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* {{Dystopia}}: As is Miss Emily's point at the end of the film, human are free of serious illness and live to over 100, which would usually be regarded as something of a utopian circumstance. However, [[spoiler:the lives of the clones]] are very dystopic: no family, strict boarding schools, no ability to have children, [[spoiler: donating organs then premature death. And they are conditioned to accept this as the only way of life, and that escape causes pain]].
* ExpendableClone: [[spoiler:Enforced in the setting; clones only exist as organ donors for "normal" people.]]
10th Nov '17 3:55:10 AM RedScharlach
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''Never Let Me Go'' is a 2005 science fiction/romance/drama novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, author of ''Literature/TheRemainsOfTheDay''. The plot concerns three friends, Kathy, who narrates, Tommy and Ruth, who as children are students of Hailsham, an unusual boarding school in the isolated English countryside. As Kathy nears adulthood, the truth about Hailsham and its students is gradually revealed to the reader.

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''Never Let Me Go'' is a 2005 science fiction/romance/drama novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, author of ''Literature/TheRemainsOfTheDay''. The plot concerns three friends, Kathy, who narrates, Tommy and Ruth, who as children are students of at Hailsham, an unusual boarding school in the isolated English countryside. As Kathy nears adulthood, the truth about Hailsham and its students is gradually revealed to the reader.



* BreakTheCutie: Played with. [[spoiler: The third act of the film is essentially a slow-motion BreakTheCutie for all three of the main characters, but in-universe the donor programme is set up so that no-one regards them as cuties at all]].
* ChildhoodFriendRomance Pretty obvious with [[spoiler: Kathy and Tommy]]
* ClonesArePeopleToo: [[spoiler: The real objective of Hailsham's Gallery was to prove this trope. And... [[TearJerker it failed.]] Or, almost, it succeeded too well- the world didn't want to consider that clones could be people, because that would mean giving up their safer, disease-free world. So Hailsham was defunded and the clones were pushed back into the shadows.]]

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* BreakTheCutie: Played with. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The third act of the film is essentially a slow-motion BreakTheCutie for all three of the main characters, but in-universe the donor programme is set up so that no-one regards them as cuties at all]].
* ChildhoodFriendRomance Pretty obvious with [[spoiler: Kathy [[spoiler:Kathy and Tommy]]
Tommy.]]
* ClonesArePeopleToo: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The real objective of Hailsham's Gallery was to prove this trope. And... [[TearJerker it failed.]] Or, almost, it succeeded too well- well -- the world didn't want to consider that clones could be people, because that would mean giving up their safer, disease-free world. So Hailsham was defunded and the clones were pushed back into the shadows.]]



* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: Not stated outright for some time, but a GenreSavvy reader is going to have a tough time shaking the feeling that something awful is behind the students of Hailsham. Kathy mentions she suspects they are deliberately told things about what they are when they are just a little too young to understand them, so that by the time they can process the implications, they've accepted it as a fact of life.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Hailsham seems at first to be an idyllic children's boarding school full of happy, rosey-cheeked children...
* CrapsackWorld: A world where [[spoiler: harvesting humans for parts]] is the norm scores fairly high on the crapsack meter.
* CreatingLifeIsAwesome: [[spoiler: The artificial humans are kind and compassionate, and so are the humans who try to help them. Ironically, society doesn't ''want'' them to be good - it's easier to justify exploiting them if one can pretend that they are soulless.]]
* CreativeSterility: [[spoiler: Averted - the stated reason for why it is so important for the students of Hailsham to be creative. The teachers wanted to prove that clones were just like everyone else]].

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* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: Not stated outright for some time, but a GenreSavvy reader is going to have a tough time shaking the feeling that something awful is lies behind the students of Hailsham. Kathy mentions she suspects they are deliberately told things about what they are when they are just a little too young to understand them, so that by the time they can process the implications, they've accepted it as a fact of life.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Hailsham seems at first to be an idyllic children's boarding school full of happy, rosey-cheeked rosy-cheeked children...
* CrapsackWorld: A world where [[spoiler: harvesting [[spoiler:harvesting humans for parts]] is the norm scores fairly high on the crapsack meter.
* CreatingLifeIsAwesome: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The artificial humans are kind and compassionate, and so are the humans who try to help them. Ironically, society doesn't ''want'' them to be good - it's easier to justify exploiting them if one can pretend that they are soulless.]]
* CreativeSterility: [[spoiler: Averted [[spoiler:Averted - the stated reason for why it is so important for the students of Hailsham to be creative. The teachers wanted to prove that clones were just like everyone else]].



* DeadlyEuphemism: [[spoiler: The "Recovery" Centres are hospices for the donors to inhabit until they "complete"]].

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* DeadlyEuphemism: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The "Recovery" Centres are hospices for the donors to inhabit until they "complete"]]."complete".]]



* ExtranormalInstitute: At Hailsham, the students don't learn anything that a normal boarding school population would learn and instead focus all their energy on creative projects. [[spoiler:And, of course, they're all clones who have been acclimated to the reality that they will all die young.]]

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* ExtranormalInstitute: At Hailsham, the students don't learn anything that a normal boarding school population would learn and instead focus all their energy on creative projects. [[spoiler:And, of course, they're all clones who have been acclimated to the reality that they will all die young.]]



* {{Flatline}}: Subverted. [[spoiler: When Ruth flatlines, she's surrounded by medical professionals who ''keep going about their job of killing her'']].
* FreeLoveFuture: Since the students [[spoiler: can't have children]], sex isn't a taboo for them and everyone is pretty open about it.
* GoOutWithASmile: In the movieverse where [[spoiler: Kathy is watching Tommy have his final surgery before completing and Tommy turns to her and they exchange sad smiles before being knocked out for the surgery]].

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* {{Flatline}}: Subverted. [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Ruth flatlines, she's surrounded by medical professionals who ''keep going about their job of killing her'']].
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* FreeLoveFuture: Since the students [[spoiler: can't [[spoiler:can't have children]], sex isn't a taboo for them and everyone is pretty open about it.
* GoOutWithASmile: In the movieverse where [[spoiler: Kathy [[spoiler:Kathy is watching Tommy have his final surgery before completing and Tommy turns to her and they exchange sad smiles before being knocked out for the surgery]].



* HopeSpot: It's a sign of the lack of love of life that the donors are brought up with that [[spoiler: deferring for three or four years before you are killed is considered the best the characters can hope for. And it soon becomes apparent that deferrals are just something else which has never existed]].

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* HopeSpot: It's a sign of the lack of love of life that the donors are brought up with the concept that [[spoiler: deferring [[spoiler:deferring for three or four years before you are killed is considered the best the characters can hope for. And it soon becomes apparent that deferrals are just something else which has never existed]].



* InternalizedCategorism: The perhaps most painful aspect of the story is that the characters never overcome their social conditioning. The government [[spoiler:plan to murder them]] for no reason other than [[spoiler:harvesting their internal organs, and they really don't want to die.]] They spend the story agonizing over their [[spoiler:lives being cut short, grasping for straws as they try to find loopholes so they'll be allowed to stay alive a little longer]], and feeling guilty about taking out their angst on each other. But none of them ever dare to admit even to themselves that the system is unfair, that they actually ''deserve'' to [[spoiler:be allowed to live. They have been given an identity as sacrificial victims, and while they hate their place in life they fail to break free from this imposed image of who and what they are.]]

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* InternalizedCategorism: The perhaps Perhaps the most painful aspect of the story is that the characters never overcome their social conditioning. The government [[spoiler:plan to murder them]] for no reason other than [[spoiler:harvesting their internal organs, and they really don't want to die.]] They spend the story agonizing over their [[spoiler:lives being cut short, grasping for straws as they try to find loopholes so they'll be allowed to stay alive a little longer]], and feeling guilty about taking out their angst on each other. But none of them ever dare to admit even to themselves that the system is unfair, that they actually ''deserve'' to [[spoiler:be allowed to live. They have been given an identity as sacrificial victims, and while they hate their place in life they fail to break free from this imposed image of who and what they are.]]



* NeverTrustATrailer: Many TV advertisements for the film version made it look like your typical romantic drama. Nope, no science fiction or [[spoiler: cloning]] in this movie...
* NothingIsScarier: The book holds back most if not all of the details of the donations, keeping it vague what was actually donated and what procedures were performed.

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* NeverTrustATrailer: Many TV advertisements for the film version made it look like your typical romantic drama. Nope, no science fiction or [[spoiler: cloning]] [[spoiler:cloning]] in this movie...
* NothingIsScarier: The book holds back most if not all of the details of about the donations, keeping it vague what was actually donated and what procedures were performed.



* StarCrossedLovers: Tom and Kathy, first coerced into a LoveTriangle by PoisonousFriend Ruth [[spoiler: and when they finally do get together, Tom is soon "completed".]]

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* StarCrossedLovers: Tom and Kathy, first coerced into a LoveTriangle by PoisonousFriend Ruth [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and when they finally do get together, Tom is soon "completed".]]



* TragicDream: [[spoiler: Kathy and Tommy hoping to prove that they were in love so that they could have a few more years together. The reader knows this isn't going to work and the naivete of the characters in thinking that it will is rather heartbreaking. Worse yet, this is really Ruth's dream, with her getting them together in a desperate attempt to save them]].
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: And how. Just about everything that's spoiler sensitive on this page is all but explicitly revealed in the trailer for the film.

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* TragicDream: [[spoiler: Kathy [[spoiler:Kathy and Tommy hoping hope to prove that they were are in love so that they could have a few more years together. The reader knows this isn't going to work and the naivete of the characters in thinking that it will is rather heartbreaking. Worse yet, this is really Ruth's dream, with her getting them together in a desperate attempt to save them]].
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: And how. Just about everything that's spoiler sensitive spoiler-sensitive on this page is all but explicitly revealed in the trailer for the film.



* YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive: [[spoiler: The students at Hailsham and other donors]]

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* YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The students at Hailsham and other donors]]
18th Sep '17 12:01:34 PM FF32
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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Kathy herself questions this, especially at the end of the film, nothing that [[spoiler:humans and clones}] are NotSoDifferent, but the latter will continue to be dehumanized and treated poorly.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Kathy herself questions this, especially at the end of the film, nothing that [[spoiler:humans and clones}] clones]] are NotSoDifferent, but the latter will continue to be dehumanized and treated poorly.
16th Jun '17 11:10:19 AM Noraneko
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* WhamLine: Subverted. Miss Lucy tells the young students that [[spoiler:they're just walking organ donors and will be harvested until they die,]] but it doesn't shock the children, who have long since been resigned to their fate.
16th Jun '17 11:07:25 AM Noraneko
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* AlternateHistory

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* AlternateHistoryAlternateHistory: The plot is set in a time where humans can regularly live past 100 and illness has been eradicated thanks to discoveries in the 1950s, with the events taking place in the 90s. [[spoiler:It's also a universe that has medically exploited clones.]]



* BoardingSchool

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* BoardingSchoolBoardingSchool: Hailsham is this, with a few notable differences from a regular boarding school.



* CureForCancer: [[spoiler: the clones.]]

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* CureForCancer: [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:The clones.]]



* DownerEnding

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* DownerEndingDownerEnding: [[spoiler:Ruth and Tommy die and Kathy will die eventually. There is no deferral, and institutes promoting treating the clones as people are being defunded and closed down, meaning it will only get ''worse'' for them.]]



* ExtranormalInstitute
* FaceDeathWithDignity: the students we follow in the story do this to a remarkable degree.

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* ExtranormalInstitute
ExtranormalInstitute: At Hailsham, the students don't learn anything that a normal boarding school population would learn and instead focus all their energy on creative projects. [[spoiler:And, of course, they're all clones who have been acclimated to the reality that they will all die young.]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: the The students we follow in the story do this to a remarkable degree.



* MonochromeCasting.

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* MonochromeCasting.MonochromeCasting: The main cast is overwhelmingly white.



* SlutShaming: Ruth intentionally does this to a sexually active Kathy to make her feel like she doesn't deserve Tommy.



* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture


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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Kathy herself questions this, especially at the end of the film, nothing that [[spoiler:humans and clones}] are NotSoDifferent, but the latter will continue to be dehumanized and treated poorly.
30th Nov '16 9:49:31 PM Xtifr
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'''''Never Let Me Go''''' is a 2005 science fiction/romance/drama novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, author of ''Literature/TheRemainsOfTheDay''. The plot concerns three friends, Kathy, who narrates, Tommy and Ruth, who as children are students of Hailsham, an unusual boarding school in the isolated English countryside. As Kathy nears adulthood, the truth about Hailsham and its students is gradually revealed to the reader.

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'''''Never ''Never Let Me Go''''' Go'' is a 2005 science fiction/romance/drama novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, author of ''Literature/TheRemainsOfTheDay''. The plot concerns three friends, Kathy, who narrates, Tommy and Ruth, who as children are students of Hailsham, an unusual boarding school in the isolated English countryside. As Kathy nears adulthood, the truth about Hailsham and its students is gradually revealed to the reader.
29th Apr '16 8:38:58 PM QueenOfSpades
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* ClonesArePeopleToo: [[spoiler: The real objective of Hailsham's Gallery was to prove this trope. And... [[Tearjerker it failed.]] Or, almost, it succeeded too well- the world didn't want to consider that clones could be people, because that would mean giving up their safer, disease-free world. So Hailsham was defunded and the clones were pushed back into the shadows.]]

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* ClonesArePeopleToo: [[spoiler: The real objective of Hailsham's Gallery was to prove this trope. And... [[Tearjerker [[TearJerker it failed.]] Or, almost, it succeeded too well- the world didn't want to consider that clones could be people, because that would mean giving up their safer, disease-free world. So Hailsham was defunded and the clones were pushed back into the shadows.]]
29th Apr '16 8:38:08 PM QueenOfSpades
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* ClonesArePeopleToo: [[spoiler: The real objective of Hailsham's Gallery was to prove this trope.]]

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* ClonesArePeopleToo: [[spoiler: The real objective of Hailsham's Gallery was to prove this trope. And... [[Tearjerker it failed.]] Or, almost, it succeeded too well- the world didn't want to consider that clones could be people, because that would mean giving up their safer, disease-free world. So Hailsham was defunded and the clones were pushed back into the shadows.]]
11th Feb '16 9:10:38 AM kyeo
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* NothingIsScarier: The book holds back most if not all of the details of the donations, keeping it vague what was actually donated and what procedures were performed.
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