The Buried Giant


Kazuo Ishiguro

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Marta Character Analysis

Marta was a young girl living in Axl and Beatrice’s warren. One day, Marta went missing and everyone in the warren panicked and decide to go look for her, afraid that an ogre or giant had taken her. However, they forgot about her before they could go find her, which alarmed Axl, who still remembered her and was appalled that she was forgotten so quickly. Marta showed back up by herself, but Axl frequently thinks about Marta and this incident as an example of just how powerful the mist that makes people forget is.
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Marta Character Timeline in The Buried Giant

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Chapter 1
Memory, Truth and Justice Theme Icon
...steady run of such puzzling episodes.” One of these episodes involves a young girl named Marta who was unusually adventurous and had wandered off shortly before nightfall. Fearful that ogres or... (full context)
Chapter 3
Memory, Truth and Justice Theme Icon
War, Peace, Vengeance, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
...treated: “there [is] a reserve, almost a coldness” rather than jubilation. This reminds Axl of Marta and he wonders if the boy was being forgotten when he was suddenly found. Beatrice... (full context)