Rebecca the climax of the importance of Henrietta Lacks’

Rebecca
Skloot, the author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” uses logical
appeals to help readers understand the story of Henrietta Lacks. She enforces
that science we have today would not be where it is now without the discovery
of the HeLa cells. Skloot provides a general description cancer cells and a
brief scientific backstory of HeLa cells to build upon explaining the
contributions of Henrietta’s cells and later explain the cell and its impact on
her family in depth. In this passage presented at the beginning of the story,
Skloot interests the public in scientific knowledge about ‘cells’, by using simile
and metaphor. Skloot initiates the description of the cell by comparing it to
“a fried egg” and further describes its structure with “white” cytoplasm, and a
“yolk” nucleus. By connecting an uninformed term ‘cells’ to an everyday food
‘fried eggs,’ she gathers the attention and readers are able to easily get the
sense of what ‘the cell’ looks like. Skloot continues to imply simile and
onomatopoeia in the following sentence, “The cytoplasm buzzes like a New York
City street” to create the image of cytoplasm keeps moving busy like a crowded
city street, something that we can easily imagine. Her uses of figurative
languages is to captivate the readers and help them make connections. Not long
after Skloot instructs the process of cells, she implies “factories” as a
metaphor comparing how cytoplasm ceaselessly crank out “sugars, fats, proteins,
and energy,” just like how factories never stop working to produce their
products. Simile and personification is used once again to create the
understanding of the basic function of cells. “… nucleus – the brains of the
operation” and illustrating the division of mitosis in a cell like a
“beautiful, perfectly choreographed dance” helps the readers gain the idea of what
‘cell’ is and vision how they divide. Then in the next paragraph, Skloot
repeats the word ‘one’ to emphasize the importance of our regular functioning
mitosis, as “one small, … just one enzyme misfiring, … just one wrong protein
activation” leads to a cancer. From this didactic illustration of the structure
and the function of the cells leads to the climax of the importance of
Henrietta Lacks’ cells to impart a high understanding in cancer cells in
culture today.