Dystopian Society in Never Let Me Go

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What if we found a cure for cancer? Diabetes? Even death? What would we willing to sacrifice for these medical miracles? Modern medicine has recently come made advances in the area of human cloning. Being able to successfully clone humans would solve many of our current medical problems and increase our life expectancy exponentially. Medically clones would be a solution to almost every problem we currently face. Morally however, the use of clones as medical supplies poses it’s own difficulties. Kazou Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go explores the ethical boundaries of creating an entire race of humans who’s only purpose it to supply organs. Beneath its straightforward plot line Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go is an understated dystopia. The simplicity of the plot allows these themes to shine through with concise subtlety.  The society in this novel is dystopian. This is illustrated by the deception of the students into thinking they live in a paradise because of isolation. Never Let Me Go is narrated in the first person by Kathy H, a thirty one year old who is in her last year as a carer. The story is told through her memories at Hailsham, the cottages, and then her career as a carer. Hailsham is a school for clone children who are brought up in order to donate vital organs in their adulthood. Hailsham is a special school; the children live in an idyllic building in the English countryside where they live as normal children would. Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it. Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it's only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would)...
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