Burial Rites

Burial Rites Epilogue Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
The epilogue takes the form of a document written by Blöndal confirming that Fridrik and Agnes were both led to the execution place. Fridrik was killed first, then Agnes was brought in and her head was cut off. The heads were put on stakes at the execution site and the bodies were buried.
Kent’s presentation of Blöndal’s final letter contrasts the flatness of the objective account that Blöndal describes in the letter with the subjective account in the rest of the book, showing how each presents a different kind of “truth.”
Themes
Truth and Liberation Theme Icon
Women, Violence, and Innocence Theme Icon
Literacy, Language, and the Icelandic Landscape Theme Icon
Class, Colonization, and Hierarchies of Power Theme Icon