State of Wonder by Ann Patchett: A Need to Reproduce Forever

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A Need to Reproduce Forever
Reproducing is a decision that is irreversible and produces masses of major responsibilities and changes. However large the decision may be, there are many women who decide that they are ready too late in their lives. The delay in becoming pregnant may occur for a variety of reasons, many of which include financial or career stability, mental stability, or pregnancy through outside means, such as in vitro fertilization. Women are expected a stop in the ability to become impregnated with the arrival of menopause. In the book State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett, a woman named Marina Singh travels deep inside the Amazon jungle in the hopes to find Dr. Annick Swenson, a doctor who is developing a drug for pregnancy in
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These growths are very significant in terms of the Lakashi’s culture and generational reproduction. The constant reproduction of these babies are vital to their community due to the lack of medication, doctors, sanitary living measures, food, and other factors that lead to many deaths. In a description made by Anders Eckman, a fellow researcher to Marina, he states, “the women go on bearing children until the end of their lives…” He continues by stating the influence this would have on modern technology, “This is ovum in perpetuity, menstruation everlasting… Pretend for a moment that you are a clinical pharmacologist working for a major drug development firm. Imagine someone offering you the equivalent of ‘Lost Horizon’ for American ovaries.” The women of the Lakashi tribe are seen pregnant at ages of seventy or even higher, making for a very big population. The children are seen to be at dangerous conditions and doing precarious activities with not even a glance from the elders, signifying their sole importance to the community. Marina states, “this was how they ensured an intelligent race, by letting the careless babies fall like ripe fruit form the trees?” (Patchett 203) as the elders laughed at the running baby. This proves the Lakashi’s inattentiveness towards the younger generations, pointing to the fact that they can easily just produce more children. In their culture where every woman passed puberty will never hit

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