Vol. 4, Issue 3 (2017)
Individual goals versus social expectation in Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Never let me go”
Author(s): V Poornima, R Vinayagadurga
Abstract: Kazuo Ishiguro’s (2005) dystopian novel “Never Let Me Go” is in 1990s Britain in a boarding school Halisham. The novel more poignant moment involve that conflict between characters individual goals and social world governing those characters. The novel’s clones make plans for their futures as though they might be allowed to live their own, fulfilling lives, even as they known, in the back of their minds, that these plans are either impossible or highly impossible. A story of love, friendship, individual goals and memory, Never Let Me Go is changed throughout with a sense of the fragility of life. Through the adult time growing up there, the reader gradually learns that Kathy and her friends have been raised as artificially generated clones, manufactured to provide body parts for normal in the world. They work in the donation system as cancer, nursing other clones through an eventually fatal cycle of transportation and recovery until they are called upon to become donors themselves. The novel discussed the depth and quality of the relationships between Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth. The beauty in this novel distinguished from its power to distress. The thesis conveyed in the novel is the goal of individual and social expectations of the present world.