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Essay | Contrast the Use of Humour in "the Remains of the Day" and "a Room with a View"

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Contrast the Use of Humour in "the Remains of the Day" and "a Room with a View"

Summary: In both Kazuo Ishiguro's novel The Remains of the Day and E.M. Forster's novel A Room with a View, humor is used to lighten the mood of serious social commentary. However, the humor in The Remains of the Day takes the form of tragi-comedy, underlining a more deeply rooted sadness in Stevens' character; whereas the humor in A Room with a View is much less tragic, displaying social class difference and the absurdity of upper class pretensions.
Humour within both `The Remains of the Day' and `A Room with a View' is not a theme imminent, as it would be in other texts, but both novels contain a certain humour at times, sometimes at the very absurdity of situations.

Humour in `The Remains of the Day' is often shown through Stevens' unusual understanding of situations, and frequently the absurd situations he is put into. There is an almost farcical atmosphere throughout `Day Two - Morning', where Stevens has been tasked with introducing Mr Cardinal to the `facts of life', which is amusing in Stevens' typically British discomfort with the topic: `with the arrival of spring, we will see a change - a very special sort of change - in these surroundings', as well as the introduction...

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