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Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

by Kazuo Ishiguro

Dreams, Hopes, and Plans Theme

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

  1. When Kathy thinks about the future, what does she dream about? What are her hopes and goals?
  2. Why does Ruth dream about working in an office? What about working in an office sounds so enticing?
  3. 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?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

It's good to have dreams. Even if they turn out to be impossible, dreams help keep Kathy and her friends going when times get rough.

Dreams only lead to delusions. Kathy and her friends need to face the facts and avoid the fantasies. They'll save themselves some disappointment.

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