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Templet 13 November 2015English 217-3M: Art of AdaptationFinal ExamNarrative Analysis: The End of the EndsThe novel itself and the adaptation are both critically acclaimed and have won many awards, but which version of the love story Atonementgives the reader and viewer the preferred clearer ending? Originally published in 2001 by author Ian McEwan, Atonement is a novel surrounding the events of a family over many years of hardship and war, while still being on the never ending quest, for lack of a better word, for atonement. In 2007, McEwan’s novel was adapted by director Joe Wright who did a superb job at traditionally adapting the text and directing his own version, which shares the same name as the book, Atonement. While close to being considered a literal translation of the book, the film had one major difference: the “Final Act” of the film. Contrary to the opening sentence, while possessing different endings both the novel and film versions of Atonement have a strong desirable ending that gives closure to those who view them.The novels final chapter opens with Briony narrating in first person on her seventy-seventh birthday. Learning she has vascular dementia, she shares her feelings. Her feelings rangefrom being excited to feeling depressed. She passes by Lola whom she believes will long outlive her. She later goes to a party in her honor surrounded by many a people she doesn’t know or knows very little. Most are relatives of her relatives that have all grown old. During the event Briony sees much younger versions of herself and her cousins as the descendants of her cousins and brother act out The Trials of Arabella,which was introduced in the beginning of the novel. In
Templet 2the ending, it is learned that Robbie and Cecilia did not live through the war and the whole novel was all part of Briony’s plan for what she believes to be her atonement for the crime she committed against her sister and her lover, all those long years ago. That being the summary of what happened, what does it all mean in terms of strong endings and efficient closure for the novel?