Burial Rites Themes & Motifs

Hannah Kent
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Abandonment

Agnes Magnusdottir was condemned to death. She had been tried and convicted of being a murderess. As with any criminal, there was an inherent curiosity as to what brought a young woman who was bright and attractive to such a tragic end. As one of her final rights, she asked for a new spiritual advisor, specifically requesting Assistant Reverend Thorvadur Jonsson, a young priest who was just starting out in his calling.

Even though she had asked for Assistant Reverend Thorvadur Jonsson, or Toti, as he was called, Agnes was at first reluctant to talk to him. He was too young. How could he understand her miseries? But young or not, he persisted and eventually Agnes’ story began pouring out of her. As with many criminals, Agnes’ childhood left much to be desired. She was the unwanted child of a single woman who was not sure...

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