Category Archives: Never Let Me Go

K.I.S.S. Keep it Simple and Stupid

K I S S What makes the World of Warcraft so addictive and alluring is a mysterious inquiry. It is simple, stupid (when compared to competing mmorpg’s content), and surprisingly intrinsic to something in all of us. WoW This media presentation explores the archetypes of racial and genetic cynicism, identity, and immersion into an alternate […] Continue reading

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What is the Meaning of Life ¿

Until the prophesies of “X-men” come to fruition and humanity undergoes an official onset evolution, the meaning of life is very simple. How different are we from the characters in Never Let Me Go?  As far as production and purpose are concerned, the average person’s impact upon the world, whether it be their destruction of the […] Continue reading

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Ownership as a Function of Inheritance

Despite a recurring theme of ownership in recent readings, how is it that we’ve never discussed inheritance in this context?  One’s inheritance (or lack thereof) explicably translates to the quality and degree to which characters in The Behavior of Hawkweeds, Soroche, and Never Let Me Go exhibit ownership of the tangible and intangible aspects of […] Continue reading

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Reality of a Memory

In Never Let Me Go many of their possessions, including their body parts, are taken from them. However in class we emphasized society cannot take away their memories. But in The Island they don’t even have their own memories to keep. What they think are memories are just recycled thoughts assigned to each generation. But […] Continue reading

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Ignorance is bliss

While watching the Island and I couldn’t help but think, “wow, they all seem so happy.”  The characters just had one job, which was to be able to harvest their organs in the weekly lottery when the time came.  If we all had only one concern, one thing to think about and not need to […] Continue reading

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The Inevitable God-Complex

Michael Bay’s 2005 film The Island had several scenes straight out of the action movie handbook. While watching the movie, I looked away for 30 second of a chase scene and looked back to find the protagonists perched on letters on a skyscraper. Tried and true hooks like this surely helped the film pull in […] Continue reading

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Is Human Cloning Inevitable?

Kazuo Ishiguro’s alternate universe in Never Let me Go leaves us with an alarmingly depressing view of the future of human cloning. But is this an alternate reality or simply a forward looking prediction of disturbing medical practices to come? Recent scientific breakthroughs, like those made at the Oregon Health and Science University (More on […] Continue reading

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Science Fiction vs. Literary Fiction

So obviously there are a slew of marketing reasons for which works of literature are stratified into genres. Yes, I admit that it helps for when I enter a bookstore, I am able to easily distinguish the poetry from the fiction, the nonfiction from the history, but there are drawbacks to it too. I’ve always […] Continue reading

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So what exactly is a soul? And could human clones have them?

WARNING: SPOILER ALERT AHEAD for Never Let Me Go. In the great debate now practically obligatory in any dystopian fiction (although it’s really more like a chapter-long monologue in Never Let Me Go) Miss Emily explains to Katy and Tommy that Madame collected art from Hailsham in an attempt to prove that the clones have […] Continue reading

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What’s in a Name, anyway?

UNSCHEDULED  – BUT FEEL FREE TO COMMENT What’s so distressing about someone saying your name wrong? Is there something more to it than a lack of familiarity? Is it disrespect? Is it passive-aggressive hostility? There’s something sacrosanct about a name. It’s the first gift we’re given as children, and like many unasked-for gifts, it can be […] Continue reading

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