OK, I finished A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro last night, and am completely disturbed. I need to talk about it. If you haven’t read this book. Memory is an unreliable thing: the analysis of memory in “A Pale View of Hills” by Kazuo Ishiguro. Kazuo Ishiguro’s A Pale View of Hills () details the thoughts of Et- suko, the protagonist, and her conversations with her younger daughter. Niki in England.

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Because, Memory, I realize, can be an unreliable thing; often ishiburo is heavily coloured by the circumstances in which one remembers, and no doubt this applies to certain of the recollections I have gathered here. The theme of memory is one of the recurrent motifs connecting the first three novels by Kazuo Ishiguro.

The Remains of the Day concerns Stevens whose memory is a just a screen for his numerous regrets. The story of a young woman named Sachiko and her daughter Mariko plays a crucial role in the novel. The present events and memory of the past while Etsuko lived in Japan create a tangled web of regret and guilt. Sachiko is proud that she comes from a ishigueo family, even though the distinguishedness can be only seen in her old and delicate teapot.


Her selfishness begins to surface when the reader discovers that Mariko does not go to school and that Sachiko leaves Mariko wandering in the woods at dark.

Mariko has undergone traumatic experiences in Tokyo and because of that she imagines seeing a woman wanting her to take her biew the woods. Even though Mariko has serious mental problems, Sachiko has no qualms about it saying that Mariko has made it up. All in all, we create an image of a selfish and egocentric mother. On the other hand, Etsuko does not want to talk with Niki about Keiko even though, quite ironically, Keiko is their only subject of conversation.

The analysis of memory in “A Pale View of Hills”

Clearly, she feels a great amount of regret, but the reader is deprived of the real reason why she feels like that. Only at the end of the novel did Etsuko admit her failings and tells Niki:. The plot is constructed in the way that the reader can notice a parallel between Etsuko and Sachiko. They are both constantly making excuses for their actions. They are both constantly reminding themselves that they have made right decisions.

However, Sachiko constantly repeats: Also, after talking about Keiko with Niki, Etsuko says:. But such things are long in the past now and I have no wish to ponder them yet again.


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Having this information on mind, we may conclude that Sachiko and Etsuko are quite similar. We may conclude that Etsuko does not have enough strength to talk about her guilt openly.

She needs another story to face the guilt more easily. Whatever the facts were about what happened to Sachiko and her daughter, they are viw interest to Etsuko now because she can use them to talk about herself.

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I was trying to explore. Finally, we proceed to the role of memory in the novel. Remains of the Day: About Contact Crew Write. Only at the end of the novel did Etsuko admit her failings and tells Niki: Also, hils talking about Keiko with Niki, Etsuko says: Undergraduate student of English language and Literature.

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