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In what sense have humans become "monstrous" in Never Let Me Go ?

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ashbash123 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 22, 2012 at 5:57 PM via web

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In what sense have humans become "monstrous" in Never Let Me Go ?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM (Answer #1)

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I think that the social setting in which the clones find themselves might resemble a condition in which human beings have become "monstrous."  Ethical issues of cloning put aside, I think that the reliance and overreliance on the clones to solve medical challenges is where the human monstrous element resides.  It seems that the society in which the clones find themselves have given up on finding another medical science path that could alleviate the reliance on the clones.  It is almost as if society has become comfortable with a group of people whose mission is to be "completed."  This is monstrous on the level that normative society can push another group of individuals into the "shadows" and away from public outrage.  Another level of monstrosity is in how the newer generation of clones endures harsher treatment than previous generations.  In the final analysis, anytime power is exerted in such a manner in which silent resignation to one's fate is the only option, there is a level of monstrous behavior evident.  It is here where Ishiguro's social construction raises some real and vital questions about the nature of human behavior as monstrous and one in which questions have to be asked.

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