“Pouring her energy into the work, she tried to rebuild a life” (p.113).

This quote expresses the way Marie put all her time and energy into her research after Pierre passed away, in hopes that her life would would restore back to the way it was.

This quote illuminates radiation and its effect on the life of Marie and Pierre. Marie had lost the love of her life but she still had something to hold on to, her research on radium which was something both she and Pierre had a passion for. Marie literally puts all her energy into her research in hopes to rekindle the life she had before Pierre’s death, but the highly radioactive mateiral begins to have a negative effect on Marie’s body. “Her fingers were barnacled with fibrous lesions from handling radium..she chronicled her deterioration as laboratory data..” (p.169). The research drained out all the energy from Marie’s body, slowly but surely killing her. The quote also illuminates a theme of love. Pouring herself into her research was a way of expressing her love for her late husband Pierre. Researching and working in the lab was something they enjoyed doing together, and their love for science is what had  brought them together.

Lastly, the mood of this quote gives off a vibe of depletion, as if Marie is depleting herself of all her engery. This relates to Redniss’s intertexual use of pictures. The pictures illustrated in this book are ghostly and give off a  supernatural vibe, which complement not only her word choice in this quote but also in this photo. The figure in this photo also looks as if it’s being depleted of the contents inside of it.  It is pouring out its energy.





Redniss Lauren. “Radioactive.” New York : !t Books, 2010. Print

Doug. “Throwing Up Rainbows.” Flicker. Web. 23 July.2009.

“Their handwritings intermingled in their notebooks”. p.57

This quote is expressing Marie and Pierre’s teamwork, and how they built off the  ideas of each other.

Redniss uses this quote and more specifically the word “inter minded” to illuminate the couple’s togetherness and teamwork while conducting their research. Pierre provided Marie with tools and a technique he had developed for crystals, and with this technique Marie built a circuit (p. 44). Whether in or out of the lab, Marie and Pierre were always in sync helping one another. As they grew in advanced in their research they still remained intermingled with one another.

This reminded me of a lot of things in our world that go hand in hand, working together to create something better, or working together to create a new product.


The picture is of an tree with intertwined branches, and as the tree grows, it branches still remain intertwined with one another. At the  end of the branches  are leaves, which symbolize the products the both branches bear.

This picture reminded me not only of the quote , but also of Radioactive as a whole because the book put great emphasis on partnership. Even when Pierre dies, Marie ends up together with Paul and the two of them work together on their careers. Even though there was friction in their relationship due to the fact that Langevin already had a wife, Marie and Langevin were still intertwined with one another when it came to their research.

The intertextual elements throughout this book are used to enhance the certain topic being discussed at that point in the book. Redniss expresses how Americans succeeded in building the world’s first atomic weapon, she also includes the first hand account of surveyor Sadae Kasaoka, and the terrible experience she had. She adds this intertextual to show that although creating the atomic bomb was a great advancement to America’s sciences, and defense system, it was also a devastating creation to people like Sade Kasoka who lost family members at such young age. This ties into the quote and the picture of the intertwined branches. Redniss intertwines both the good and the bad side of creating the atomic bomb.



Redniss Lauren. “Radioactive.” New York : !t Books, 2010. Print

Image Kid. “Author to Intertwine.” Imgkid. Web. 25 Jan. 2010.

Cover Letter

Dear Faculty Member,


At the beginning of this course I saw myself as a decent writer, but I realized that need to improve greatly on the way I structured my essays in order to clearly explain my thesis. I knew how to develop a claim that answered the prompt, and I knew how to select reasons that would support my claim, but I wanted to learn now to create stronger arguments. As my writing improved, the way I viewed  myself as a thinker, writer and collaborator also improved. I learned the right questions to ask myself while thinking and collaborating,i in order to figure out the best way to write my papers. Writing my Unit 1 Paper, Against the Norm, is when I began to think a lot harder on why I was choosing each specific evidence to support my reasons for my claim. I began to realize the need to select evidence that directly supports my reasons. While creating my Unit 2 Paper, Ebola, I realized that I needed to focus on carrying out my ideas all the way through my conclusion to really drive my point home. Since the conclusion is the last thing the audience reads, it is important to make sure that my thesis is clarified in the way throughout the paper. Lastly in my Unit 3 Paper, Genetic Modification, I learned that when I need to be sure my evidence is structured around one claim, and not jumbled up with too much evidence in one paragraph. I realized that it is better to have two paragraphs with the same claim, but supported with two different sets of evidence. The future I can apply what I’ve learned from this class by taking the time to make sure that I am not repeating the same mistakes I had previously made.


Thank you,

Vanessa Duah

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