Deconstruction of Identity in Kazuo Ishiguro’s “When We Were Orphans”
The present paper looks at ways in which identity is deconstructed in “When We Were Orphans”. Banks, the main
character, is a detective who fails at finding his parents and, at the same time, at metaphorically establishing order in his
world. More than that, as an orphan, Banks fails at defining himself through his past and his nationality which he perceives
to be connected. He is also an unreliable narrator whose memory is the only access to his story which is set in the larger
context of a troubled history.
Index terms - Identity, Detective, Orphan, His Story, History