Blog posts due / Presentations: Monday, May 21
Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing the text. Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.
For presentations, choose one topic per group. Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it can’t just summarize the story. You must e-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.
- What does Stevens care most deeply about? Does he believe that he has lived up to his own standards?
- Miss Kenton threatens to leave when Lord Darlington fires the Jewish maids, and doesn’t. Is she less wrong, or more wrong, than Stevens, who does nothing?
- Realistically, do you think Miss Kenton could have been happy married to Stevens?
- Some critics feel the book is funny. Do you agree? Where is there humor in the story?
- Ishiguro is famous for having “unreliable narrators.” Give some examples of Stevens’s inability to see things as readers see them. What blinds him, or gets in his way of understanding, especially when it comes to Lord Darlington?
- What is the meaning of the “banter” which Stevens feels he should learn to do? Why does he return to that idea at the very end of the novel?
- One of the most beautiful scenes in the novel, and one of Stevens’s strongest memories, is him and Miss Kenton watching his father from a window. Why is this such a vivid memory?
- What do the characters Stevens meets and stays with during his vacation teach him about himself? Give some examples.
- Are there other themes or ideas in the novel you think are interesting?