Kazuo Ishiguro

Death itself is inevitable, when it is supposed to happen it’ll happen, it is written in your fate. In the novel Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro,it shows through characterization and symbolism how the passivity of the characters is brought up throughout the story and how these characters have a certain fate where and how their life is supposed to turn up and be. As a result they passively accept their fate without fighting for their lives. They continue being donors without much hesitation.

To begin, characterization through dialogue shows the passivity of the characters where they come to terms with their fate, their fate becoming donors and completing at a young age. They continue the donation process with no hesitation or resistance, they do not try to rebel against the system.Ruth is a character who follows the path that she is given and doesn’t do anything to try and push her time to live a longer life, she is ready to complete; “[Tommy] I was pretty much ready when I became a donor. It felt right. After all, it's what we're supposed to be doing, isn't it?" (227). Being prepared to give your organs sounds really insane. However, to Ruth, it's what she "supposed to do." She doesn't see being a donor as a loss or a sign that she's given up. Rather, it's more similar to she's, at last, achieved the goal that society set for her. She has at long last reached her fate. The characters must passively come to terms with what their fate after Miss Lucy explains to them their purpose; “If you’re to live decent lives, you have to know who you are and what lies ahead of you, every one of you.”(81) This touches on the topic that we will ultimately live a “decent life” until it comes full circle. Miss Lucy acclaims that it is better to confront death with full consciousness of what's coming, instead of disregarding their fate. Tommy finally realizes that there is not much that they can do, except what is coming; ‘But in the end, is it really so important? The donors will all donate, just same, and then they'll complete." (23.24-26) Tommy's being rather very passive and pessimistic. The way he sees it, everyone will end up donating and completing, thus he sees no reason why everyone has to attempt to go above and beyond to be a carer. In their universe, 'being a donor' and 'completing' is as assured as death is in our universe.

The author, Kazuo Ishiguro, uses symbolism in several ways throughout the novel to represent the many obstacles the clones must overcome, leading them down the path of completing their fate. Kathy being the more passive character in the story learned to accept her fate earlier on. Although she has become a carer which extended her life span a few years, she’s ready to be where she’s supposed to end up; “I just waited a bit, then turned back to the car, to drive off to wherever it was I was supposed to be” (288). This shows how Kathy at the end of the novel has no signs of resistance. Kathy has her car, even though driving has a big symbolic meaning with the feeling of freedom in this novel. However in the end, Kathy's car isn't going to lead her to freedom. The car represents the way of bringing her towards her fate. Thus, she's going to submit to and accept her fate, driving herself to wherever she's "supposed to be." Kathy knows precisely what lies ahead, yet she tries to concentrate on her recollections and her present life."I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And [the] two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding on as [tight] as they can, but in the end it's just [overbarring]. The current's too strong. They've got to let go, drift apart. That's how I think it is with us. It's a shame, Kath, because we've loved each other all our lives. But in the end, we can't stay together forever." (282) This is an intense picture, and a powerful tragic one. There's something so last in the way Tommy discusses releasing Kathy. To Tommy, there's nothing they can do to change their destiny. It simply is the thing that it is, so they should give in. The current symbolises the Tommy’s passive emotion accepting his fate to become a donor without changing what is supposed to be. It also represents the end of his life e and accepting that their love is not meant to be or last forever because of what society set their life to be.