Never Let Me Go Ch 13-18

January 11, 2012

Chapters 13-18 of Never Let Me Go revolve around Ruth finding her “possible.” “Possibles” are people who look similar enough to a “special” person that they could potentially be who they were cloned from.
Earlier in the novel we learned that the reason the students from Hailsham, as well as other schools, were cloned in order to be harvested for their organs later on in life. The idea of being born into the life of an organ donor completely unnerves me, but I’ll come back to that later.
Chrisse and Rodney, two of the veterans, informed Ruth of her possible after they had taken a trip to Norfolk. Excited about being able to meet her potential clone, Ruth arranges to take a day trip to Norfolk with Chrissie, Rodney, Kathy, and Rodney.
What I find most interesting about this section isn’t so much that Ruth is a clone, but rather one of the main aspects that droves Ruth to believe that the random woman Chrissie and Rodney saw could truly be her possible. This random woman was an office worker. To work, especially in a uniform yet lovely street office was Ruth’s dream. It’s depressing to watch Ruth yearn for this lifestyle, and at times convince herself that it is attainable.
Each of the teens at the Cottages only have one destiny, and that is to die after donating their organs. None of them are given a chance or an opportunity at a normal life.
We grow up dreaming of what job we wish to have, who we will marry, and how many children we will have, but none of those dreams are an option for the characters of Never Let Me Go. I could not imagine going through life knowing that I’d die at such a young age after donating my organs, and that I never had a say in my fate.
Also, earlier in the book Kathy tells the reader of how her and her friends at Hailsham believe that Norfolk is where everything that is lost winds up. This is interesting to me now that they have visited Norfolk together because they themselves seem to be lost. Their souls are wandering, and until they begin to deeply question their life’s purpose, they will remain lost.


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