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The Complexity of Love and Friendship in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go:An Actantial Analysis
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Kärlekens och vänskapens komplexitet i Kazuo Ishiguros Never Let Me Go:en aktant analys (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The present essay undertakes a structuralist analysis of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go, drawing upon the actantial analysis of plot developed by A. J. Greimas, as developed by Louis Hébert. My central claim is that the plot revolves around the protagonist's contradictory desire to find love with her childhood friend Tommy, while at the same time retaining her friendship with another childhood friend, Ruth. The essay suggests that this contradiction contributes to the complex plot where the characters' actantial functions shift frequently. Furthermore, the essay makes a distinction between two different perspectives, namely Kathy's as protagonist, and Kathy's as narrator. This distinction elucidates how narration in Never Let Me Go affects the plot.

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2017. , p. 19
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Never Let Me Go, Structuralism, Actantial, Love, Friendship
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-48010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-48010DiVA, id: diva2:1076785
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English
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Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: English (300 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2017-03-06 Created: 2017-02-23 Last updated: 2017-03-06Bibliographically approved

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