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Final Thoughts on Summer ReadingMichelle RosenbergThe first writers’ ideas illuminated Atonementin a new way. I had considered the factor warfare played in the novel, but I did not relate it to Brionys’ actions. This writer described Briony’s dilemma approaching adulthood, a monumental time for change. Briony “is faced with a choice between creation and warfare, and in that flash, she tragically chooses violence and destruction”. I failed to consider that Briony’s lie might have been subconsciously intentional. I approve with the writer’s perception, but I also could argue that Briony does create in a different sense. She lives a melodramatic lifestyle, so she needed to add drama to the plot. She needed her story to make sense. Briony views Robbie as a threat after seeing him with Cecilia in the pond then reading his letter. She needed the story to fit, so she needed to believe Robbie raped Lola. This idea is expressed through James Wood’s review of Ian McEwan as well.