Grade 9 Analysis of the Final Chapter ("Ruth wanted that other thing…
Grade 9 Analysis of the Final Chapter
Irony - King is something of power and value, which is contrasted to the life of the donors
Their lives appear to have no value
Yet, there organs have great value so this could be a second reason for the irony as they have value as body parts
This is the description of the land behind the buildings at Kingsfield
This could have been used to be symbolic of the lives that these donors lead
"overgrown weeds and thistles held by wire-mesh fences"
"Weeds" - symbolic of the lives of the donors
"wire-mesh fences" - connotes living in prison which is also emphasised with this idea of them being in a "Square"
This could act to show that they are designed to spend their entire lives as clones because ultimately, they are created to be slaughtered
"scraping through all the nettles and brambles"
Symbolic of the hardships that the clones face in their lives
"it was really foggy"
The "foggy" conditions reflect the lack of reasoning that Kathy has as she does not understand what Tommy is going through
She hasn't come to terms with what it means to be in that position
"it stopped next to the fence and stared at the blank fog on the other side"
This is clearly a metaphor for death
Tommy - before he tells Kathy about his desire for a new donor
- this opens up the possibility that there is something on the other side as it opens up the possibiliy that there is a heaven but also, could open up the possibility of nothing on the other side
Death could be the end - emptiness
"And it's what Ruth wanted too."
The fact that Kathy has put that reason suggests that Tommy has ore respect for Ruth's desires than for her own
So although she claims that Tommy has been a great love of her life and that Tommy has been the great love of her life
This detail undermines that and suggests that actually, Tommy was more in love with Ruth than she was with him
Kathy never tells us this because she doesn't see it (NARRATIVE STRUCTURE)
Ishiguro has presented an unreliable narrator and usually we find out what is going on through what other people say of do
Dramatic irony - we realise something that Kathy does not
"Ruth wanted that other thing for us"
Tommy refers to their relationship as "other thing for us" - deferral
This certainly suggests that he doesn't view their relationship as love
It is an unequal power relationship - Tommy is dependent on Kathy in some ways and Kathy is not dependant on Tommy
The fact that he cannot name what their relationship, it suggest their relationship is not based on love, it's based on something else and he is uncomfortable saying what this was
"I'm the one to help you"
- Notice how Kathy says that after Tommy has talked about Ruth so basically she's not saying I love you more than Ruth did, she is saying that I am the one to help you because Ruth ha completed, so I am all you have left
Again, suggesting that there relationship is not as strong as she has portrayed
Repeats this line after she responds - emphasis
Tommy isn't suggesting that he wanted this relationship, here he symbolically appears to be Kathy's victim and he is actually trying to get himself out of this relationship by forcing Kathy to no longer be his carer