When analysing a short story, particular attention should be given to the language employed by the author. The short story “A Family Supper” by Kazuo Ishiguro has a simple language. At times, especially when the father speaks, the language becomes overly-simplified, as in the following example:

“'I am - in retirement. I'm too old to involve myself in new ventures now. Business these days has become so different. Dealing with foreigners. Doing things their way. I don't understand how we've come to this. Neither did Watanabe.' He sighed. 'A fine man. A man of principle.'” 

Notice that in the fragment above, some sentences are very short and even lack predicates. This is also a depiction of the father’s matter-of-fact and strict way of behaving and speaking.

Most of the story rendered through dialogue and little concern is given to imagery and descriptive passages.


In the text, imagery is created with the help of adjectives and adverbs which create epithets. One instance in which ima...

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