Never Let Me Go, By Kazuo Ishiguro, And The Reluctant Fundamentalist

1700 Words Dec 15th, 2016 7 Pages
According to Judith Butler in her book, Precarious Life: the Powers of Mourning and Violence, “those who gain representation, especially self-representation, have a better chance of being humanized, and those who have no chance to represent themselves run a greater risk of being treated as less than human, regarded as less than human, or indeed, not regarded at all” (141). Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro, and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid, use the lives of their protagonists to exemplify the macro-level institutionalized marginalization of, as well as the individual micro-level prejudice and discrimination against, minority groups. By communicating the experience and impact of institutionalized discrimination through dramatic monologues, a particularly intimate narrative style, Ishiguro and Hamid help their audiences generate a better understanding of and empathy for minority groups, as well as validate the experiences of members of minorities within their audiences. In order to discourse about prejudice and discrimination towards minority groups, one must have clear definitions of these concepts. Schaefer defines a minority group as “a subordinate group whose members have significantly less control or power over their own lives than do the members of a dominant or majority group” (5). Members of a group must display several distinct characteristics in order to be a minority: group members share physical or cultural characteristics; group members must…

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