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Klara and the Sun
Kazuo Ishiguro, who is widely recognized as one of the most famous modern writers, is
considered to be the genius of dystopia. The combination of imaginary and real, an
unpredictable plot and accurate philosophical expressions makes him one of the most successful
modern writers in the world. His novel, Klara and the Sun demonstrates his stylistic approach
and deals with the themes of humanity and feelings, social and technical progress and the
problems between parents and children.
Nowadays, in our fast-moving world, where robots are becoming a necessary part of our
life, the idea of such artificial friends is especially relevant. This novel examines the issue of
artificial intelligence, which is able to constantly learn, process information quickly, accumulate
knowledge and apply it successfully, in other words to acquire opportunities to perceive and
study the world around them, as do the people. Despite serious philosophical topics, ethical
problems and eternal questions that are raised in this novel, this moving story about an android,
who has much deeper human feelings that people will not leave someone indifferent. The scene
takes place in the future, where children study remotely and don’t have any opportunity to
communicate with others. So, those parents who have a possibility buy special Artificial Friends,
so that their children have a companion for spending with them free-time. Klara, the main
character of the science fiction novel, is one of such androids, who waits for a child who will
choose her. She sits near the window of the shop for days observing everything. Klara pays on
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the Sun а special attention, as she is a solar-powered robot and receives energy from it. ‘They
were both hungrily absorbing the Sun’s special nourishment and becoming stronger by the
minute, and I saw that before long, perhaps even by that afternoon’ (Kazuo Ishiguro,10). One
day the girl Josie chooses Klara and takes her home. As it turns out, this girl is sick and her
mother, Krissy, who has already lost her eldest daughter worries about Josie and is afraid that she
will die. But, instead of curing Josie, she asks Klara to imitate her daughter. Of course, Klara is
disappointed but does everything. And one day, when the mother takes Klara with them to make
Josie’s portrait Klara realizes, that the artist prepares not the portrait, but the shell for IF with the
appearance of Josie, as Krissy hopes to put Klara in Josie’s shell if she dies. On the one hand,
these actions seem to be amoral and don’t have any explanation. But on the other hand, the
situation makes the reader to think if a person can be reduced to a set of algorithms, if such
robots can replace humans or how to deal with the bitterness of loss. And, probably, the main
question is how society will perceive such artificial copied people. The author doesn’t give us
any answers so that the reader analyzes everything by himself after the reading. Presumably,
people are afraid of loneliness, so do everything to avoid it, however, Kazuo Ishiguro states that
‘perhaps all humans are lonely, at least potentially’ (43). So, Klara and the Sun is not only a
novel about Artificial-Intelligence, but also about moral values and ethical problems.
One more topic, that is touched in this novel is the theme of humanity and feelings. Josie
has only one friend Rick, who is her neighbour. Furthermore, they love each other and decide
that they will be together. The author shows us the special contact of Klara and Rick: ‘Josie was
standing surprisingly close to Rick, not actually touching him, but with hands raised just behind
his back and left shoulder.’ (Kazuo Ishiguro,15) But change their behaving, ignoring all their
feelings is it an eternal feeling? As the reader can see, Klara and Rick won’t communicate in
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some time. Kazuo Ishiguro emphasizes that people are so volatile and often. In contrast to this
behavior, the author shows us Klara and her dedication. She does everything so that Josie alive,
and even sacrifices the fluid that plays the role of blood for her and destroys the Coatings
Machine. Therefore, the robot, paradoxical as it may sound, is more human than people, as she
gives up her personal gain and stays devoted even ending up in the trash heap.
Besides, there is one more character who plays one of the main roles- the Sun, which is
equated with God in this novel. It is absorbing and engaging to observe how powerful is the
belief of an android in the Sun. When Klara finds something difficult, she goes to the barn where
she asks the Sun to help her. In her opinion, it is not only a source of energy but something
omnipotent and divine. She even ‘could tell that the Sun was smiling towards me kindly as he
went down for his rest.’ (Kazuo Ishiguro, 56). Klara believes, that after performing a ritual with
damaging the Coatings Machine, the Sun cured Josie by sending special energy in the girl’s
room and in a few months Josie’s health is restored: ‘The Sun … was always kind to me from
the start, but when I was with Josie, once, he was particularly kind.’ (74) The author
emphasizes, that the belief in God is one of the human needs, as there are things that not always
can be controlled by people.
To recapitulate, Klara and the Sun is not a simple fantasy with the elements of predicting
the future. All in all, it is a masterpiece that carries the reader away and leaves him in the
thoughts. Kazuo Ishiguro is a master of describing life, as his masterpiece is full of indescribable
emotions, a unique atmosphere and ethical problems of human values and the meaning of life, so
it makes the mind fight with feelings.
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Work cited
Ishiguro, Kazuo. Klara and the Sun. London, Faber and Faber, 2021
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