Empathy in Kazuo Ishiguro ́s “Never Let Me Go”

Empathy in Kazuo Ishiguro ́s “Never Let Me Go”

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The aim of this essay is to examine the role of empathy in Kazuo Ishiguro Is a€œNever Let Me Goa€ with special regard to the a€œteachinga€ of empathy at the boarding school of Hailsham. The essay will examine the role of the educational system in a€œNever Let Me Goa€ in order to characterize forms of teaching, education and upbringing that lead to the typical characteristics of the clones. Before dealing with the importance of the educational system for preserving public order in the dystopian world, general functions and modes of empathy in fictional writing will be discussed in an introductory part. In a conclusive part it will be argued that Kazuo Ishiguro uses a narrative style that persuades the reader to a€œfeel witha€ the protagonists. By doing so the reader is led to judge the society of the dystopian world to be cruel and undesirable.The dystopian science fiction novel a€œNever Let Me Goa€œ by the Japanese-born author Kazuo Ishiguro is set in a counterfactual England at the end of the twentieth century. The novel was first published in 2005 and subsequently shortlisted foranbsp;...

Title:Empathy in Kazuo Ishiguro ́s “Never Let Me Go”
Author: Malte Harms
Publisher:GRIN Verlag - 2015-09-23

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