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In the non-fiction novel The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot the setting contributes to the overall tone of the story in a few ways Foremost this story takes place in the 1950s and the 1960s The time period sets a gloomy tone because treatments for cancer have not been developed yet Treatments for cervical cancers are crude and unrefined - doctors are using radium a radioactive metal to treat their patients even though it can kill Second this novel is set during the time of the Jim Crow Laws This means that there is a lot of racism going on towards African-Americans They are being used in experiments where they are left to die and are separated from their white brothers - they are not allowed to question the judgment of professional white people If a black person shows up at a white-only hospital they will be sent away even if it means that they could die This racism affects Henrietta as well Doctors take her cancer cells and use them without her knowledge Because of this racism and poor treatment the tone makes one feel like Henrietta and the other black people are being treated unfairly It is important for the tone to let the reader know where the story takes place and what the social situation is because it clues them in on how people are being treated in that day and age If the tone was happy in this story instead of sad the reader would have been lead to believe that the setting was different from what it actually is In closing because this story is set in the 1950s during the time of the Jim Crow Laws the setting contributes to the tone or mood of this novel by making it more gloomy and unfair
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