Never Let Me Go Questions and Answers
What is Keffers’s attitude toward the students in Never Let Me Go? Why do you think he acts this way?
In chapter 7 of Never Let Me Go, Miss Lucy says, "It's just as well the fences at Hailsham aren't electrified. You get terrible accidents sometimes." What does she mean by this?
Why do Miss Emily and Madam want to to convince the public that the clones had souls in Never Let Me Go?
How are the cottages a symbolically appropriate setting for the story? (Think of their original use.)
In the novel Never Let Me Go, do the guardians feel any sympathy for the children? How is lying to someone protecting them?
What different ways do the clones have of dealing with fourth donation? What do you think would be the best way to deal with it? What deep fear do they typically have?
In Never Let Me Go, how does Hailsham as an institution suppress the natural desires and identity of children?
What is the effect of using unreliable narration in Never Let Me Go? What are other important narrative devices?
Never Let Me Go has been described as a story about lies and deceit. To what extent do you agree with this view? How does Ishiguro present lies and deceit? How does Ishiguro use lies and deceit to explore some of his ideas about people?
In the novel Never Let Me Go, why do the students and Hailsham's administrators attach such high value to creativity?
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, afterward, 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."
Specific evidence and analysis that proves how the children at Hailsham feel betrayed because the upbringings makes them feel valuable and promises them a sense of control when, in reality, they are valuable only as donors and have no control over their fates.
What kind of moral and emotional responses does the novel "Never Let Me Go" provoke? Does the novel examine the possibility of human cloning as a legitimate question for medical ethics, or does it demonstrate that the human costs of cloning are morally repellent, and therefore impossible for science to pursue? What kind of moral and emotional responses does the novel provoke?
In Never Let Me Go, how might Ruth's social behavior at Hailsham and later at the cottages be explained? Why is she so eager to seek her "possible"?
What is Ishiguro trying to say about our society in the Chapter 22 discussion about the Morningdale Scandal?
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.
How is Kathy's interpretation of the moment when Madame watches her dancing to a Judy Bridgewater song different from Madame's interpretation?
How does Kazuo Ishiguro use the character Tommy to explore ideas about being an outsider in the novel Never Let Me Go?
In Never Let Me Go, why don't the "donors" in the story just escape? Why don't they just refuse to sacrifice themselves by giving away their organs?
Why is there so much animal imagery and imaginary animal drawings in Never Let Me Go? What does it signify?
What are some examples of Kathy's personality from Childhood and personality during Adulthood in Never Let Me Go that show that she has changed throughout the story?
In the novel Never Let Me Go by Fazuo Ishiguro, Kathy tells readers, "How you were regarded at Hailsham, how much you were liked and respected, had to do with how good you were at ‘creating'" (p. 16). What were the goals of Hailsham’s administrators in placing such an importance on creativity?
What are some motifs and examples of symbolism in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?
In the film, Never Let Me Go, what is the purpose of colour? Is there any significance to the way each new section fades in with a different colour?
What ideas are developed by Ishiguro in Never Let Me Go about the ways that individuals take responsibility for themselves or others?
In Never Let Me Go, what is the significance of going to Madame's house in order to get a deferment?
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