Never Let Me Go, By Kazuo Ishiguro, And Who Am I This Time? Essay

1098 Words Aug 29th, 2016 5 Pages
The novel, Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro, and the short stories, “Harrison Bergeron,” and “Who Am I This Time?” by Kurt Vonnegut, all inquire about the topic of individuality. Throughout each story, both authors refer to this subject through character experiences. In all three pieces of literature, the characters comprehension of their own individuality is an important topic that is expressed. In Never Let Me Go, Kathy’s flashbacks show the journey of Ruth, Tommy, and herself growing up as clones, who begin to obtain insight into the reality of their dark future. The concept of individuality is first shown by Kathy, who learns to move on from her younger life to focus on the future for herself. For example, in the novel, Kathy decides to leave the cottages to begin training to become a carer. After making her decision, Kathy says, “I was suddenly looking at everything- the cottages, everybody there- in a different light. I was now one of the ones leaving” (Ishiguro 203). Kathy’s decision to leave the cottages verifies that she is ready to move on from her youth, and embark on a different path in her life. Next, the second example of Kathy’s individuality is shown through her last thought at the end of the book. For instance, she begins to envision that in front of her is everything she lost throughout her life. Instead of reliving her memories, Kathy decides to walk away from her daydream. Kathy says, “The fantasy never got beyond that- I didn’t let it” (Ishiguro 288).…

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