Critical Thinking

When the benefits of their “possible,” which are

When we were born, the only thing we had was the genes that our father and mother had inherited us. Our life cannot be determined only by the genes that have been inherited by mom and dad. The genes that we have inherited are only like a “starter pack” of our life. All of our genes are made up of 23 pairs of chromosomes and are used to build our fundamental. However, these genes that we inherited cannot fully determine who we all are fully. One ordinary little tiny seeds itself cannot grow into a big strong tree all on its own. The seed is just the beginning of everything. As time goes on, we will gradually become stronger and more powerful from our experiences. The experiences that we gained will keep us steady from all the obstacles that we face in life. Our achievements will gradually transform us into becoming who we are now. With time, we will experience many different kinds of things, people, decision-making, situation, and etc.… These things will benefit us to becoming our better selves. In this paper, we are going to analyze the character Tommy in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go unfolding what makes us who we are through time tearing off our “labels” and showing our true self.In Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, the novel starts with our narrator Kathy sitting before the end of her life looking back at her childhood as a child in Hailsham, narrating her memories to us. The novel surrounds the life of three characters: Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth, who are all clones. Their existence in life is only for the benefits of their “possible,” which are the people they are model to clone into. Their ultimate goal in life was to donate organs to their “possible.” Throughout the novel, we can unfold the true identity of these three characters. Ishiguro separated the novel into 3 different parts. Part one describing Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth’s childhood life in Hailsham, and part two describing their life where they left Hailsham arriving at a place called “cottage” waiting for training to begin as a “career”. Lastly, part three describing their “donation”, and the end of life.Even though Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth are clones, but they are more than what they are. They are not only clones. They have their own thoughts and feelings. Clones are only their labels. Often times when we define ourselves, we tend to always label ourselves with many different things. Some people might define themselves as a(n): feminists, obsessive-compulsive, successors, losers, dreamers, and etc.… The labels we use to define ourselves are actually very superficial and board. These labels that we tag ourselves to does not always truly define who we really are. Labels are still simply labels. Labels are only who we think we are. Labels do not make us who we are.In Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Tommy, the protagonist of the work, he is loyal and kind, but always suddenly lose his temper. Tommy is like-minded with Kathy.  Like, little detectives, they pay attention to guardians’ words and deeds, hoping to clarify the truth about their fate from the “clues” they left behind about the “gallery”. Later, with the joint efforts of both men, they clarified the facts related to organ donation. Although, Kathy and Tommy love each other for many years, due to various reasons cannot be together. When this pair of bitter lovers finally came together, Tommy had made three organ donations, the forthcoming donation was coming, and his life was moving toward “consummation.”In the part one of the novel, Tommy is labeled as “uncreative” during his whole childhood in Hailsham. In Hailsham, students are required to create some form of art, writing, and crafts from time to time. The arts would be put in the Madame’s gallery, where Hailsham students believe this is where all the best artworks are being displayed. Tommy enjoyed art painting till “that day in Miss Geraldine’s class…” Tommy painted an “elephant standing in some tall grass….” (19). Tommy’s painting of the elephant was then being joked at. From then, Tommy stopped creating any form of art. However, that does not mean Tommy is “uncreative” at all. One’s creativity cannot be determined by how many arts they can produce. What truly define ourselves are our actions. Some only say that they are who they are, but are they really who they say they are? These people only put their words in their mouths and never does what they say. It’s easy to say something, but it’s hard to show it through actions. An ordinary simple label does not fully explain our complete individual. People who tag themselves as a feminist; what is their definition of feminism? We may be that perfect person we think we are in our own eyes. Maybe to others, we are not. Because these labels are only opinions, not facts. The definition of each and one of these labels we tag ourselves in are very vague. We can see Tommy taking off his label of being “uncreative” throughout the novel where he starts drawing imaginary animals in his black notebook in the goose-house during his time in the cottage (186). He showed us with his actions that he is not what he is being labeled as. He is more than what is labeled as. After all, labels are only an opinion. What makes us who we are, are our actions.All in all, what makes us who we are, are our actions through the change in time. The labels that we tag ourselves to are only labels. Those labels do not mean anything to us. They are not important. In Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, our protagonist Tommy has proven to everybody that he is not what they say he is. He teared off his label as being “uncreative” through showing that he has the ability to draw. He is not the “uncreative” boy that he once was said to be, but rather creative. He proved his creativity through his creation of many imaginary animals in his black notebook. Tommy has teared off his label through his action to show others who he truly are deep inside. We can as well.

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