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The Remains of the Day by Kazuo IshiguroThe 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 embarrassed in order to maintain this philosophy He is asked by a drunken guest of Lord Darlington some questions pertaining to current events Rather than attempt to make up an answer Mr Stevens instead gets embarrassed by saying that he doesnt know This story illustrates that a truly great butler must know his place in the house and know that he was not hired because of his political opinions The next thing that Mr Stevens is trying to decide comes as a result of his new American employer This employer enjoys engaging
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