The Buried Giant

by

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Edra Character Analysis

Edra was a young Briton woman whom Sir Gawain met during a major battle between Britons and Saxons. Edra as searching for the Saxon who killed her mother and sisters, and Sir Gawain promised to help her if she would wait for him while he went on a mission with Merlin and a band of knights. Edra did wait, and Sir Gawain brought her into the battle, where she found the Saxon lord and violently killed him. Sir Gawain had been attracted to Edra, but now, for him, she represents the violent hatred that was born out of the civil war between Britons and Saxons.
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Edra Character Timeline in The Buried Giant

The timeline below shows where the character Edra appears in The Buried Giant. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Gawain’s First Reverie
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Denial and Rewriting History Theme Icon
...a band of men the first time. Furthermore, Sir Gawain had fulfilled a promise to Edra, a “young maid” who was determined to get onto the battlefield to get revenge on... (full context)
Memory, Truth and Justice Theme Icon
War, Peace, Vengeance, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
Love and Hatred Theme Icon
Denial and Rewriting History Theme Icon
As Sir Gawain watched Edra kill the Saxon, Axl appeared on the battlefield. Axl was without a shield and showed... (full context)