Atonement Essay

Atonement Essay - Natalie Cook Mr Hay AP English Literature...

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Natalie Cook            Mr. Hay AP English Literature            25 October  2007 Human Manipulation of Love Ian McEwan’s  Atonement  explores the concept of love between man and woman and  denounces the clichéd view of love as a blind, uncontrollable force of nature that drives humans to  behave irrationally. The characters in his novel do not suffer as ‘victims’ of an irrepressible force of  love, but rather, they  choose  to indulge in a manufactured love that they themselves design. McEwan  presents this love as being a work or an art of the mind, and not entirely a force of the heart over  which they are powerless. McEwan communicates his idea of the refinement of human love through  Cecilia’s proclamation of her willingness to wait for Robbie, Lola’s self-consoling wedding with  Paul Marshall, and Briony’s contrite creation of the fairytale that preserves Cecilia and Robbie’s  love. The fabrication of the love stories in the novel depicts McEwan’s thoughts on love: that  humans take love into their own hands, and that in doing so, illustrates that love cannot thrive on its  own and write its own happy endings. Early on in the novel, Cecilia and Robbie experience a wildly fervent attraction for one 
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This note was uploaded on 09/22/2008 for the course LIT AP LIT taught by Professor Hay during the Fall '07 term at Marymount.

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