By preserving dignity to the degree that he has done

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from Darlington Hall, proves how embodied his existence has been. By preserving dignity to the degree that he has done, Stevens has led himself to losing his sense of
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4 humanity with respect to his own personal self. He is unbelievably determined to hold onto his dignity that he practically creates a straightjacket for himself preventing him from noticing any emotions whatsoever. Even when Stevens had strongly adored Miss Kenton, he was never able to express it. He believes that it is improper to fall in love with someone who works below him in the manor house as well as believe that it would truly distract him from performing as a great butler. He is no longer able to pursue his desire of a relationship and love with Miss Kenton leaving him socially constricted. Stevens is crucially blind to his own inability to let go of work and pursue his own human desire. As the novel developments, Stevens eventually becomes convicted of his own fear, ideally demolishing any chance he had for true love. Through his final conversation with Miss Kenton, he states, “I do not think I responded immediately, for it took me a moment or two to fully digest these words of Miss Kenton. Moreover, as you might appreciate, their implications were such as to provoke a certain degree of sorrow within me / at that moment my heart was breaking. Before long, however, I turned to her and said, as you say, it is too late to turn back the clock” (Ishiguro 239). By the time he finally comes to terms with his own weaknesses, it is far too late. In conclusion, the only thing remaining in Stevens’ life is his duty and he must finally gain the courage to sacrifice his desires entirely.
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