Identity Crisis in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go




Identity, Donations, Deferral, Completion, Exchanges, Existence


In never Let Me Go, the cloned protagonist proves unable to resist a fate that is finalize by others and 'completion' results in their inevitable death. The uniqueness of theme of organ donations provides the focus of the clone narrator's story. We might expect a showdown scheme where the clones discover their true identity. However, Ishiguro refuses to meet such expectations. Kathy H. and her friends Tommy and Ruth are consumed with questions about themselves and their place in the world. The children attain a sense of identity through their treasured collections, creativity artwork and delicate social structures. Part of their identity therefore always remains a mystery to them and this adds their confusion about who they are and what is their place in the world. No one appear exempt from the harsh reality offered by the ambiguity of human identity.


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How to Cite

Deepa, & Dr. Parul Tyagi. (2021). Identity Crisis in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. The Creative Launcher, 6(4), 193–197.



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