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is truly contrived by humans and does not really manipulate people to behave unreasonably. McEwan offers Briony’s tale of Robbie and Cecilia’s being together in the end as a comfort for the reader, who longs for Robbie and Cecilia to live a long life of love together (324). However, when Briony reveals the truth about Robbie and Cecilia, McEwan snatches back our ‘happy ending’ and shows that manufactured love, as the story is constructed by Briony, is not true love, but humans’ yearning to experience love (350). Thus, Ian McEwan’s Atonement serves as a lesson to us to not fall into the traps of believing that love takes control of people and makes them lose their minds, because it is actually their minds that conjure up the love. McEwan illustrates with the characters of his novel that it is not love that manipulates us, but rather we who manipulate love. Perhaps McEwan is urging us to let go of the fixated control we take over love, as Cecilia, Lola, and Briony also do, and to truly allow nature to take its course and assuring us that doing so will result in the happy ending for which we yen.