Duty, Honor, Country Address at West Point
In May 1962, General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) delivered this address to cadets at West point. A five-star general, MacArthur played a prominent role in the Pacific theater campaign during World War II, and from 1919-1922 served as the Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
When and How to Pair: Have students read “Duty, Honor, Country Address at West Point” after completing the section of “Remains of the Day” titled “Day One-Evening / Salisbury” to focus on the novel’s themes of duty and professionalism. Ask students to analyze how MacArthur’s argument — for soldiers to focus on their basic duties while leaving greater questions on politics and progress to greater minds — fits within Steven’s philosophy of being the perfect butler. Students should readdress this question after reading each subsequent section of the novel, particularly “Day Two-Morning / Salisbury” and “Day Six-Evening / Weymouth.”