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Kazuo Ishiguro

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the-remains-of-the-day-kazuo-ishiguroSources: British Council, Butler School, Encyclopaedia Britannica, IMDb, New York SunCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Stevens, Mortimer's Pond, Dorset, Day 2t would seem there is a whole dimension to the question what is a great’ butler?”Miss KentonHead housekeeper; loves Stevens and is more open with emotions than he is James StevensMeticulous and mannerly head butler serving Lord Darlington; devoted to protocolBorn in Nagasaki, Japan, Ishiguro began living in England when he was six years old. His award-winning fictional worksincluding novels, short stories, and screenplaysexplore the nuances between what people tell themselves and what actually happens. His characters often engage in storytelling and reminiscing.KAZUO ISHIGUROBORN 1954The Remainsof the Dayby the NumbersYear the novel won the prestigious Booker Prize for English-language novels 1989Year the film adaptation starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson was released1993Butlers in Britain near the beginning of the 21st century, compared with 30,000 in the 1930s ~5,000In his more than 30 years as butler at Darlington Hall, James Stevensreferred to as Stevens in the novel—has endured Lord Darlingtons death and a new master. As he drives six days to rehire a housekeeper, he relives his past masters fascism, political discussions at formal dinners during the world wars, and his own lost love.What the Butler SawTHEMES Social ConstraintsPrinciplesStevenss rigid dedication to his professional principlesloyalty, duty, dignityrepresses his feelings.Class conditions restrain Stevens: a butler takes orders quietly while masking his own feelings.Lord DarlingtonAristocratic admirer of Hitler; loses his reputation by supporting fascists Mr. StevensSets the example of a great butler for his son Stevens LossStevens and Miss Kenton lose family, their dreams and ideals die, and Darlington loses his reputation.AuthorMain CharactersSymbolsButlers PantrySymbolizes how Stevens defines, isolates, and confines himself in his professionEnglish CountrysideRepresents the quiet decorum Stevens values in being a great butlerTimekeepingRepresents the professional constraints that bind StevensKazuo Ishiguro1989EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageThe Remainsof the DayHistorical

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