Never Let Me Go Reader Response

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Never Let Me Go I found the first portion of the novel, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro to be really interesting and thought provoking. From the novel, I noticed various themes coming up but the one I found the most interesting is the theme of dreams and hope. Even though, all the characters in the novel have much less time than everybody else most of them never seem to give up hope and still plan for the future. I found it interesting that many of them had dreams and plans about the future even though they knew they would just end up being carers and then donors. Throughout their time in Hailsham and in the cottages, you can see that many of them dream about the future just as anybody else their age would. I think the first real mention of their dreams and plans is when Miss Lucy talks to them about their future. She says “if you’re going to have decent lives, then you’ve go to know and know properly. None of you will go to America, none of you will be film stars. And none of you will be working in supermarkets as I heard some of planning the other day. Your lives are set out for you” (81). She wants her students to know the truth and she seems to want to stop them from having dreams for the future because she knows they won’t come true. However, even after she said that it didn’t really seem to affect any of the students and their talk of the future. Kathy had said that “there was surprisingly little discussion about what she’d said” (82). Most of the students had seemed to avoid what Miss Lucy had told them. I think this may have been because they already knew in a way but didn’t want to accept it. Even when they went to the cottages they talked about their hopes for the future. For example, Kathy states “just for those few months, we somehow managed to live in this cosy state of suspension in which we could ponder our lives without the usual boundaries”

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