Departmental Bulletin Paper “Father” in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Novels : a Comparison of a Father-and-Child Relationship and Grandfather-and-Grandchild Relationship Focusing on The Unconsoled

Taketomi, Ria

19pp.4 - 17 , 2015-12-28 , Society of Comparative Cultural Studies, Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University
In Kazuo Ishiguro's The Unconsoled, it is obvious that Boris indicates his hunger for his father's love. For example, Boris carries around the second-hand handiwork manual which his father gave him for his birthday. When his father is away from home, he creates a story in his head to fight the mobs away with his grandfather, so that his father will come back home safely. These are the reasons why the protagonist has been compared to the central character of Kafka's The Trial. In this paper, however, I am not going to base my argument on the Oedipus struggle or father-complex as many scholars have done. Instead I will compare the father-and-son relationship and grandfather-and-grandson relationship in Ishiguro's novels and consider the meaning of “Father” in The Unconsoled.

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