English Literature Final Essay Outline

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English Literature Final Essay Outline 21:37 Upstairs vs. Downstairs Stevens inhabits two worlds. There is the 'upstairs' world which involves serving Lord  Darlington and Mr. Farraday and all their guests -- a world in which he must maintain  rigid formality and attentiveness at all times. Stevens sees himself fully as an extension  of Lord Darlington at this point - without his own desires or identity. In the 'downstairs'  world, however, Stevens is not subservient, and instead fully in charge of his own staff.  In one world then, he is acquiescent, while in the other he takes the reins. These two  worlds come into conflict precisely because they require different conceptions of identity.  Upstairs, Stevens must learn to let go of his own ego, feelings, and desires in order to  do his job as professionally as he can. Downstairs, however, Stevens finds his feelings  constantly stirred by human events - the death of his father, falling in love with Miss  Kenton, the firing of two maids because of their religious faiths. Upstairs, then, he wears 
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