Euphemism In Never Let Me Go

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Never let me go, a movie directed by Mark Romanek, was based on a book of the same name written by Kazuo Ishiguro. It is set in an alternate reality where a breakthrough in medicine made not only human clones possible, but clones specifically designed for organ donation. The story follows the growth of Kathy H., a clone, from her childhood in the boarding school, Hailsham, to The Cottages, and through her career as a carer. It is revealed throughout the movie that the future of all clones is grim and inevitable, giving away all their organs until they go through “completion” at a young age, which viewer eventually learns is a euphemism for death. The movie is filled with many of these euphemisms, shrouded in ambiguity and symbolism revolving…show more content…
Even at a young age, they were discouraged from escaping Hailsham with the threats of death beyond its walls. The fear of rebelling has been innate to them, that they themselves begin to believe that they are less than human despite having emotions, relationships, They have aspirations, vices, and regrets. Their actions ceased to become voluntary the moment their fates were instilled in them. The sole purpose of the clones is for them to be mutilated until all functional integrity is lost. It meets the three conditions of mutilation: to preserve life, to restore health, and to be the last resort, albeit not for the clones. They saved the lives of those who took theirs away, like the livestock we feed today. And yet, during Ruth’s final scene, they did not even close her eyes, react when her heart slowly gave out, or treat her with any ounce of respect. Because that’s what society does–they lie and misconstrue to justify their actions. It is revealed that all clones are sterile, whether it is intentional or not, neither the movie or the book touches upon. This creates a peculiar situation for morality because it removes the stigma of promiscuity with the clones and dismisses the essential purpose of sex itself,
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