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Are the clones in Never Let Me go genetically unable to seek a better life? Is there a...

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wish858 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 26, 2011 at 5:04 AM via web

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Are the clones in Never Let Me go genetically unable to seek a better life? Is there a hollowness and inhumanity in these children?

Can you give me some quotes from this book to support you idea? Thank you!

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 26, 2011 at 5:27 AM (Answer #1)

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In chapter 12, the idea of a "possible" is raised and discussed as the normal person that a clone was cloned from.  Chrissie and Rodney talk about a person they think might be the "possible" for Ruth.  As Kathy explains:

"Since each of us was copied at some point from a normal person, there must be, for each of us, somewhere out there, a model getting on with his or her life."

The way that the clones discuss this "possible" and the surroundings, the open-plan office, and the very idea that someone out there was the reason for their existence suggests that they are aware of a better life and are genetically capable of seeking it, but the rules and structures that govern their surroundings prevent it from becoming a real possibility.

In chapter 18, more of the difficulties that stand between clones and a "better life" come up as the reality of donations of organs and the physical and mental limitations that come with those donations are part of the action of the chapter.  Clones become less willing to seek out anything once the reality of their purpose and their bodies becomes real, but their apathy is chosen in some ways and enforced by the structures around them, not by their genetic make-up.

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