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Transcript of Atonement
Jessica Gronke, and Molly Petray Atonement by Ian McEwan What is Atonement? Characters *England
*Begins at the Tallis household
*Hospital in London
*Takes place in 1935 through WWII and skips to around 64 years later Ian McEwan Ian McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England. He studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970. He received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia. Themes *Honesty Briony Setting Cecilia Robbie ~Very Imaginative
~Grows up and matures
throughout novel ~Held her own
~In love with Robbie
~Started own life
At the end of the novel, the reader finds out that parts of the book may not have happened. Many things we as the reader thought we know may be false. The book shows multiple points of view, so we get to see how each character perceives each situation. ~Empathetic for him
~Foil for Briony
~Frustration for his situation Briony falsely accused Robbie of rape and caused him to go to jail, then war. She persuaded her cousin Lola that her attacker was Robbie, just because she thought Robbie was dangerous. *Atonement The whole purpose of this book was atonement, or making amends for wrongdoing. Briony craved reconciliation, but had to live with the guilt her whole life. *Reality / Perception *Innocence -Briony ceases to be a "child" after the events on that night in 1935.
-Cecilia loses her innocence after the events that transpired on that same night
-The whole country is exposed to the horror of war *The Power of Writing "A world could be made in five pages, and one that was more pleasing than a model farm. The childhood of a spoiled prince could be framed within half a page, a moonlit dash through sleepy villages was one rhythmically emphatic sentence, falling in love could be achieved in a single word--a glance. The pages of a recently finished story seemed to vibrate in her hand with all the life they contained."
McEwan's works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim such as: -the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories
-the Whitbread Novel Award (1987)
-the Prix Fémina Etranger (1993)
-Germany's Shakespeare Prize in 1999
-the WH Smith Literary Award (2002)
-National Book Critics' Circle Fiction Award (2003) Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction (2003)
-the Santiago Prize for the European Novel (2004). -the Reader's Digest Author of the Year for 2008 More Characters Fiona Paul Marshall Leon Tallis Jackson & Pierrot ~Briony's cousin
~15 years old at beginning of story
~victim of sexual assault Jack & Emily Tallis McEwan uses a 'stream of consciousness' narrative style, where the reader directly follows the thoughts of the narrator. Atonement uses a story within a story, and show the point of view of multiple characters to add depth. Literary Style ~creator of Amo bars
~friend of Leon's ~Cecilia and Briony's brother
~away at school ~E suffers from migraines and is always in bed
~J is absent and always at work ~Lola's twin brothers
~run away Literary Criticism
satisfaction or reparation for a wrong
or injury; amends. More Themes “A story was a form of telepathy. By means of inking symbols onto a page, she was able to send thoughts and feelings from her mind to her reader's. It was a magical process, so commonplace that no one stopped to wonder at it.” “How guilt refined the methods of self-torture, threading the beads of detail into an eternal loop, a rosary to be fingered for a lifetime.” “The cost of oblivious daydreaming was always this moment of return, the realignment with what had been before and now seemed a little worse. ” “It wasn't only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you.” “How can a novelist achieve atonement when with her absolute power of deciding outcomes, she is also god?” R S M R S J S R M J The Beauty of Conjuring
by: Claire Messud ~Power of storytelling
~Struggle with internal vivid than outside lives
~Briony and McEwan indistinguishable
~Psyches of ordinary people in unhinged time White Lies
By:Tome Shone ~Perfect fictional equivalent for ways and workings of trauma
~Moral pressure behind sentences
~Woman key role
~Scenes of escalation