Summary Of Hannah Kent's Burial Rites

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In Hannah Kent’s historical novel Burial Rites, Kent portrays the protagonist Agnes Magnusdottir as a disempowered woman by being an outsider since she didn’t fulfil a women’ characteristics. Agnes’ story circulates around the town, with many people spreading rumours and exaggerated tales of what happened in her past. It’s believed that people in a higher hierarchy or in an upper class have an opportunity to have their say and their renditions of Agnes’ story has more credibility then her own. Kent also notified that it was Agnes’ own culpability since she does not follow the conventions or have the characteristics of a women. For this reason as well, the patriarchal society is disinclined to listen to her and her account of what happened.