Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro ..

The Remains of the Day uses several literary techniques such as tone, flashbacks, symbolism, and foreshadowing to emphasize the core themes of dignity, regret, and loyalty.

Novel Themes, Protagonist's Conflict - The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Remains of the Day contains several literary techniques such as tone, flashbacks, symbolism, and foreshadowing used to emphasize the core themes of dignity, regret, and loyalty.


Essay on Book Review of Ishiguro’s "The Remains of the Day"

The Remains of the Day is a first person narrative of an English butler named Stevens on 6-day trip to the English countryside....

He'd have sometimes two hundred slaves at hand
And sometimes ten. He'd speak of kings and grand
Moguls and naught but greatness. Then he'd say:
"Give me a three-legged table and a tray
The men I speak of are of this stamp; they are like the man whom HoratiusFlaccus describes - a man never the same, never even like himself; to suchan extent does he wander off into opposites. Did I say many are so? It is the case with almost all. Everyone changes his plans and prayersday by day. Now he would have a wife, and now a mistress; now hewould be king, and again he strives to conduct himself so that no slaveis more cringing; now he puffs himself up until he becomes unpopular; again,he shrinks and contracts into greater humility than those who are reallyunassuming; at one time he scatters money, at another he steals it. That is how a foolish mind is most clearly demonstrated: it shows firstin this shape and then in that, and is never like itself - which is, inmy opinion, the most shameful of qualities. Believe me, it is a greatrole - to play the role of one man. But nobody can be one personexcept the wise man; the rest of us often shift ourmasks+. At times you will think us thrifty and serious, at othertimes wasteful and idle. We continually change our characters andplay a part contrary to that which we have discarded. You shouldtherefore force yourself to maintain to the very end of life's drama thecharacter which you assumed at the beginning. See to it that menbe able to praise you; if not, let them at least identify you. Indeed,with regard to the man whom you saw but yesterday, the question may properlybe asked: "Who is he?" So great a change has there been! Farewell.


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However these have different purposes and affects in each novel, in Remains of the Day the framing of Stevens journey serves as a setting the scene for the novel as it starts with a date and the setting of Darlington Hall which is introduced in the prologue.

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one day? There is indeed a limit fixed for us, just wherethe remorseless law of Fate has fixed it; but none of us knows how nearhe is to this limit. Therefore, let us so order our minds as if wehad come to the very end. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balancelife's account every day. The greatest flaw in life is that it isalways imperfect, and that a certain part of it is postponed. Onewho daily puts the finishing touches to his life is never in want of time. And yet, from this want arise fear and a craviing for thefuture+ which eats away the mind. There is nothing more wretchedthan worry over the outcome of future events; as to the amount or the natureof that which remains, our troubled minds are set aflutter with unaccountablefear. How, then, shall we avoid this vacillation?

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"New friends, however, will not be the same." No, nor will you yourselfremain the same; you change with every day and every hour. But inother men you more readily see what time plunders; in your own case thechange is hidden, because it will not take place visibly. Othersare snatched from sight; we ourselves are being stealthily filched awayfrom ourselves. You will not think about any of these problems, norwill you apply remedies to these wounds. You will of your own volitionbe sowing a crop of

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Y ou see that man can endure toil: Cato,on foot, led an army through African deserts. You see that thirstcan be endured: he marched over sun-baked hills, dragging the remains ofa beaten army and with no train of supplies, undergoing lack of water andwearing a heavy suit of armour; always the last to drink of the few springswhich they chanced to find. You see that honour, and dishonour too,can be despised: for they report that on the very day when Cato was defeatedat the elections, he played a game of ball. You see also that mancan be free from fear of those above him in rank: for Cato attacked Caesarand Pompey simultaneously, at a time when none dared fall foul of the onewithout endeavouring to oblige the other. You see that death canbe scorned as well as exile: Cato inflicted exile upon himself andfinally death,/a and war all the while.