How does the title of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro apply to specific characters in it? For two female characters in the novel, this phrase means different things. Identify these characters and...

How does the title of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro apply to specific characters in it? For two female characters in the novel, this phrase means different things. Identify these characters and explain what “never let me go” means to each of them.

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In the novel, the two main female characters are Kathy and Ruth. For both characters, the phrase "never let me go" means different things.

For Kathy (especially in her adult years), the phrase is a reminder of her inherent humanity. We discover that Kathy took a liking to the song "Never Let Me Go" when she was still a child. At that young age, Kathy mistakenly believed that the song was about a woman who eventually managed to fulfill her dream of having a baby. She relates that Madame sobbed when the latter spied her singing to the song and rocking a pillow as if it was a baby. Years later, Kathy learns that clones will never marry and never have children. Yet the song reminds her that being a clone does not detract from her humanity. As a clone, Kathy still nourishes very human hopes in her heart. She is capable of falling in love (as is evidenced by her feelings for Tommy), and she is capable of forming meaningful relationships with others.

The song also reminds Kathy of Ruth, a fellow clone from Hailsham. Although both women...

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