Dedication in Kazuo Ishiguro's the Remains of the Day and Orhan Kemal's Murtaza

Görmez M. B., Görmez A.

1. International Anglo-American Cultural and Literary Studies , Mersin, Turkey, 16 - 18 November 2022, pp.152-153

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Mersin
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.152-153
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


A person's devotion and love to his profession are rare situations that can make him happy and move forward in life. But as with everything else, when the dose of this devotion and love goes too far, things take an unexpected turn. These unexpected situations may result in harming those around him as well as himself. The Remains of the Day is a 1989 novel by Nobel laureate, British author of Japanese origin, Kazuo Ishiguro. The protagonist of the novel, James Stevens, works as a butler in one of England‘s most important mansions. He is known for his extreme loyalty and devotion to the rules and excessive discipline towards his employees. Murtaza (1952), on the other hand, is one of the important works in Turkish literature by Turkish writer Orhan Kemal. Murtaza, the main character who gave the book its name, is a security guard who has a dream of becoming a martyr fighting like his uncle Kolağası (Senior Captain) Hasan, devoting himself to his superiors and the tasks given to him by his superiors, and is willing to sacrifice even his own children for this cause. These two characters‘ extreme loyalty and sense of mission, ignoring anyone and anything else, and the consequences of this will be discussed and compared in this paper.

Keywords: Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day, Orhan Kemal, Murtaza, loyalty.