Essay on Remains of the Day

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Remains of the Day



The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The passage in The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro, which best represents the theme
of the story is found on page 116, last paragraph of the page. This passage is one of the
final discussions Mr. Stevens has with respect to his trying to determine what makes a
great butler. However, it is only one out of many possible examples. In this specific
instance he is saying that one can be a great butler only if he works for an employer who
addresses moral issues.

Mr. Stevens is very interested in trying to decide two things. Firstly, he wants to know
the exact qualities that make a butler the best at his profession. Not only does he say
what he did in the passage, that the employer must be moral, but he also focuses on direct
aspects of what the butler does. Examples of this are his emphasis on creating a good work
sheet, and on doing a totally errorless job.


Mr. Stevens later discusses that, contrary to what was fashionable at the time, a butler
should not have an opinion on current events. He states that while other butlers work very
hard at learning useless facts, it is more important to spend that time working on the
house. This is further shown through a story Mr. Stevens tells where he lets himself be
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