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92704 Per 1 Stevenss Flashbacks A Journey of Doubt Often when one realizes a belief or an ideal they have been so ardently following is a farce one tries to deny this by reliving and glorifying their past to assert the belief This can be clearly seen in Ishiguros novel The Remains of the Day through the protagonist Stevens Stevens believes in an outdated definition of dignity passed down to him by his father It stresses professionalism at all times emotional restraint and a blind loyalty to his Lord Darlington However with the death of Stevenss father Lord Darlington and the absence of an old-fashioned staff he loses those who exemplified dignity and brought out this quality in him He tries to relive the past by telling of his fathers death the firing of the Jewish maids and the death of Miss Kentons aunt In order to deny he is losing this once esteemed dignity Stevens consistently tries to create a security for himself by flashbacks but in doing so progressively reveals to the readers feelings of doubt and regret Stevens father was the epitome of dignity for Stevens the one who maintained a detachment from emotions in order to practice servitude and professionalism at all times Stevens tries to recount various points where he glorifies himself like his father As Stevens recounts when his father was ill the elder Stevens had said Im proud of youI hope Ive been a good father to you I suppose I havent p97 Although Stevens brushes this off with a nonchalant remark the readers begin to grow a doubt that perhaps Stevens is looking towards the wrong ideals Stevenss present employer was Mr Farraday a man who was genuine and kind indeed but who did not exemplify the venerable dignity Stevens was striving for Without any vestiges of dignity from his past in Day Two of his journey in Salisbury he recounts a flashback which gives him strength
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