Society tends to turn a blind eye towards majorly inhumane activities. One such activity that is overlooked is organ trafficking. The fictional novel Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro covers the lives of children who were cloned specifically to give their organs for non-clones to live. The article “Not properly human”: literary and cinematic narratives about human harvesting” by Henriette Roos explores the reality of human organ trafficking and how people who want the organs believe the act is normal and acceptable. As inhumane as each circumstance is, the people of the outside world who utilize the organs try to validate the victimization through word choice, daily lifestyle behavior, and stereotypical acceptances.
Examples of dulled realities are found throughout Ishiguro’s book as well as Roos’ article. These normalizations are found in Ishiguro’s book when Miss Lucy explains why the children need to keep healthy (Ishiguro 68) and when a “special” way of verbalization is used to describe their fate (68-69). Two instances that show the children normalize their own fate is when Kathy dances around to her favorite music causing an emotional reaction by a “normal” human (70-71) and when Ruth fantasizes about her “proper career” as if she has a choice to acquire one (144). In the article “Not properly human” the act of normalization can be seen: when they host a game show that gives people human organs from cancer patients (Roos 3), when they say that organ trafficking has to happen because the wait list is too long (3), and when prisoners are forced to give up organs because they “deserve it” (4). In both situations, society attempts to normalize this grueling activity in various ways.
Normalization is significantly outlined through healthful living styles, positive word choice, and regular development pace in children. In Never Let Me Go, Miss Lucy, who is a guardian of the clones at Hailsham, tries to make sure the children know that they need to be health-conscious so they preserve the ability to lengthen their lives through their future donations. She asserts that “what [they (the students)] must understand is that for [them], all of [them], it is much, much worse to smoke than it ever was for me” (Ishiguro 68). Adding that they must not smoke to ensure healthy organs makes sense to those on the receiving end, but not to those children who have predestined deaths regardless of the healthiness of their bodies. This way of teaching sugarcoats the fact that the Hailsham students are going to die despite their overall health because ultimately each student gets their vital organs extracted. Miss Lucy goes on to tell the clones that “keeping [them]selves healthy inside is much more important for each of [them]” (69). It is important for anyone to have healthy organs if they are “donors,” but it is also maltreatment to “harvest” organs as if it is acceptable before the individual has died of other unseen causes.
The Hailsham students do not fully...