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Transcript of ATONEMENT
When Lola ends up marrying her rapist. "Straining to hear any wavering doubt in their voices, Briony listened to Marshall, then Lola, repeating the worse after the vicar" (419). If Briony hadn't have accused Robbie of raping Lola, Paul would be in Robbie's place and Lola wouldn't be trapped marrying her rapist.
The house - "Her straight-backed dolls in their many roomed mansion appeared to be under strict instructions not to touch the walls; the various thumb-sized figures to be found standing about her dressing table- cowboys, deep-sea divers, humanoid mice- suggested by their even ranks and spacing a citizen's army awaiting orders" (3).
The fountain Scene - "He stood there dumbly as she walked away from him, barefoot across the lawn, and he watched her darkened hair swing heavily across her shoulders, drenching her blouse" (38).
Robbie writing the letter to Cecilia is a foreshadow of their love to be. "He pulled the sheet clear of the typewriter, set it aside, and wrote his letter out in longhand, confident that the personal touch fitted the occasion" (109). The whole book is basically about Robbie and Cecilia's forbidden love.
Briony reading the letter Robbie gave to her to give to Cecilia was foreshadowed by how nosy she is and how Robbie delivered the letter through Briony instead of delivering it himself. "Will you run ahead and give this note to Cee?" (120) Cecilia and Robbie's whole relationship was ruined because Robbie gave Briony the wrong letter to deliver to Cecilia. Although Cecilia's reaction benefited Robbie, Briony now thinks he's a sex maniac.
The social context Ian McEwan used in the novel Atonement was very vivid. Everything that was read could be imagined very well because of the amount of detail used. (See Literary Devices) The way Ian McEwan wrote this novel has a significant role because it's important to be able to picture what you're reading so that you can understand it better. It's already like it's a movie in your mind.
Loss of innocence - Almost every character in Atonement looses their innocence. Briony, Cecilia and Robbie lose their innocence when Briony accuses Robbie of raping Lola. "It was a statement of fact. "It was Robbie"" (212). When Briony reveals this lie Cecilia and Robbie turn against her for the rest of their lives. Robbie being accused of raping Lola put him in jail away from his love, Cecilia. Lola and Paul both lose their innocence when Paul Marshall rapes Lola. "Lola was sitting forward, with her arms crossed around her chest, hugging herself and rocking slightly" (211). Briony and Lola both falsely accuse Robbie of raping Lola even though they both know it was Paul Marshall.