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Describe how the garbage motif is used in part 2 of the story "Never Let Me Go" and...

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martinlanzas | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 17, 2011 at 9:52 AM via web

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Describe how the garbage motif is used in part 2 of the story "Never Let Me Go" and explain its significance to the meaning of a story as a whole.

The garbage motif in the story are things like the trash that the kids use to do their art, or the things that get lost in hailsham, they believe is taken to a safe place called Norfolk. I would really appreciate your help.

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abi2012 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 1, 2012 at 12:37 AM (Answer #1)

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Actually, when Ishiguro says trash, he doesn't necessarily mean physical trash. Remember what Ruth said about the woman being her possible. She said that donors are modelled after trash (the rejects of society), namely "junkies, prostitutes, winos tramps" (Ishiguro 164). This is a reflection of how Ruth feels about herself and the role of donors in their society.

Also in your question you said that the students make their art with trash. Think about what Madame says that their art represents: it is their soul and inner mind. So, basically the students are using trash to represent themselves.


I hope this helps!!

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