• 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?
• Why is it significant that during Stevens's "best years of service" occur while World War
II is going on?
• Stevens is the novel’s narrator. Is he a reliable narrator? Can we trust him? Why/why
not? Come to a verdict and give specific examples to illustrate your point.