Klara and the Sun

by

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Beggar Man Character Analysis

Beggar Man is a man Klara watches through the window of the store run by Manager. Beggar Man seems to live on the street with his dog, and one day he stops moving, leading Klara to wonder if he’s dead. No one on the street does anything, but, on the next morning, Beggar Man gets up. Because it was a sunny morning when Beggar Man recovered, Klara believes it was the Sun that healed him (in part because she herself is solar powered). This incident inspires Klara to ask the Sun for help later, when she hopes to cure Josie from her life-threatening illness.

Beggar Man Quotes in Klara and the Sun

The Klara and the Sun quotes below are all either spoken by Beggar Man or refer to Beggar Man. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Meaning of Love Theme Icon
).
Part One Quotes

When we were new, Rosa and I were mid-store, on the magazines table side, and could see through more than half of the window. So we were able to watch the outside—the office workers hurrying by, the taxis, the runners, the tourists, Beggar Man and his dog, the lower part of the RPO building.

Related Characters: Klara (speaker), Beggar Man, Rosa, Josie, Manager
Related Symbols: The Sun
Page Number: 1
Explanation and Analysis:

The next morning, the grid went up and it was a most splendid day. The Sun was pouring his nourishment onto the street and into the buildings, and when I looked over to the spot where Beggar Man and the dog had died, I saw they weren’t dead at all—that a special kind of nourishment from the Sun had saved them.

Related Characters: Klara (speaker), Beggar Man
Related Symbols: The Sun
Page Number: 38
Explanation and Analysis:
Part Three Quotes

“Please make Josie better. Just as you did Beggar Man.”

Related Characters: Klara (speaker), Josie, Rick, Beggar Man, Mr. McBain
Related Symbols: The Cootings Machine, The Sun
Page Number: 163
Explanation and Analysis:
Part Five Quotes

But I’m remembering how delighted you were on that day Coffee Cup Lady and Raincoat Man found each other again. You were so delighted and couldn’t help showing it. So I know just how much it matters to you that people who love one another are brought together, even after many years.

Related Characters: Klara (speaker), Josie, Rick, Beggar Man, Coffee Cup Lady and Raincoat Man
Related Symbols: The Sun
Page Number: 271
Explanation and Analysis:
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Beggar Man Character Timeline in Klara and the Sun

The timeline below shows where the character Beggar Man appears in Klara and the Sun. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part One
Faith and Hope Theme Icon
Environmentalism Theme Icon
On Klara’s fourth day in the window, she witnesses something strange with Beggar Man (a man who lives on the street with his dog). She sees Beggar Man just... (full context)
Part Three
The Meaning of Love Theme Icon
Faith and Hope Theme Icon
Environmentalism Theme Icon
...for help from the Sun for Josie, since the Sun did so much to help Beggar Man . (full context)
The Meaning of Love Theme Icon
Faith and Hope Theme Icon
Environmentalism Theme Icon
...aloud) and asks the Sun to make Josie better, just like the Sun did for Beggar Man . She apologizes to the Sun if her request seems selfish and promises that she’ll... (full context)
Part Five
The Meaning of Love Theme Icon
Faith and Hope Theme Icon
Environmentalism Theme Icon
...to stop pollution. She once again asks the Sun to help Klara as it helped Beggar Man . She says she willingly gave up some of her fluid and would willingly give... (full context)
Part Six
The Meaning of Love Theme Icon
Costs and Benefits of Progress Theme Icon
Faith and Hope Theme Icon
Environmentalism Theme Icon
Klara believes the Sun helped Josie just as it helped Beggar Man . Seasons and years go by. Josie does well with tutorials and she and the... (full context)