Monday, 17 December 2012

Never Let Me Go

After subsequent readings of Kazuo Ishiguro’s, Never Let Me Go, (2005) I find the novel to be extremely bleak in its view of humanity. It’s a disturbing novel. Especially at the end, with Kathy’s metaphor of the rubbish wasting away. For example when she says, “I was thinking about the rubbish, the flapping plastic in the branches, the shore-line of old stuff caught along the fencing.” (282) which suggests that she is literally the old plastic bag, being used as a body to hold its contents, merely being a vessel for genes, being used as an instrument for the use of someone else. What is more shocking, however, is the form of surveillance that runs throughout the novel. The surveillance of the students (clones) and their art. The surveillance is shown through the value and importance placed on art by the figures of authority, the Guardians.  The revelation at the end of the novel, of the real reason for the production of the art is cruel, as throughout the novel, the students where given a false sense of hope, of being told and not told, and they put their hopes into the dream of having a normal life, or into the rumour of deferring for true love,  which would never come true. The real reason for the art, was used to determine whether the students have souls and are actually human. This raises questions of scientific and anthropocentric concern of their personal identifies. Miss Emily states, “We took away your art because we thought it would reveal your souls. Or to put 9t more finely, we did it to prove you had souls at all.” (255) This therefore questions the clones and thier sanctity of life and if they have equal rights and liberties to life as every other human being. Ishiguro thus creates a satirical self-reflection of the world. For example, when the delivery men say, “sweetheart” (41) it is ironical as it makes the reader self-criticize themselves, making them look inside themselves and observe.

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