I feel that the organization of our world limits our choices. How could we clarify how this organization constrains us from greater participation in our world? In some ways, we are in the hands of...

I feel that the organization of our world limits our choices. How could we clarify how this organization constrains us from greater participation in our world? In some ways, we are in the hands of the elected leaders to make wise choices for all of us. Can this statement highlight how in "The Remains of the Day" Stevens is challenged and presented as a more sympathetic figure?

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In The Remains of the Day, the organization of the world has a significant impact on Stevens's choices and actions.

Ishiguro creates a complex portrait of Stevens's decision-making abilities. The organization of his world does limit his choices.  One way this is demonstrated is in his professional identity.  Stevens is a butler.  As such, he is compelled to serve Lord Darlington.  Stevens's profession impacts his choices in how he defers to Lord Darlington in issues of national affairs.  Regardless of his personal beliefs, voicing opposition would go against his beliefs about what it means to be a butler.  When Stevens talks about what it meant to serve Lord Darlington, it is clear that he places himself in a position that constrained him from greater advocacy:  "Throughout the years I served him, it was he and he alone who weighed up evidence and judged it best to proceed in the way he did, while I simply confined myself, quite properly, to affairs within my own professional realm."  Stevens's deference to Lord Darlington creates sympathy for him because it shows how the organization of Stevens's world limited his decision-making abilities.  Through Stevens, Ishiguro reflects how the hierarchy of the world can impact our participation in it.

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