Please answer this question on Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro:  The teacher Lucy Wainright wanted to make the children more aware of the future that awaited them. Miss Emily believed that by hiding the truth, “We were able to give you something, something which even now no one will ever take from you, and we were able to do that principally by sheltering you . . . . Sometimes that meant we kept things from you, lied to you . . . . But . . . we gave you your childhoods.” In the context of the story as a whole, is this a valid argument?

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The issue that the adults and the children confronted in different ways was when and how the clone children would be prepared for their ultimate purpose. It can be argued that the point at which a clone learned of their identity and purpose would be the point when their childhood ended. It can also be argued that for parents and other adult caregivers, the process of raising children always involves lying to them about crucial existential matters, including the nature of mortality. From Lucy’s perspective, education and honesty were more important in the children’s formation. To Emily, providing some degree of innocence would shield the children for as long as possible. However, both women deluded themselves into believing that these actions would ultimately make a difference. More than helping the children, each was assuaging her own guilty conscience over being complicit in guiding them toward the ultimate fate.

Miss Emily wants to protect the innocence of the children, who are...

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