The Remains of the Day

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?

• 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.

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