Humanity In Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go

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Tommy has never been creative. During his time at Hailsham, he is looked down on for his artistic qualities, yet as he matures, his imagination is revealed through his animal creations. His artistic debut to Kathy is one of the most memorable scenes in Kazuo Ishiguro’s dystopian novel Never Let Me Go. As Tommy proudly presents his unique works of art, the realization is made of his imaginary animals that “for all their busy metallic features, there was something sweet, even vulnerable about each of them,” which describes the true nature and role of clones in a scientifically-driven world. Despite the society enveloped in science and technology, one of the remaining factors that preserve humanity is art and imagination, in which humanity thrives …show more content…
Despite the harsh destiny of the clones, several of them seem to accept their status as main providers for the health of humans. The peace within each clone rests in the fact that at some point of everyone’s life, each person and each clone will “complete.” The clones do not seem to be even slightly bothered by the circumstances of their future either; from being a carer to becoming a donor, serenity seems to fill within them along with the acceptance of responsibility of the “technical necessity for bringing [them] into the world, nothing more than that.” In a sense, the willingness of the clones branches from the ignorance instilled in each of them. Their childhoods consist of several vague notions of their future role in society, and the values engendered in them taught obedience and structure. Along with the teachings from Hailsham, the secluded groups formed during the students’ childhoods also “encouraged conformity to group values” (Tweed 80). From infancy to teenage years, the only thing taught to the young children is to stay healthy and be prepared for their pre-determined future. No other option exists; however, the rumored deferral program plants a seed of hope to perhaps temporarily escape the inhumane treatment of clones, yet once again, the set rules of society are exemplified when it is discovered that such a program is merely an imaginary invention. The closest the clones can ever get to escape their set fate subsists in pure dreams and wishes; all liberation routes are unattainable and

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