In that she is a Mormon and

In her essay, “The Clan of the One-Breasted Women,” Terry Tempest Williams begins developing her essay by telling us that she is a Mormon and belongs to the Clan of One-Breasted Women. She begins by giving a brief summary of her family’s history and its health. She addresses that her family is healthy and only one family member had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She did this to give a clear example that her family is normal and has no genetic force that would show breast cancer. Then she informs us the story of her mother’s death and discovery that her dreams of flashes of light during the night was real and truly a nuclear test that had occurred back in the fifties when she was just a kid. This was new information for her because she just found that the cancer was caused by the government which is really sad.        It was at this point that Williams had realized why so many of her family members and people living in Utah were diagnosed with cancer. Many women filed trials and complained, trying to stop nuclear testing, but every attempt was failed. When faced with the situation, the United States’ government confirmed the American public that nuclear testing was not the problem of cancer in this area of the country. She analyzes the United States government for causes and effect that nuclear experiment has on people. The effect on the author and her family was big. She wants us to feel angry, shocked by doing some very good emotional claims. Williams wanted us to feel the same way that her family felt. She believes that the government was violating their individual lives.      My response to this essay was shocking.  I think that Williams has suffered a lot and I am shocked that I have not discovered of this happening.  The Mormon women were prepared to let everything go and not make waves, but how can this not change them.  Seeing any children that they have possibly be exposed to radiation and diagnosed with cancer is disturbing.  This would clearly make them not want to have kids. It seems that the government should have considered a more sensitive view of what happened. In my opinion, the people in the government is responsible for this because they created this disaster. Williams states that she is tired of not saying anything and not reaching up for herself and I think that the whole Mormon community should feel the same way.  

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