Discourse and identity have long been recognized as being intimately intertwined because language both expresses and constitutes our sense of self. At the same time, our idiolect and modes of speech contribute to how we see ourselves and shape and confirm our identity. In Ishiguro’s writing, unadorned language is correlated with honesty, whilst elaborate language is correlated with moral confusion. This chapter examines the inflexible language of Ishiguro’s insecure male narrators and contrasts it with the more supple and ethically responsive discourse of his female narrators.
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