Can a movie ever be as good as a book? While it is true that books allow the readers to plunge into the narrator’s thoughts and perceive the events through a particular point of view, films themselves are a masterpiece in their own kind of way. The boat scene in the novel Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, which reunites Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy, after so many years of leading separate lives, plays a significant role in both the book and the film. Though the film adaptation certainly modifies this passage by adding and omitting certain features, the film adaption still stays very true to the book. Perhaps the strongest difference is the emphasis of Kathy and Tommy’s relationship in the film, which appears a few chapters later in the book.
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This very much relates to the lives of the characters, in the sense that they too do not have the freedom to lead the life they dreamed of living. As readers, we start to question the purpose of the clones’ life. It is their role to keep “real” people alive, but does their role stop there? It is clear to see how the characters struggle upon finding their own identity and the meaning of their lives throughout the book, in the way in which they attempt to create art and keep a collection box, which they use to distinguish themselves from their classmates. As the novel progresses, it is evident that this search for identity ultimately leads the characters to spending more time searching upon the meaning of their lives rather than actually living their lives. We would like to see Ruth work in an office, Kathy and Tommy doing something they like and build up a true life. Unfortunately, the characters ¬–like the beached boat– cannot serve their “true” purpose. Just like we would expect a boat to sail the sea, we would expect the characters to live their life.
The last part of the passage involves a dialogue that shows both Ruth’s fear of completing and the theme of complacency in the book. Indeed, as the characters start talking about Chrissie completing on her first donation, Kathy mentions that Rodney is “okay”, and that “he thought Chrissie wouldn’t have minded too much” completing on her