The quest to find one’s identity and have a sense of individuality is rampant in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. The humanistic urge to have purpose is embodied in the characters of Kathy, Tommy and Ruth very differently. They each know that their life’s purpose is to donate until “completion,” yet on the way there they explore themselves and find out there is more to each of them than their vital organs, even if that is how society has labeled them. The three main characters, clones who are lepers of Ishiguro’s dystopian society, attempt to find purpose in their existence beyond containers of vital organs. The clones’ background at Hailsham gave them insight into culture, art, and the world for everyone else but there identity was always predetermined as was their fate. They may have experienced sensations of existentialism through art and life experiences but they were destined to donate and that was all. Their true identities lived and died with the people they connected with, both at Hailsham and in those they met on their paths to completion. “My name is Kathy H. I'm thirty-one years old, and I've been a carer now for over eleven years” (1). Kathy’s whole existence is summed up in these opening nineteen words. No family. No desire. Simply Kathy H. the thirty-one year old carer for the past eleven years. This is the first line in the entire novel and it sets the tone very quickly as to the status of the clones. They are made from “trash” to provide organs. The final line of the novel is as follows. “I just waited a bit, then turned back to the car, to drive off to wherever it was I was supposed to be” (288). Her entire existence in the novel is bookended by two quotes that articulate her insignificance. In between the p... ... middle of paper ... ...d surround ourselves with. It is not what we have done that is important but the people we choose to do it with that defines each and every one of us. The clones each search for their own identities as they go through their lives but are not able to find an answer until they realize it was the people that they were with that made the difference. Kathy may only describe herself as a thirty one year old carer but her relationship with Tommy served as the true substance of her life. Hailsham gave her and the other clones that were lucky enough to go there a taste of life as a regular human. Her life experiences were tied up in the people she held dear. Once Tommy had completed Kathy simply went back to being lost in the world. She became, once again, defined by a few simple words. Works Cited Ishiguro, Kazuo. Never Let Me Go. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. Print.
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The theme of this novel is to look at the good you do in life and how it carries over after your death. The moral of the book is; "People can make changes in their lives whenever they really want to, even right up to the end."
From the beginning of Kat’s life, she was at odds with her environment. When she was a child, she was Katherine, a doll like representation of what her mother wanted her to be. As a teenager she was Kathy, a representation of what she believed others wanted, “a bouncy, round-faced [girl] with gleaming freshly washed hair and enviable teeth, eager to please and no more int...
The most important question that must be addressed in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never let me go is Whether or not Kathy H. And her fellow clones are human. The three friends are part of the “donation program” that is common practice in their society. They were clones and were created for the sole purpose of eventually donating their organs to non-clones to allow for the latter’s continued existence. In this novel, it is evident that Kathy H., Ruth, Tommy, and all the other cloned beings are not considered human by the society that they inhabit, namely, England of the late 20th and early 21st century. In order for the donation program to continue as it does, it must be the case that the society either does not consider that clones human, or does not consider them “human enough” to be granted the same rights as non-cloned humans.
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Half way through the novel the reader finds out that Kathy, and the other Hailsham students, sole purpose in life is to grow up and donate the his or her vital organs. To the reader, it is confusing why the students do not just run away. However, the way Ishiguro wrote Never Let Me Go it makes sense that they do not. Throughout Kathy and the other student’s lives, they have constantly done what the majority of the students did. Ignorance is why Kathy and the others do not run away from their inevitable deaths. The students simply did not know anything other than growing up to become a donor. All of their lives they have been molded to follow the popular idea, so to the students become a donor is exactly what they want to do with their
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An author’s way of writing and portraying a character are one of the important things to note when reading a novel. Whether they use third or first person as their view point, have their main character have an underlying dark secret that is not revealed until the end of the novel. However an author wishes to write their novel, there is always a drawback to it. Kazuo Ishiguro’s way of writing his novel Never Let Me Go is in a first person perspective where the narrator, Kathy H., reassess her life of being a clone but the way Kathy remembers and discusses her memories of living in Hailsham is hindered by the fact she inputs her own feelings and thoughts into what happened in the past.
Living in a world where they have successfully created human clones for organ donations, is not a great achievement to mankind in any way, shape, or form. It makes you wonder, where exactly do you draw the line between the advancement of technology and the dehumanization that occurs because of it?" Never Let Me Go is a Novel based in the main character Kathy’s memories of her experience in Hailsham and after she left. Hailsham is a boarding school for children who have been cloned from people considered as low life’s or unsuccessful, the only purpose given too these children are for them to develop into adults and donate as many of their mature organs as they can till they die, or as the students and guardians refer to it “complete”. The author focuses on the sick ways of our current society and warns us about the possible future that may be introduced and excepted, Kazuo Ishiguro writes with the intent of teaching and affecting the reader on an emotional level at the same time.
Jesuit philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1948) believed that humankind follows a certain evolution of mind and body. This process involves a beginning (komogenese), a development (biogenese), and then a peak (noogenese) in which humans reach an Omega Point of higher being. Though his ideas were actually applied on a much broader scale of humanity over a large timespan, the theory can be applied to the individual’s process of human development. Single humans begin as common clones of one another. From this commonality many examine their lives and develop the things within them that make them uniquely them. This development of the self only can be ended at death when the individual converges upon an Omega Point in which he has an elevated understanding of and meaning for life. The characters Edna from The Awakening and Mrs. May from ”Greenleaf” encounter a similar human development in which an individual is formed with an understanding of life. The means by which they achieve this differ greatly.
Throughout my whole life, I was taught the idea that it is bad to be different and to avoid being unique. As a teenager, conforming to society might be the best road to take since you’re still figuring out who you are but it can lead to powerful internal conflicts if you completely lose your self identity. Some would argue that being yourself will make you happier by not pretending to be someone you’re not. Others insist that being yourself will separate you from everyone and always feel lonely. On the other hand, I believe being true to ourselves will enable people to see our real identity without a disguise. People will see what we are really like on the inside and they can appreciate our real self.
The essence of memory is subjective (Lavenne, et al. 2005: 2). In Never Let Me Go memories are formed in the mind of ‘Kathy H’ which emanate her subjective views. These relate to her own emotions and prejudices as an outsider, a clone, experienced through the innocence of childhood, and the deception of adulthood from the institutions of ‘Hailsham’ and ‘the cottages.’ Which allude to Kazuo Ishiguro’s ow...