Atonement essay 1

Atonement essay 1 - Judd Andrews THEO 215 Wojda Atonement...

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Judd Andrews THEO 215 Wojda Atonement Essay 1 02/04/08 Briony’s Crime "'Oh Lola.' Briony put out her hand to touch her cousin's face and found her cheek. It was dry, but it wouldn't be, she knew it wouldn't be for long. 'Listen to me. I couldn't mistake him. I've known him all my life. I saw him.' "'Because I couldn't say for sure. I mean, I thought it might be him by his voice.' "'What did he say?' "'Nothing. I mean, it was the sound of his voice, breathing, noises. But I couldn't see. I couldn't say for sure.' "'Well I can. And I will.'" (pp. 157) In McEwan’s novel Atonement , Briony- a precocious yet naïve adolescent, curious about love and more importantly here, sex- is faced with the dilemma of identifying her cousin’s attacker. Having had two recent experiences that shaped her view of Robbie as a nymphomaniac, when confronted with the scene of her cousin being sexually assaulted, she convinced herself that Robbie was the assailant. As her quote above displays, she originally had reasonable doubt, but as the
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