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Kurzes Referat über die Darstellung von Britain und America in dem Buch "The Remains of the Day". ( Im Anhang is die Word-Datei, da ist das ganze tabellarisch formatiert ).

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Britain and America in The Remains Of The Day


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Britain and America in ‘‘The Remains Of The Day“

Englishness
- English countryside, which is very beautiful, reflects the English people with its “calmness” and “sense of restraint” unlike other countries (“the English landscape of its finest - […] – possesses a quality that the landscapes of other nations […] fail to possess.” (p.29, ll.62f).)
- only Englishmen can become great butlers because they have got a code of honour and values like decency and fair play (“true English gentlemen”) (“It is sometimes said that butlers only truly exist in England.” (p.44, l.18).)
(- Lord Darlington (table) )

America
- reflected by Mr. Lewis who is an American
 Mr. Lewis is very brash, confident and unafraid to voice his opinions or to be unpopular. He also is ruthless in his means of trying to get his own way.
Mr. Lewis’ speech is full of passion and emotion, very much to the point and direct, which makes it “un-English”.
(- Mr Farraday (table) )

Lord Darlington (English)
Mr Farraday (American)
- no perfect gentleman (He doesn’t defend Stevens when Mr Spencer asks him questions he can’t answer and all the others laugh (p.183/184) although he feels sorry for it the next day.)
- taken in by the Nazis
- antidemocratic (“Democracy is something for a bygone era” (p. 185, ll.61f.) )
- embodies terms of dignity and Englishness
- “Lord Darlington’s essentially shy and modest nature” (p.61, ll.57f.)

Relation to Stevens:
- superior position (“Yes, sir.” p.75, ll.56f.)
- Lord Darlington always talks about his own, personal topics (p.75)
- awkward manner of addressing Stevens (He pretends to read an encyclopedia while he and Stevens are talking about Stevens’ father (p.63, ll.40f.).)
Stevens prefers him to Mr Farraday although he has got this serious English behaviour (Possible reason: Stevens had his heyday at Darlington Hall under Lord Darlington.)
- unused to English ways
- casual bantering with Stevens (“But I must say this business of bantering is not a duty I feel I can ever discharge with enthusiasm” (p.19, ll.45f.).)
- doesn’t take everything that serious and is more easy-going than Lord Darlington, maybe even open-minded (“A lady-friend. And at your age.” (p.17, l.46).)

Relation to Stevens:
Stevens doesn’t know how to handle Mr Farraday’s bantering and easy-going way of life (American lifestyle) and so he feels insecure when Mr Farraday makes his jokes. He is just used to Lord Darlington’s completely different behaviour. Although Mr Farraday is really nice to him and gives him his car for a journey so that he can get out of his work for a few days (which shows that Mr Farraday really cares for him) Stevens doesn’t mention that he likes him or something similar. Another reason for preferring the time under Lord Darlington is Stevens’ heyday which he obviously had at that time.






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