An analysis of the remains of the day by kazuo ishiguro
During his journey, Stevens reflects on his unshakable loyalty to Lord Darlington, who had hosted lavish meetings between German sympathizers and English aristocrats in an effort to influence international affairs in the years leading up to World War II ; on the meaning of the term "dignity" and what constitutes a great butler; and on his relationship with his late father, another "no-nonsense" man who dedicated his life to service.
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Reception[ edit ] The Remains of the Day is one of the most highly regarded post-war British novels. Benn lives. Subscribe Sign up for our newsletter to get submission announcements and stay on top of our best work. During his journey, Stevens reflects on his unshakable loyalty to Lord Darlington, who had hosted lavish meetings between German sympathizers and English aristocrats in an effort to influence international affairs in the years leading up to World War II ; on the meaning of the term "dignity" and what constitutes a great butler; and on his relationship with his late father, another "no-nonsense" man who dedicated his life to service. Lane […] It is not at all easy to define just what this quality is. The book spans his one week trip to visit Miss Kenton and involves a mainly stream-of-consciousness 'moral inventory' of Stevens' life. There are some tears in this novel — yet perhaps not enough, because the tale of the steadfast, hopelessly mistaken Stevens gets me every time. Characters[ edit ] Mr. Marshall of Charleville House, or Mr. Carlisle drives him back to his car the next day, the doctor pokes a hole in the facade and Stevens finally admits that he is, in fact, the butler at Darlington Hall. The novel begins in , with Stevens receiving a letter from a former colleague, the housekeeper Miss Kenton, describing her married life, which Stevens believes hints at an unhappy marriage. He is the pre-echo of the Thatcherite paradox, suffering from an irreconcilable rupture within himself. As for myself, I cannot even claim that.
Due to this, Lord Darlington asks Stevens to fire two Jewish staff members, though Darlington later regrets this. He first reflects upon what makes a butler a 'great' one, something he clearly has aspirations to achieve.
Social constraints[ edit ] The novel does not present Stevens' situation as simply a personal one. Stevens looks back on this moment with pride. Underneath the voice lies the tremulous undercurrent of his shattered self: feelings of shame, heartbreak, worthlessness.
They have a dinner there, where Stevens speaks of his past meetings with dignitaries, never once revealing that he is, in fact, a butler.
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As the book reveals, servants who wished to marry and have children would have immediately found themselves without a job, as married life is seen as incompatible with service, which requires total devotion. The story reaches its low-key climax in the quiet surroundings of a Cornish tea-room. A truly "great butler" does not abandon his profession, and, as such, Stevens feels that such choices are foolish in regard to the life of a butler. The pro-German stance of Lord Darlington has parallels in the warm relations with Germany favoured by some British aristocrats in the early s, such as Lord Londonderry and Oswald Mosley. Stevens, the narrator, an English butler who serves at Darlington Hall; a devoted man with high standards who is particularly concerned with dignity exemplified by the fact that the reader never learns his first name Miss Kenton, the housekeeper at Darlington Hall, later married as Mrs. Upon Stevens' father's death, Miss Kenton becomes almost a substitute for him in Stevens' life - the only person who seems like family, the only person who can provide him love. It is this definition of dignity that most concerns Stevens - and he believes it reflects a man who maintains his professionalism no matter what the circumstances.
Benton after she tells him that she likes to imagine the kind of life they would have had together. During their time at Darlington Hall, Stevens chose to maintain a sense of distance born from his personal understanding of dignity, as opposed to searching and discovering the feelings that existed between himself and Miss Kenton.
Determined to please his employer, Stevens takes this new duty very seriously.
But when Stevens finally does meet her, with full plans to bring her back to Darlington Hall and perhaps confess his love, he finds that the spirit has gone out of her.
Miss Kenton arrived at a time when Stevens and his father both worked at the estate.
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