Archive for May, 2012

Never Let Me Go

“Why did we do all of that work in the first place? Why train us, encourage us, make us produce all of that? If we’re just going to give donations anyways, then die, why all those lessons? Why all those books and discussions?” (259)
I understand that the guardians of Hailsham wanted to help and even protect the students. They thought they could make a different by showing society that these clones were just as real as other humans. But in the process they deceived their students because so many believed they had a chance to do more than be a part of medical supply. I think living a well cultured and sheltered life was worse. They didn’t know what they were part of. As Kathy is reminiscing about Hailsham she says,  “The idea was that when the time came, you’d be able just to unzip a bit of yourself, a kidney or something would slide out, and you’d hand it over.” (88) They failed to tell them that it would be a painful and weakening process or that many would die/complete by the second donation. Miss Lucy had the right idea because she wanted to tell them the full truth. While at the pavilion she says, “None of you will go to America, none of you will be film starts. And none of you will be working in supermarkets as I heard some of you planning the other day. Your lives are set out for you. You’ll become adults, then before you’re old, before you’re even middle aged, you’ll start to donate your vital organs. That what each of you was created to do.” (81) It was bluntly said to the students but they imagined the process of donations was less painful. They were never given a chance to fight. Hailsham, Glenmorgan, and Saunders Trust should have joined forces with the students/clones.

Contagion

“The government rushed the trials. The lawyers indemnified the drug companies. Maybe it causes autism or narcolepsy or cancer 10 years from now. Who know?
The swine flu vaccine killed people back in 1976. Nerve disease. So we’re all guinea pigs, starting from today. Just wait, they’ll start listing side effects like the credits at the end of a movie. “

Even though Alan Krumwiede lies about being infected and wrongfully supports forsythia I think he makes some valid points. We have generally witnessed medicine be pulled from the market because it has caused health problems. Some drugs have positive effects and save lives. Other times the side effects out weigh the positives and cause more damage. Recently my fathers diabetes medicine Avandia was discontinued. The FDA issued warnings because it increased the chances of heart attacks and strokes. This becomes an ethical question; do we save lives now and deal with side effects a little later in the years? In Contagion the virus has killed 26 million people in more or less 100 days. Between the 18th and 26th day Hextall sees that the virus has mutated and the R-noughts has changed. She says, “1 in 12 people on the planet will contract the disease”. If the MEV-1 vaccine was not hurried and distributed more people would become sick and more than 26 million people would have died.

Also the scene in which Dr.Cheever speaks to Aubrey he says “In 1918 1 percent of the population died from Spanish flu. It was novel, like this, no one had even seen it before.” Steven Soderbergh is able to relate this film to our reality through history. By mentioning the Spanish flu and the effects of the swine flue vaccine he highlights how realistic a situation like this could become because we have experienced major deaths in the past.

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