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Compare Two Novels.

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Both ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro and ‘My Sisters Keeper’ by Jodi Picoult explore issues that are widely discussed but rarely put into practice. For example the most famously known cloned experiment is Dolly the sheep which was in 1996 and there have been very few cases where a family have decided to create another child for the use of medical reasons, the first case of this in the UK was in 2002. Both novels focus on people or one person who have been created for the use of other people. Both of the novels are coming of age stories, in which the main characters question their identity as they grow into young adults. Anna was created for a bone marrow donor for her sister. As a young child Anna has had no control over the purpose her life, until she reaches thirteen and she starts to become aware that she is could change the situation and so finds a lawyer, and asks him for help. In Chapter One she says ‘I was born for a specific purpose. I was born because a scientist managed to hook up my mother’s eggs and my father’s sperm to create a specific combination of precious genetic material.’ In ‘Never Let Me Go’ Kathy along with many others is a clone that was created as an organ donor for the use of other people or ‘originals’ as they are referred to in the novel. Kathy struggles to understand her true place in the world. Like Anna, Kathy also questioned her identity and has been confused and frustrated about who she really is. There are several points throughout the novel where Kathy looks through magazines to try and find her original. She continues to question her past and her childhood and as she explores her history, readers are able to have a clear understanding of who Kathy is and why she has found it difficult to discover an identity. The Authors explore the moral question of how scientific and medical advances are able to benefit other people. This a present day issue which may challenge the readers views on alternative solutions to medical issues...

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