Essay on The Never Let Me Go, By Kazuo Ishiguro

1137 Words Aug 29th, 2016 5 Pages
The concept of being a human with individual characteristics is a theme frequently found in both Never Let Me Go, a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, and the short stories Harrison Bergeron and Who Am I This Time, written by Kurt Vonnegut. Although both take place in a future reality or incorporate futuristic technologies, the characters in the works still exhibit traits that make them human. These characteristics, which the characters were granted upon their inception, heavily influence their decisions throughout their lives and define them as individuals.
This concept of individuality is prominently displayed through two of the main characters in the short story Who Am I This Time. The story revolves around Harry, an actor in a local production of A Streetcar Named Desire, who is described as an extraordinary actor that “never could think of anything to say or do without a script”. Helene, a telephone machine operator that decides to try her hand at acting, becomes enamored by the character that Harry is performing and falls in love, something she has never experienced before, which is supported by her answer, “No-but I want to be” when asked if she has ever been in love other than when watching a film. Nonetheless, she later discerns that Harry is nothing without a play script, so she devises a plan that results in the marriage of her and Harry based on constant play performances. This short story is able to convey the notion of individuality to the reader by highlighting the…

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