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'Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro' - Columbia Book Supp


strwrsfn0013 3 / 15 6  
Dec 31, 2012   #1
(the prompt is to discuss what you found meaningful about a book you read)
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro was meaningful, because of its ability to move me in a way books typically fail to do. I have always been particularly unsympathetic towards the plights of fictional characters, because of my inability to show empathy towards their problems. However, as I attempted to traverse through the novel's potent ethical questions about the concept of mortality with my typical aloofness, I could not help but find myself identifying with the protagonist, Kathy H, and her thoughts about "completion".

Kathy H is a clone created for the sole purpose of providing her organs in the event that her original human counterpart needs them to prolong her life. Consequentially, clones like Kathy H reach their untimely completion-a euphemism used for death. Although the idea may seem like a blessing, I could not help but be repulsed by the thought that a society so concerned with mortality like our own could one day make this dystopian nightmare a reality. Everyone at one point has contemplated the morbid details of our mortality, and the fear that consumes us when we do is understandable.

However, if fate were to cruelly design my existence as it did to Kathy H, I would willfully resign to its plan like she did. I would not seek a way to evade death like her friends Tommy and Ruth, because in the end everything must come to a "completion". The identification I made with her as I reached the book's conclusion is ultimately what made this so meaningful to me.

HarvardAccept - / 57 24  
Dec 31, 2012   #2
Why is this so dark? This is basically saying that you would stand by and not do anything about a corrupt society. Isn't your goal to make a change in society? Just some thoughts.
emalw202 3 / 9 1  
Dec 31, 2012   #3
Hi HarvardAccept, not to pester you but I was wondering if you could take a look at the second essay I've posted. I just want to know if I convey why it was meaningful to me rather than just summarizing it. Your comments and insight would be much appreciated.
aks1 1 / 12  
Dec 31, 2012   #4
That was literally the worst feedback I've seen in a long time.

i thought your job was to comment on their essay not my comment. btw it was a lot better than what i have been reading and i liked it so i said it, chill :)
OP strwrsfn0013 3 / 15 6  
Jan 1, 2013   #5
I see what you are saying, but the reason I found it to be so significant to me was because I finally came across a character I identified with. Should I change the tone of this essay?
aks1 1 / 12  
Jan 1, 2013   #6
i would say not and that is because i only liked yr essay because u said how its meaningful to u since the beginning of the essay and while doing that u told what the book is about.
elina855 3 / 6  
Jan 1, 2013   #8
Seriously good book choice. I agree with your essay, everyone will die one day, so evading it is foolish. It's very deep, I don't think you need much corrections.


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