When readers read this part of the novel they tend to feel sorry for Briony

When readers read this part of the novel they tend to

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When readers read this part of the novel, they tend to feel sorry for Briony because she explains her thoughts on how she believes Robbie betrayed her love and how hurt she was which led her to tell this awful lie. This gives readers a different perspective of Briony because she makes it seem as if she is the victim instead of Robbie. It is important that readers do not pity Briony because she is the one who brought this onto herself. At the end of the book, readers easily “mis-read” the “happily ever after”. At the end of part two, readers learn that Robbie is seriously injured in the war and readers are led to believe
Wilson 2 he will not survive past this point. “I promise, you wont hear another word from me” (250). However, in part three we learn Robbie magically survives these injuries. Cecilia and Robbie’s wedding follows and this is the “happily ever after” Briony wants readers to believe. At the end of the novel, Briony yet again tricks the readers by making us believe there was a happy ending but the truth is that Robbie did not make it back from war. “She felt the distance widen between her and another self, no less real, who was walking back toward the hospital. Perhaps the Briony who was walking in the direction of Balham was the imagined or ghostly persona” (311). Briony guides readers from Robbie and Cecilia’s wedding back to the hospital which Robbie was in after war, but this time Robbie did not survive. The ongoing theme of “mis-readings” plays a major role in the novel Atonement . These “mis-readings” include those of both Briony and the readers. Briony alters the way she understands situations because of the fantasy world she lives in. On the other side, the “mis- readings” of Briony can sway how a reader perceives her overall and can deceive readers of the “happily ever after” ending. Without these “mis-readings” this novel would be less interesting.

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