2. “Oh, I am ruined, utterly ruined!” (57.278). 3. “…wrong a woman in love and nothing on earth has a heart more murderous” (57.263-4). 4. Medea refers to Jason as an “unspeakable wretch—[her] tongue can utter no worse abuse against [his] spinelessness” and considers him “[her] worst enemy” (62.467-9). She believes that it “is no feat of arms or audacious stroke, to subject one’s own family to ill- treatment and then look them in the face, but [rather] the malady that plagues mankind more than any other: shamelessness” (62.469-72). a. Medea is also very rash and emotional. Because of these personality traits, she is able to make herself believe that murder is the only option left for her. The diction used in these passages especially complements her strong emotions. 5. “Briony’s [room is] a shrine to her controlling demon” (5). 6. Briony “[wishes] for a harmonious, organized world…” (6). 7. “Mayhem and destruction were too chaotic for [Briony’s] tastes…” (6). 8. “[Divorce] was a mundane unraveling that could not be reversed, and therefore offered no opportunities to the storyteller, [Briony]: it belonged in the realm of disorder” (10). a. Briony likes to have control in her life, forcing her to take charge and have things go her own way. She blames Robbie for Lola’s rape because of this trait and also creates a new ending to her sister and his lives when she does not approve of the real outcome. 9. “Nothing in her life [is] sufficiently interesting or shameful to merit hiding…and no one [wants] to know” any of the little things about her life that she finds important (6).
10. Briony believes that “[it is] not impossible” to “conjure them at [her] birthday celebration…Robbie and Cecilia, still alive, still in love, sitting side by side in the library, smiling at The Trials of Arabella (480). a. Briony also likes a lot of attention and drama in her life; therefore her actions reflect these desires, leading her to rash decisions and unwanted consequences. She is able to overcome the emotional turmoil resulting from these consequences by writing a story, drawing more attention to herself. b. Briony adds the dramatic affect at the end of the novel when she decides that it could be possible to bring Robbie and Cecilia back to life through her stories. This proves how her personality helps her overcome the emotional trials caused by her actions.