A Bolt from the Blue in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day


  • M. Meghaa Ph.D Scholar, Department of English (Aided), Kongunadu Arts and Science College(Autonomous) Affiliated to Bharathiar University, Tamilnadu, India
  • Shobha Ramaswamy Head, Department of English (Aided), Kongunadu Arts and Science College(Autonomous), Affiliated to Bharathiar University, Tamilnadu, India




Trauma theory, Psychoanalysis, mind, society, human nature, identity


Kazuo Ishiguro, receiver of the Nobel Prize for Literature in the year 2017, isa Nagasaki-born writer. He developed his writing career in the year 1982 and many of his novels have historical contextual ideas. The literary attributes of Ishiguro's works are acknowledged for his uniqueness in English writing and method. It blends the sequence of the plot, to the extraordinary subjectivity of the portrayal, and to the historical sensitivity which truly interweaves with the depictions.The nostalgic and evocative characteristics of his writings make him the master of prodigious artistic works. The renowned novel of Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day, which bagged him the prestigious Booker Prize in the year 1989, portrays the psychological niceties associated with the protagonist of the novel, Stevens.  Stevens is a butler who works under an aristocrat whom he revered the most at the beginning but later he was betrayed by knowing the facts of his lordship being associated with the Nazis during the World War.  Through the Trauma Theory this paper anatomizes the traumatic experiences of the mind, ramifications of thoughts and also the restrained dealings of human nature.This theory investigates the effect of trauma in writings and society, by examining its mental, logical, and social criticalness.The novel relocates the inherent presence of the theory throughplenteous incidents and contemplates on Stevens’ thoughts.



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How to Cite

Meghaa, M. ., & Ramaswamy, S. . (2020). A Bolt from the Blue in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 8(11), 96-105. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i11.10837