In they don’t know their place in the

In the novel Never Let Me go, Kazuo Ishiguro expressed the idea of everyone has an identity of their own even if they don’t know their place in the world. This is shown through the symbol of exchanges and sales. The students of Hailsham are curious about their place in the world and who they really are. These are difficult questions to answer considering they are merely clones, therefore part of their identity will always remain a mystery. However one’s identity is not all about where they come from, it is also about one’s personality, preferences, and hobbies. At Hailsham, each student has a collection of their own. The items in these collections come from sales or exchanges, where they can purchase things that they like, “But the point was, I suppose, we’d all of us in the past found something at a Sale, something that had become special” (41). The collections each of the students has are precious to them, “They were our only means” (16). The students may use the items they acquired to decorate their personal space. Therefore the collections each student has can represent their individuality and their preferences. The Artworks that the students produce help them to promote their own unique identities. It is believed that the artwork they produce is a window to their soul. One of the students is recognised for her artistic skills, and her artworks are always huge at the exchanges, this creates an unique identity for them. Another student was known for her poetry, “Chrissy had this great reputation for poetry, and we all looked up to her for it” (18). Chrissy was able to create an respected identity for herself by creating poems.    Power of Friendship The novel also expresses the idea of friendships can overcome hardships. It is shown through the characters of Kathy and Ruth. A large amount of flashbacks are used throughout the novel, and these flashbacks are Kathy reminiscing about her time spent with Tommy and Ruth at Hailsham or at the cottages. After a few years of being a carer, Kathy has the option of picking donors she wants to take care of and she searches for those that had once gone to Hailsham. Luckily, she found Ruth, “She already had a carer assigned to her at the time, and I remember it taking a bit of nerve on my part. But in the end I managed it” (4). Kathy and Ruth often had quarrels and being mad at the other person. The reason for Kathy starting her career as a carer earlier than expected was because of her relationship with Ruth, they were not on good terms with each other, “The instant I saw her again at that recovery centre in Dover, all our differences – while they didn’t exactly vanish – seemed not nearly as important as all the other things: like the fact that we’d grown up together at Hailsham, the fact that we knew and remembered things no one else did” (4). However, she let the past to be in the past and has learned that their friendship is worth more than the unhappy times. She has realized that they are each other’s family, after having spent nearly all of their life together. At the time of their reunion, Ruth has completed her second donation and is much weaker than before. It’s not long after that Ruth has completed, “But just once, as she was twisting herself in a way that seemed scarily unnatural, and I was on the verge of calling the nurses for more painkillers, just for a few seconds, no more, she looked straight at me and she knew exactly who I was. It was one of those little islands of lucidity donors sometimes get to in the midst of their ghastly battles, and she looked at me, just for that moment, and although she didn’t speak, I knew what her look meant. (236)Even after years of not seeing each other, the bond between them still remain. They were able to understand each other without an exchange of words.

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