There’s a richness of complexity to Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go that one can only speculate about. The reader was presented specifically with the case of Miss Lucy and her turmoil concerning her duties as a guardian, but one must wonder how did the other guardians feel? What of the gentle Miss Geraldine whom Ruth and Cathy faithfully “guarded”? These guardians were only human, and though prohibited from it, many of them undoubtedly came to care for these children that they would send to the slaughter. Did they feel sick and guilty when someone they knew received an organ, because they know where that organ came from? They didn’t just know that there was a human behind the organ; they knew the possibility of a face, a voice, a laugh, a child. Perhaps they simply put their loved ones foremost, but on the same note, that is much easier to do with a clear conscience when ignorant. Suppose they cared just as much for the person who gave his or her life as the person who received it. People in this alternate universe had the knowledge of how the donation program worked. But it’s a matter of living with oneself if one actually cared.
As for the students being genetically submissive, I’d like for someone to call Ruth that to her face. Yes, I’m aware that Ruth is just a character in a book.
But that’s kind of missing the point isn’t it?
– Wenting Chen