Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let Me Go Theme of Dreams, Hopes, and Plans
Dreams can be dangerous. In Never Let Me Go, Kathy and her friends have shorter life spans than regular humans, so they have less time to accomplish their goals. Plus, their futures have already been planned out: they are all going to become carers, then donors, then complete. Yep, plenty depressing, to be sure. This doesn't leave much wiggle room to pursue dream jobs or go off on fantasy adventures. But all the same, no one can stop Kathy and her friends from having goals. They can daydream all they want. And if they plan it out right, they might be able to accomplish some of these dreams despite their gruesome fate.
Questions About Dreams, Hopes, and Plans
- When Kathy thinks about the future, what does she dream about? What are her hopes and goals?
- Why does Ruth dream about working in an office? What about working in an office sounds so enticing?
- Are there any characters in the novel that don't have hopes and dreams? If so, who? And why do you think they don't?