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|Other Titles:||Body Controls and Taboos: Kazuo Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go"|
|Issue Date:||2016-08-18 17:27:38 (UTC+8)|
In Kazuo Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go", the importance of the cloned body is undeniable, for human lives generally depend on the transplants of the cloned body organs. The cloned body, however, is not only forbidden in talks like a taboo but imprisoned by such controlling forces as sex education, smoking prohibition, and art pursuit. On the surface, taboos and normalized controls of the body are for the benefits of the clones and promote the nobleness of the soul. In fact, the dichotomy between the body and the soul degrades the cloned body, making the clones blind to their individual bodily uniqueness and eventually take for granted human dominators' exploitation of their body organs. Bio-power comes into play in this process. This paper undertakes psychoanalysis and poststructuralist approaches to explore controls, taboos, and exploitation of the cloned body. Why are the variables of the cloned body ignored or even invisible while at the same time its value and utility are considerably stressed? How is bio-power exercised over the obedient clones and how does it turn their body into commodity? This paper argues that when the clones naively conform to their governors' values and norms and make light of the exploitation and power politics hidden behind body controls and taboos, they consequently become ignorant of their own bodily revolts. In addition, well-accepted body norms and taboos in Ishiguro's novel also illustrate how diffuse and prevailing socio-cultural forces are and how such forces may subjugate people's body and mind as well.
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