The Suppression of meaning in Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day

  • ساره خسروی MA of English Literature
  • بهزاد برکت
Keywords: Suppression of Meaning, The Remains of the Day, Unreliable Narrator, Figurative Language, Metaphor, Metonymy.


Undertaking a narratological study of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day, this article tries to focus on the way the language of the novel suppresses the meaning. After illuminating the concept of meaning suppression and its formation, the study offers two strategies with which meaning suppression shows its manifestation: the unreliability of the narrator and the employment of the figurative language. Factors influential in the unreliability of the narrator which contribute to meaning suppression are: first-person narrator, memory telling, discursive habits of the narrator, the contradiction between scenic presentations and commentaries. The other strategy contributing to the suppression of meaning in the novel is the figurative language. The figurative devices in this novel deviate the meaning from its conventional process of understanding and pave the way for the formation of meaning suppression. The devices to be discussed in this article are metaphor, metonymy, irony and euphemism each of which play their roles in fulfilling the goal of the study. The study by bringing evidence from the text highlights their contribution to the goal of the research. What the study proposes as the result is the way Ishiguro with the employment of meaning suppression deviates the meaning from the normal process of meaning formation.
How to Cite
خسرویس., & برکتب. (2020). The Suppression of meaning in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day. LANGUAGE ART, 5(3). Retrieved from