Life in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go


With the announcement of the sheep clone Dolly as the breakthrough in the biotechnology in news media around the turn of the twenty-first century, the rising issue of human clones in its development and the controversially bioethical issues ensued, Kazuo Ishiguro in Never Let Me Go (2005) focuses his attention, in the area of cell therapy, on how human clones, since produced, lead their model lives and face their deaths, in order that his readers may better understand the meanings of life and death, and that they may stay in a far closer relationship with their family and friends than ever. In this essay, I examine, in two worlds, the normals�� and the clones��, paralleling each other, the true meanings of being human and their lives through the perspective of Jacques Derrida��s deconstruction; and I argue that Ishiguro misspeaks to his readers the true meanings of life and death especially through the clones�� lens and brings them to his readers�� hearts further realistically. In Derrida��s nature-culture structurality of the clones, it is that Kathy comes as center into which the other clones come as freeplay and that normals come as center into which clones come as freeplay, under the structurality of power where Emily��s ruling comes as center into which the clones�� culture comes as freeplay, by the structurality of authorship where the author comes as center into which the novel comes as freeplay.

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Yu-min Huang, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan

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Conference: ACERP2015
Stream: Ethics - Medical Ethics

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