Never Let Me Go Questions and Answers
by Kazuo Ishiguro

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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, 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."

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In Never Let Me Go, Lucy embarks on a crusade for social reform. She understands that the clone children are being treated as sets of body parts rather than as human beings, which she finds inexcusable from a human rights perspective. Lucy sets out to gather as much evidence as possible of their originality and equivalence to the originals from whom they were cloned. She believes that the children should be given correct information from the beginning, but she tends to view them collectively. Her realization that some children, such as Tommy, do not have the same artistic tendencies as others is a breakthrough. Ironically, it also marks the beginning of her admitting that the system will always reject the messages she is sending. Artistic gifts do not matter in the scheme of things; Hailsham’s approach will soon be phased out.

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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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