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Klara and the Sun


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Based on what we learn from the conversations among Helen, Chrissie, Paul, and Rick about the choices parents make for their children in Klara’s world, how might that have affected Josie's condition?

Created: 02/24/22

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davinamw

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Based on what we learn from the conversations among Helen, Chrissie, Paul, and Rick about the choices parents make for their children in Klara’s world, how might that have affected Josie's condition?

The details of Josie's illness are kept vague. Based on what we learn from the conversations among Helen, Chrissie, Paul, and Rick about the choices parents make for their children in Klara’s world, how might that have affected Josie's condition?


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shan

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RE: Based on what we learn from the ...

Josie’s lonely and sick condition appears to be because of the choices her mother has made to join the “new semi- artificial”world which we find out later in the novel was the cause of her sister’s death.


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tmmarti

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RE: Based on what we learn from the ...

Although the details of Josie’s illness are kept vague, we understand that it could be bad enough that it could lead to her death. In Klara’s world, a parent’s decision to lift their child in order to provide advantages to them for education and societal advancement seems to take precedence over a risk of the child’s untimely death. Losing Sal didn’t deter the Mother from trying again with her other daughter.


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shan

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RE: Based on what we learn from the ...

This is a trend that is seen in everyday life for decades where children are signed up for extra classes and sports, playgroups and social meetings. I think the author is criticizing that in Klara and the Sun.
It is sad to have an Artificial friend however kind and knowledgeable she is.


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Jessica F

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RE: Based on what we learn from the ...

I'm quite sure that given the opportunity, there are plenty of over-achieving parents who would sign up for genetic manipulation to improve their child's looks, strength, capabilities, academics, etc.
It's a sad world when we can't meet and accept children exactly where they are.


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shan

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RE: Based on what we learn from the ...

Yes, such a bleak concept of childhood, the author has made a very interesting point , such completion for adults to have the “achieving “child.


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bill and jackie

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RE: Based on what we learn from the ...

We learn more about "lifting" or genetic modification as a means for parents to maximize their children's potential in society. I think Ishiguro is commenting on the pitfalls of this type of modification, from death to how it can further divide the "classes" as opposed to helping to bring people together. However, the fact that Rick is a much kinder and empathetic person than others his age and that he ends up not only happy and satisfied with his future is also a comment that creativity and imagination rather than genetic modification can result in success and happiness.


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robinsb

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RE: Based on what we learn from the ...

This is a very difficult question. I am the parent of a professional baseball player. Our family made many sacrifices to make sure he had coaches that would push him to be his best version of himself. All of this was done because our son selected and was passionate about baseball. A natural skill was improved and further developed.

In Josie's situation, a decision was made by her parents to uplift her knowing the potential risk of compromising her health, as it did her older sister. The pressure they must have felt that their child would not be able to succeed in society without it.


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somanybooks...

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RE: Based on what we learn from the ...

Not knowing what the risks of gene editting could be, how could a parent not feel responsible for the negative outcomes. I think there was a lot of pressure on parents to do the uplifting of their children...
Parents without the means or did not favor tinkering with their children's
genes were looked down upon...it seemed like there was much class conscientousness


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