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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro’s book The Buried Giant presents an interesting story of an elderly Briton
couple that searches for their lost son. The protagonists in the book are Axl and Beatrice, who
tirelessly search for their child in a distant village. Although Beatrice has a poor health status and
advanced age, she is incredibly determined to see her son, to the extent that she is willing to risk
her life just to satisfy her quest. Therefore, this book presents a story of a woman suffering from
acute stress and depression which makes her make irrational decisions that lead to her untimely
death.
Although Beatrice is losing her memory, she is still willing to search for her son. This
mission is frustrated by the fact that she can barely remember his appearance. When speaking
with Axl, she says, “But Axl, we can’t even remember those days or any of the years between.
We don’t remember our fierce quarrels or the small moments we enjoyed and treasured. We
don’t remember our son or why he’s away from us” (Ishiguro 45). Therefore, Beatrice’s search
for her son is partly motivated by the desire to find him before she entirely forgets his
appearance. She is convinced that unification with her son will ease her stress and pain. While
that is a good strategy, in reality, it exposes her to the grave danger of getting lost. Additionally,
the couple could have used more efficient and cheaper methods, such as a messenger, which
would have enabled them to avoid the risk of getting lost.

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Beatrice’s state of losing her son, facing loneliness, and suffering from memory loss
expose her to dangers of psychological ailments such as depression. An analytical view of her
life reveals that she is separated from modernity, lonely, and sick, which are conditions that can
lead to stress and subsequent loss of memory. For example, Beatrice and her husband live on the
outskirts of their village and away from the fire that keeps other residents warm. Similarly, the
loss of her only child makes her lonely, and she longs for his company. In her anguish, Beatrice
remarks, “Axl. Can it be our own son left us in anger one day and we closed our door to him,
telling him never to return” (27). Furthermore, a wise man named Jonus diagnoses Beatrice with
a terminal disease, which has been ailing her for a long time (154). The combination of these
tragedies naturally stress her and impair her judgment. Although Beatrice’s decision to search for
her son was a suicide mission, it is important to sympathize with her and understand that she was
severely depressed. In this regard, her search for her son aims at filling the void with her, which
she believes will heal her pain.
Beatrice’s desire to unify her family is what ultimately leads to her death. Her desire is so
extreme that it makes her take the risk of departing to the island alone in the search for her son. It
is surprising how concerned she is with rejoining the members of the family despite the fact that
they are dead. When expressing her opinion on the need for unifying the family, she says, “He’s
our Son. So I can feel things about him, even if I don’t remember clearly. And I know he longs
for us to leave this place and be living with him under his protection. He’s our flesh and blood,
so why would he not want us to join him(25). This statement shows her overarching desire to
unite her family. Additionally, Beatrice is motivated to search for her son when she recalls the
place where he lives. She remarks, “How did we ever forget? Our son lives on an Island. An
island seen from a sheltered cove, and surely near us now” (303). Accordingly, she departs to

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Surname 1 Surname Tutor Course Date The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro Kazuo Ishiguro’s book The Buried Giant presents an interesting story of an elderly Briton couple that searches for their lost son. The protagonists in the book are Axl and Beatrice, who tirelessly search for their child in a distant village. Although Beatrice has a poor health status and advanced age, she is incredibly determined to see her son, to the extent that she is willing to risk her life just to satisfy her quest. Therefore, this book presents a story of a woman suffering from acute stress and depression which makes her make irrational decisions that lead to her untimely death. Although Beatrice is losing her memory, she is still willing to search for her son. This mission is frustrated by the fact that she can barely remember his appearance. When speaking with Axl, she says, “But Axl, we can’t even remember those days or any of the years between. We don’t remember our fierce quarrels or the small moments we enjoyed and treasured. We don’t remember our son or why he’s away from us” (Ishiguro 45). Therefore, Beatrice’s search for her son is partly motivated by the desire to find him before she entirely forgets his appearance. She is convinced that unification with her son will ease her stress and pain. While that is a good strategy, in reality, it exposes her to the grave danger of getting lost. Additionally, the couple could have used more efficient and cheaper methods, such as a me ...
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