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Why does Lucy change her mind and What is Miss Lucy's intention in Never Let Me Go?Miss...

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rubyxblue7 | Student | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted July 29, 2011 at 12:20 AM via web

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Why does Lucy change her mind and What is Miss Lucy's intention in Never Let Me Go?

Miss Lucy told Tommy that it was okay for him to not be as creative as his peers However, afterwards, she apologizes for giving him the wrong advice, and then says, “Your art, it is important. And not just because it’s evidence. But for your own sake. You'll get a lot from it, just for yourself." Why does she change her mind and what is her intention?

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susan3smith | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted September 6, 2011 at 11:21 AM (Answer #1)

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In Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go, Miss Lucy is a teacher at Habersham who encourages her students to create works of art.  Spoiler alert in next sentence. She does not push Tommy at first because he is not interested, and there is still quite a bit of time before the children leave the school to prove that these clones do indeed have souls.  She knows what the fates of these children are, and she attempts unsuccessfully to save them through their art.  Their art will prove to the world that these clones are human too--that they are comprised of bodies AND souls, that they have imagination, creativity, and immortal parts. They are not items that can used and disposed of.  She wants to show that these children are worth saving, but ultimately not strong enough to accomplish her goals.


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