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The Remains of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Compare and contrast Stevens and his father. Do they hold the same ideals?

Why is it important that Stevens is a butler, and not a lord or a duke of some kind? How does his profession shape his life? With what result?

Does the narrative ultimately condemn Stevens for the choices he has made? Is the ending hopeful?

Why is it significant that during Stevens's "best years of service" occur while World War II is going on?

Trace Stevens's use of pronouns throughout the novel. What does his use of "I" versus "one" indicate?