As the short story “A Family Supper” by Kazuo Ishiguro was written in 1982, it was probably the author’s intention for the story to be read as a contemporary one. The time setting is, then, the end of the twentieth century.

Physical setting

The main physical setting is Japan, more specifically Tokyo and the place where the father’s house is built, the Kamakura district. A search on the internet would reveal that Kamakura was the seat of the Shogunate (a military dictatorship) until 1333. This detail further enhances the fact that the narrator’s parents come from a place infused with strictness and tradition.

The secondary physical setting is the house of the father and the rooms in which the characters di...

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