Author(s): Dilek MENTESE KIRYAMAN
Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go narrates a dystopic world that draws attention to the construction of identity, existence as human beings and non-humans, and alienation. The “clones” in the novel portray the problematic relationship between identity and body. Significantly, the fragmentation of the bodies of the “clones” results in the disruption of their identities. This article explores corporeality and fragmentation in Never Let Me Go by considering the literally and metaphorically fragmented bodies of the characters. The “clones” in the novel experience alienation from their own bodies and from the outer world. The fragmentation or the fear of fragmentation of the bodies of the “clones” exposes the idea that their identities are formed by their descriptions as “freaks,” as incomplete identities and suffering bodies. This study analyzes the fragmentation of the body in Never Let Me Go in accordance with the idea that the subject is alienated from his/her “self” which crystalizes the lack in identity.