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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman - MonkeyNotes by PinkMonkey.com The full study guide is available for download at: http://monkeynote.stores.yahoo.net/ 1 TheBestNotes.com. Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved. No further distribution without written consent. The full study guide is available for download at: http://monkeynote.stores.yahoo.net/ PinkMonkey Literature Notes on . . . http://monkeynote.stores.yahoo.net/ Sample MonkeyNotes Note: this sample contains only excerpts and does not represent the full contents of the booknote. This will give you an idea of the format. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman 1997 MonkeyNotes Study Guide by Diane Clapsaddle The full study guide is available for download at: http://monkeynote.stores.yahoo.net/ Reprinted with permission from TheBestNotes.com Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved Distribution without the written consent of TheBestNotes.com is strictly prohibited.
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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman - MonkeyNotes by PinkMonkey.com The full study guide is available for download at: http://monkeynote.stores.yahoo.net/ 2 TheBestNotes.com. Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved. No further distribution without written consent. The full study guide is available for download at: http://monkeynote.stores.yahoo.net/ KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS SETTING Merced, California Laos, Southeast Asia Mid 1960s to 1997 LIST OF CHARACTERS Major Characters Anne Fadiman - She is the author and narrator of the book whose experiences with the Lia and her family are re-told in intimate and tragic detail. She learns while others do not the importance of understanding the culture of the patient in order to properly treat his illness. Lia Lee - She is the epileptic Hmong child who is at the center of this story. She eventually ends up in a vegetative state, because understanding her from the perspective of the whole patient was ignored. Foua Yang and Nao Kao Lee - They are Lia’s parents who love her very much and become totally committed to her care even after she enters the vegetative state. However, they are partially to blame, but nowhere nearly as much to blame for their child’s medical condition as the doctors who treated her. Neil Ernst & Peggy Philp - They are Lia’s main doctors at the Merced Community Medical Center and unlike most of the physicians there, are open to understanding the Hmong culture. However, they never understand the concept of the soul in healing illnesses and for them, the bottom line is always about life. Jeanine Hilt - She is the social worker who makes Lia her personal cause. She fights against the medical establishment whenever she can on Lia’s behalf and truly cares for the Hmong as a culture. Minor Characters
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