Analysis Of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go

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In the beginning of the novel Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro the reader may assume that the students at Hailsham are average humans. But throughout the novel it becomes apparent that the students’ situation is abnormal. Later on, it is revealed that the students are clones. The reader initially assumes that the students at Hailsham are human because of their determination to find their identity. In Never Let Me Go Ishiguro conveys that striving for identity is what makes one human. One way Ishiguro demonstrates that striving for identity is what makes one human is the value of artwork to the students. Throughout the novel the students primarily focus on their arts because art is important at Hailsham. For a student to be praised by a …show more content…

The students searched for their possibles to help identify themselves, which is another human characteristic. Kathy also looked for her own possible, “In fact, I hardly saw the contorted bodies, because I was focusing on the faces.” (Ishiguro 134). Kathy believed she would find her possible in a sex magazine because Ruth had told her her sexual urges were not normal, therefore she believed she had to come from a prostitute. The students had the same human instinct to want to discover where they came from. Not only does Ishiguro use the student’s artwork, and their determination to find their possibles, but Ishiguro also uses their collections to prove that their need to have an identity makes them human. In the novel Kathy recalls talking to Ruth about their collections, “I’d been telling her how I still had most of my old Hailsham collection box safely stowed inside my pine chest in my bedsit.” (Ishiguro 130). Kathy had kept her collection thirty years later because it helped her identify herself, it showed where she grew up and what she accomplished. When talking to Ruth it is clear Ruth regrets throwing her collection away and she wishes she had kept it like Kathy. In Never Let Me Go, the students share the common feeling of needing to know where they come from. Although they do not blatantly state that they want to know who they were created from it can be inferred throughout the

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