Never Let Me Go, Frankenstein and Humanity
Currently in today’s society, there is the impending topic of what it means to be human. Throughout the course of literature there have been many great works that explore a topic that has been taboo for decades. Two works of literature really explore and enlighten readers of what humanity means to others would have to be Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Both of these books create a controversy and make the reader truly think about what is morally right to them about humanity. Several parallels can be discussed when comparing the two works but I would like to focus on the three main parallels that spoke out to me. These comparisons include how the clones and the monster are treated as social outcasts, the mimicking of society in order to function, and the manipulation of creation.
During the two novels, the monster and the clones can be viewed as very similar in retrospect. They become social outcasts, pushed away from society and were ultimately unaccepted by normal human beings. The monster is not welcome in the village and the novel states,"The village was roused; some fled, some attacked me..." (pg.74). The townsfolk treat the monster with fear and hostility whenever they are in close contact, which is similar to how the clones are treated by their teachers and the outside world. Tommy and Kathy confront Miss Emily and she tells them: "We're all afraid of you. I myself had to fight back my dread of you almost every day I was at Hailsham". The clones were able to interact more with the rest of society because their appearance did not hinder them as it did the monster. Even with appearance aside, both were feared and became social outcasts trying to fend for themselves. Both the monster and the clones were man-made, and then learned how to function in society through imitation. The clones were brought to Hailsham to learn how society functions, what they are forbidden to do such...
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