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"A Family Supper," by Kazuo Ishiguro, is a story of uncertainty, nervousness, emotions, and loss of love in the family.

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A family supper Keywords guilt, loneliness, business partner, narrator, nervousness "A Family Supper," by Kazuo Ishiguro, is a story of uncertainty, nervousness, emotions, and loss of love in the family. The narrator, Ishiguro, is a Protagonist, was born in the Tokyo, Japan. He is returning home from California some two years after the death of his mother. After the WWII, Watanabe's despondency of the loss of the company leads him to take his life and his family members. The Protagonist's mother, who is believed by her husband to have lost hope in her life, commits a suicide as well. The Protagonist's father who lives with the loss of his wife and his friend and business partner, Watanabe, feels hopelessness that leads him to consider suicide as a relief from loneliness and guilt. "A Family Supper," by Kazuo Ishiguro explores the psychology of the desperate father, whose uncertainty about his life will be judged by the bond of love he shares with his son. This story takes place in Japan after WWII. Kazuo Ishiguro returns his native home from California to visit his father and his sister, who lives in the Kamakura district. ...read more.


However, Ishiguro thoughts are never given for himself, but we can portray his character through the conversation and his actions as negligence and irresponsible son, who doesn't care about his family and the need of love, which his parents expect from him. At once, he can't recognize his mother's photograph: "Who is that old women in the white kimono" (470). On one side he says that she looks lot older, but on the other side he says, "It's dark. I can't see it very well" (470). The father is melancholic because his business has recently collapsed. Moreover, there are some family conflicts that are presented only indirectly: the father is prepared to forget his son's unspecified "behavior" (466) in the past and longs for that time when his business did not involve "foreigners" (466); the son (the narrator) recalls his father striking him when he was a boy; the sister contemplates immigration to America with her boyfriend. These conflicts are what the characters do not talk about. The father approves his partner's action for its particular ethic and its general bravery: he calls his partner "a man of principle and honor" (466); later, the father says he wishes that he had been a pilot during the war, because "in an airplane . . ...read more.


The tone is emotional and formal. We see the father always in the sense of uncertainties, nervousness, and desire to have faithful relationship. The narrator is sloppy and never looks at his father's emotions. The father shows him that the bond of love between father and son is far behind the battleship. He illustrates his love by calling his friend "A man of principle and honor" (466). The father offers Ishiguro the opportunity to stay with him by showing "all startlingly empty" (469) rooms. He is desperate that his traumatized family can never be happy. The author beautifully conveys this message by lots of pauses and soft gently conversation. The isolation, the father will feel, leaves an option for him to commit suicide instead of living a disgraceful life. A life with no ambitions will definitely demolish. Kazuo Ishiguro through his emotional feeling and imagery illustrates the need of love and bond of relationship we share in our lives. He proves that how important our elders need love and compassion. Relationship is not about isolation from the rest of the world. It's all about winning the hearts and minds of our elders. Never ever let them feel alone, as the mother never leaves her child alone. The pillars of love will definitely create strong and united families. ...read more.

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