The Buried Giant


Kazuo Ishiguro

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The Buried Giant Symbols

The Mist

Throughout The Buried Giant, the characters speak of a mist that descends upon them and robs them of both their short-term and long-term memories and they discuss what the cause of the mist might…

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The Giant’s Cairn

Near the end of the story, Axl, Beatrice, Sir Gawain, Wistan, and Edwin meet at the top of a mountain near a mysterious monument known as the giant’s cairn, which sits…

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The Island

In the world of the novel, death is a physical journey in which a boatman ferries a person across the water (reminiscent of the River Styx) to mysterious island—supposedly the physical location of the afterlife…

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