4 Briony likes to think that it isnt weakness or evasion but a final act of

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4. “[Briony likes] to think that it isn’t weakness or evasion, but a final act of kindness, a stand against oblivious and despair, to let [her] lovers live and to unite them at the end” (479). a. The only possible way to atone for what she did is to create a happy ending for them. Although she cannot physically reunite them, she is able to leave behind a written life of happiness in which they will be remembered. 5. “[Briony gives Robbie and Cecilia] happiness, but [she is] not so self-serving as to let them forgive [her]” (479). a. Briony believes that because her fictional ending does not leave Robbie or Cecilia forgiving her, the ending was not as much for her own benefit as it was for theirs. 6. “[Briony is] too old, too frightened, too much in love with the shred of life [she has] remaining…[she] no longer [possesses] the courage of [her] pessimism (478).
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a. Briony is too frightened of what her mind would do to her if she allowed herself to believe the truth, that her actions actually killed both of them, therefore she admits that she has to be optimistic in order to survive. 7. “[Briony faces] an incoming tide of forgetting, and then oblivion….[the events that took place] will only exist as [her] inventions” (478). a. Because the only lasting record of the true events is known to Briony, she is able to leave the world unawares because of her fictional ending. Because she too will soon forget the accurate accounts of her actions, what is left is only her fictional story. 8. “…how can a novelist achieve atonement when, with her absolute power of deciding outcomes, she is also God?” (479). a. Briony realizes that she has no one to whom she can ask forgiveness, because she also acts as God. She creates and ruins life within her novels, therefore the only way she can atone is to create an ending better than the reality. 9. “It was always an impossible task, and that was precisely the point. The attempt was all” (479). Third Body Paragraph: Topic Sentence: Both Medea and Briony have strong personalities that enable them to make their decisions and endure the consequences of their actions. 1. “…[Medea’s] passion is master of [her] reason, passion that causes the greatest suffering in the world” (78.1079-80). a. Medea’s passion drives her to commit murders, but it also protects her from being overwhelmed by guilt. Instead of focusing on her own blame, she is able to focus all her hatred and blame of Jason.
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  • English, Tone, Briony, a. Medea, a. Briony

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