Souls

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As soon as you were created your destiny is already set for you. No choice in what you want to do; you are a slave to the world. In Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go clones are created to serve the human society. Miss Lucy says, “Your lives are set for you. You’ll become adults…before you’re even middle aged, you’ll start donating your vital organs” (Ishiguro 81). The clones are destined to be donors for the rest of their living lives. The question is do clones have souls? Many people have their view on the soul. They say that they don’t have souls or that they are born with it. Others say that our soul grows with them. Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go parallels Plato's Allegory of the Cave from an Aristotlean perspective where the soul's essence precedes existence.

In Plato’s “Allegory and the Cave” men have been staring at a wall for their entire lives. These men are like the student’s from Hailsham. The students are like the cavemen because they were told one thing there whole life and only wanted to believe that. Their life is set for them as soon as they were born. They are an experiment. The clones didn’t demand to be free, they were accustomed to hearing they were donors and wanted nothing else. Just like the men in the cave they lived there, their whole lives; believed what was told to them and when they finally saw the outer world they didn’t believe it. The mind is more real than the body. This here is platonic idealism; the intellectual world is more real than the visible world. Platonic idealism is put into the novel Never Let Me Go. The founders of Hailsham were trying to find out if the students had a mind of their own. If they had a soul like normal humans or were they just heartless clones that knew nothing?

Jean Paul Sartre believed in existence proceeds essence. What this means is what you do is all up to your freewill. Your destiny is created by what you do in life. Miss Emily says, “That it might look as though...
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