper (2004), which was adapted into a film in 2009 Studied Creative Writing at Princeton University Has eighteen bestseller novels, including, The Pact (1998), Second Glance (2003), House Rules (2010) and Lone Wolf (2012) Earned her masters in education from Harvard

3 My Sister’s Keeper /movie/my-sisters-keeper- 2009/trailers/what-can-i- do html /movie/my-sisters-keeper- 2009/trailers/what-can-i- do html

4 My Sister’s Keeper “Family Time” -Artist Pino

5 My Sister’s Keeper Main Characters:  Anna Fitzgerald  Kate Fitzgerald  Jesse Fitzgerald  Sara Fitzgerald  Brian Fitzgerald  Lawyer Campbell Alexander  Guardian Julia Romano  Judge DeSalvo Events:  Medical Emancipation Trial Themes:  Family Relationships  Genetic Engineering Ethics  Friendships of Women (Sisterhood)

6 Kate Chopin Author of The Awakening (1899), which was removed from shelves at libraries Regionalist: stories set mostly in Southern Louisiana Was banned from Literary Clubs, after this publication Also wrote At Fault (1890) and about a hundred short stories Died in 1904 By 1950, her stories began to be viewed as insightful works.

7 The Awakening /watch?v=i8tWT1ayVyQ /watch?v=i8tWT1ayVyQ

8 The Awakening “Wheat Field with Crows” -Artist Vincent Van Gogh

9 The Awakening Main Characters:  Edna Pontellier  Léonce Pontellier  Robert Lebrun  Alcee Arobin  Mademoiselle Reisz  Madame Ratignolle Events:  Search for freedom  Rejections  Alternatives  Death Themes:  Submission of women  Unhappiness with what one has

10 Barbara Ehrenreich Author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (2001) Switched majors from chemistry to physics to molecular biology to cell biology Earned a PhD in cell biology from Rockefeller University Taught at NYU Became a full time writer and journalist, after having her first child Was inspired to begin her research for Nickel and Dimed by her blue collar working father, who worked on railroads and her writing partner, who made about $6 an hour

11 Nickel and Dimed /watch?v=GIcE0sa2XmQ /watch?v=GIcE0sa2XmQ

12 Nickel and Dimed “Poor Family at Home, Early 19 th Century” -Artist Prisma Archivo

13 Nickel and Dimed Main Characters:  Barbara Ehrenreich  Waiters at “Jerry’s”  “The Maids”  Wal-Mart Employees Events:  Serving in Florida  Scrubbing in Maine  Selling in Minnesota Themes:  Conditions of working poor  Experimental Journalism

14 Moral and Ethical Dilemmas My Sister’s Keeper  Is genetically engineering a child to donate organic matter to another child just?  Does a minor have rights over her own body?  Can someone refuse to donate a vital organ to an ill relative?  Is refusal to donate homicide or assisted suicide like euthanasia? The Awakening  Can a woman be free, while she is dependent on a male?  Can a person have autonomy, which he is in a committed relationship?  Is suicide freedom?  Is suicide ever the only available solution to a situation? Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America  Is it right for a journalist to pretend to be part of the working poor so that she can gain experience to write about them?  Can poverty ever be eliminated?  Is the American Dream still viable (rags to riches stories)?

15 Works Cited Chopin, Kate. The Awakening. New York: HarperCollins, Print. Ehrenreich, Barbara. "About Barbara." Barbara Ehrenreich: Author of Nickel and Dimed. Barbara Ehrenreich, Web. 14 May Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. New York: Henry Holt and Company, Print. Google Images May (Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper book cover and movie cover and movie scene and characters’ pictures, Kate Chopin, The Awakening book cover and movie cover and movie scene and characters’ pictures, Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America book cover and working poor pictures) "Kate Chopin Biography." KateChopin.org. The Kate Chopin International Society, 14 May Web. 14 May My Sister's Keeper (2009)- Trailers: What Can I Do Video. Yahoo MoviesWeb. 14 May Picoult, Jodi. "About Jodi Picoult." Jodi Picoult. JodiPicoult, Web. 14 May Picoult, Jodi. My Sister's Keeper. New York: Washington Square Press, Print. Pino. Family Time. N.d. Painting. Key West Art Galleries. Web. 14 May POPSmaroon. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. N.d. Video. YoutubeWeb. 14 May Archivo, Prisma. Poor Family at Home, Early 19th Century. N.d. Painting. AllPosters.comWeb. 14 May tonya5309. Grand Isle Movie 1991, based on Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" Video. YoutubeWeb. 14 May Vincent Van Gogh. Wheat field with Crows Painting. VincentWeb. 14 May


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