Never Let Me Go Questions and Answers
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In the novel Never Let Me Go, do the guardians feel any sympathy for the children? How is lying to someone protecting them?

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The guardians in Never Let Me Go are not all the same and have different attitudes to the clones in their care. Miss Lucy is obviously the most sympathetic of them and her sympathy leads her to be honest and tell her charges that their organs will be harvested and they will die young. She is dismissed for this honesty and the clones do nothing to help her, a fate which may well discourage others who might have been considering a similar course.

Adults frequently lie to children to protect them, but the relationship between the guardians and the clones at Hailsham is not precisely that of teachers and students. The clones are there for the benefit of society, and while the more humane guardians may want to do the best they can for them within the constraints of this dystopian society, they are ultimately there to die so that others can live. This means that the guardians are actually more like farmers looking after animals that will one day be killed.

There are brutal farmers who abuse...

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