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never let me go
Transcript of never let me go
They say do this and I do it
They say gather and I gather
They say sow and I sow
For I am but a common slave and
They a cruel and capricious master
Who cares nothing if I live or die
For my daughters are like sheep and goats
And my sons like camels and oxen
All my children in the fields
Are bent by this burden
And bear the rod of the taskmaster
And at night by the fires
Amid the smoke from the smoldering pots
I pray to the Lord who is my freedom
And my deliverance
Whose reach is greater than the Nile
And whose bounty flows more freely Never Let Me Go.. By: Billy Lee A- Non fiction Text A Movie text Visual text Coloured people The coloured people in 1950s ~ 1980s are an perfect example of restriction freedom in a society. During the 1950s ~ 1980s, there were racial discriminations between the coloured people, and white people. During the period, the coloured people had restricted access to what white people could have. The coloured people were considered different from the white people. During the period, their basic fundamental freedom such as freedom to speech, and freedom to want were gone. They had to give up their seats to the whites in bus, and they couldn’t act, or do something they wanted. The coloured people had almost no voice in the country, and no one cared about them. Coloured people could not achieve their dreams, and they always had restricted freedom. Coloured people lived in coloured people villages, coloured people were not allowed to attend school with white people, and they were not allowed to drink water from the same tabs. In the novel, Kathy, and the other clones are considered like the coloured people in 1950~ ~ 80s. The clones have limited amout of freedom. Kathy, and her friends are kept separate from the humans, and are discriminated like the coloured people. They cannot achieve what they want, they do not have voices in anywhere, and they are always ignored and despised. “Didn’t we all dream from time to time about one guardian or other bending the rules and doing something special for us? A spontaneous hug, a secret letter, a gift?(Ishiguro, 60)", Through the comparison with the coloured people in 1950s ~ 1980s, the social injustice of dystopian society where people have lost their freedoms can be seen. The Theme-
Restriction of freedom:
The life without freedom In his novel “Never let me go”, Kazuo Ishiguro depicts a dystopian society, where clones do not have equal rights as human beings. The freedom's of clones are taken away and restricted. Through the perspective of the clones, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy, Ishiguro presents social injustice of the community. In the novel, the clones do not have basic fundamental rights and lack free will such as love, family, etc. In the community, clones are bred for their organs to be donated when they reach adulthood. The clones are basically considered as a disposable tool that can be thrown away after being used, and the clones are unable to change their fate as organ donors. Through the novel, Ishiguro presents despondency of the clones, and miserable parts of their live. Also Ishiguro constantly mentions the differences between the lives of the clones, and the lives of the humans, in order to accentuate and clearly display the what a life of clones are like. Poetry I chose a poem called “A Slaves Life” as a reflection of my theme: Restriction of freedom: the life without freedom, because it really reflects the social injustices presented in the life of the clones in “Never let me go”. In the poem, the speaker seems to have gone through the experiences of life without freedom. Through the poem lines such as “Who cares nothing if I live or die. For my daughters are like sheep and goats. (Tanoury 7-9)” really underscores the way that the slaves are treated, and how they are considered as a disposable tool. The line “They say go and I go, They say do this and I do it, They say gather and I gather, They say sow and I sow , For I am but a common slave and They a cruel and capricious master. (Tanoury 1-6)“ shows how the slaves have lost control of themselves, and live according to their masters. The clones in “Never let me go”, lives a life similar to what is presented in the poem. “Why did we do all of that work in the first place? Why train us, encourage us, make us produce all of that? If we’re just going to give donations anyway, then die, why all those lessons? Why all those books and discussions? (Ishiguro, 259)”. Like slaves are compared to “sheep and goats”, the clones are as well are considered as “sheeps and goats” that can be thrown away after being used. Through the reflection of the social injustices of life without freedom, and life with restrictions. is provided Real life reference Restriction of freedom: life without freedom I approached the theme: the social injustice which freedoms of people are taken away, through the perspective of Kazuo Ishiguro through his novel. Through his perspective, the life of clones, and their miserable conditions were really spotlighted. Exploring through several different texts, different aspects of life without freedom could be seen. From the novel “Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglas”, miserable conditions of life without freedom could be seen, the languidness of the life without freedom was displayed in the movie 1984 by George Orwell, dejectedness, and sorrow were provided from the painting of Picasso, and lastly social injustices were provided from the poem, and coloured people in 1950s. Through the texts, I could figure and understand the theme: Restriction of freedom: life without freedom. Final statement The END!!