Miss Emily - The head guardian at Hailsham. The fact that Ruth does not directly tell us where the pencil case is from, but rather implies it, creates a mysterious mood. When Kathy is talking about the tape at the beginning of this section, Ishiguro creates an intimate and warm atmosphere because Kathy is letting us know about one of her secrets. This means that even though the children are looked after by the guardians, we are still uncertain about the true meaning of Hailsham, and why the little incidents, such as the one with the pencil case, are described by Kathy in such detail. The emphasis on artwork was to show the public that the clones had souls.
This alienates Kathy to the point where she decides to leave and Ruth and Tommy stay behind at the Cottages. This is confusing to us as it is normal for people to know that acting is such a manner towards a friend usually results in losing said friend, the fact that Ruth thinks that she can get away with treating Kathy like this reminds us of the difference between ourselves and the clones. Several months after Kathy bought the tape from these Sales, it went missing. This means that we can understand and sympathise with her character more, despite the fact that she does not always make a big deal of how she is feeling or what she is thinking. Why is this Section Important? Why don't these clones ever stand up for themselves? This is continued throughout the whole novel and makes the reader feel as though Kathy is confiding in us.
She decides to check the sales register and tells Ruth about it, showing that she is not afraid to confront people and takes pleasure in being right. But what keeps Ruth from being a good friend all the time? Kathy relates a number of anecdotes about how her relationships with Ruth and Tommy change over time. The Pencil Case Incident, Chapter 5, pages 56-60 What happens? She believed you should be given as full a picture as possible. But she never mentioned it at all. Another personality trait of Ruth that is revealed to us is her lying. A clone raised to be a donor whose organs will later be harvested until she dies.
She forms a natural alliance with Ruth, who also bases her hopefulness about the future on rumor and speculation. A few months after Tommy and Ruth get together, the students graduate from Hailsham and go to live at the Cottage, a more relaxed holding facility where the students are free to drive and otherwise act as they wish. Can you hear the snarky sarcasm? What do we find out about the characters? The book is written from the stance of the major character called Kathy who was among the clones. She has been a carer for almost twelve years at the time of narration, and she often reminisces about her time spent at Hailsham, a in England, where the teachers are known as guardians. The view changes to depict the childhood days of the three friends, Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth. By this point, Tommy has made three organ donations and is approaching his fourth, which clones generally do not survive.
It all starts in art class when Tommy draws a very childish picture of an elephant. She is one of the younger teachers at Hailsham, and tells the students very frankly that they exist only for organ donation. The main character, Kathy H and all of her schoolmates have been designed in order to donate their organs. Even when she's just an itty bitty kid playing in the sandbox, Ruth is already stirring up drama and telling people what to do. Chrissie hopefully clings to the possibility of a deferral on donations, rumored to be available to Hailsham couples in love.
Hope plays as a symbol and feeling of freedom for the characters. But this time Ruth manipulates for the sake of others and not just herself. In this section of the novel, Kathy observes that the veteran couples in the cottages mimic behaviour that they have seen on television programmes. The only thing left for them in this world is each other, and they know it. The fact that the setting being at Hailsham also adds to the mystery in the atmosphere, as Hailsham is presented as cut-off from the outside world.
Then Kathy mentions going to Madame and asking for special treatment and Ruth is triumphant because this is what she was trying to get at when she got them all together again. Kathy is saddened by the situation, so she voluntarily leaves the Cottages to begin her carer training. This section is important because it is the first time we meet Tommy in the novel, because of this it gives us the impression that Tommy is quite a stroppy character, a theme that is carried throughout the novel, especially towards the end of the novel, when Tommy has another rage, but this time about a much more important topic, the deferrals. What do we learn about them? The students are restless and wanting to get out onto the playing fields, which emphasizes the shock when the topic of donations and their future is so suddenly brought into conversation. Not only this, but the students are likely to be scared by the thought of life outside of Hailsham; this shows us that the clones are not prepared for living in the outside world and so makes us confused as to why they have been sheltered all their lives, as though there is some deeper hidden reason for their isolation, which adds to the uneasy feel. Tommy: Tommy seems very young during this point of the novel.
Ishiguro's main protagonist, Stevens, in The Remains Of the Day speaks in the first person narrative because he wants to present directly the thoughts and stream of consciousness effectively to the readers. Tommy has taken the news worse than Kathy, one of the only pupils of Hailsham who questioned his fate as a donor and was not content to die for the greed of others. The splitting of the love is significant because it symbolises the ending of a chapter in their lives, it represents the time when they all move on a grow further apart from each other. Ishiguro's outlook on hope is highly conflicted. Well, there are oodles of reasons, but here's the one that stands out to us: competition. Does Ruth really want to get back with Tommy, or does she just want to stop him and Kathy being together? This gives the overall impression that it is peaceful and also suggests that nothing bad could ever take place there.
Souls are part of this section because by both Kathy and Tommy acting in human ways, such as engaging in a sexual act and falling in love with someone, they are showing that they both have souls and it is destined for their souls to be together. This connection to Hailsham resurfaces a lot throughout the novel, and it seems to be the one thing that always holds these two together. She accepts that she's going to become a donor and she even looks forward to it, which sounds a little crazy to us. It is a tragic picture of the donors who are born with only purpose of being useful for others. This section has an obvious structure. At Hailsham, Ruth often leads her friends in make-believe games.
They donate their organs and die an inevitable death. Ruth claims not to know what Kathy is talking about. She doesn't even lodge a complaint with the higher ups… whoever they are. They have the exact appearance and also ability to love, as we do. Soon afterwards Tommy and Ruth get back together and they move to the cottages. When Tommy and Kathy encounter her again as adults, Miss Emily is self-satisfied and complacent about her failed charitable work on behalf of the students. The cold feel to this section continues when Ruth begins to argue with Kathy, Ruth behaves cruelly and maliciously towards Kathy, which also creates an uneasy and uncomfortable mood.