Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let Me Go Theme of Art and Culture
In Never Let Me Go, the equation goes like this: being creative = being human. You can't have one without the other. It might sound harsh, but not everyone believes that clones like Kathy count as "human." So Miss Emily and Madame use art to prove that Hailsham students have souls just like the rest of us. This means that it's super important for the students at Hailsham to produce good artwork. Even though they don't know it, their status as "human" is at stake with each poem they write and painting they create. Sheesh, talk about pressure.
Questions About Art and Culture
- Does the novel represent different forms of art (like poetry, drawing, painting, sculpture) as equally valuable? What makes them valuable?
- What enables Tommy to be creative later in his life when he struggled so much at Hailsham? And how does his art change over time?
- Why is so much of the students' artwork centered on animals?