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atonement-ian-mcewanNarrator, Book 1, Chapter 3he truth had become as ghostly as invention.Sources: BBC, The Guardian, IanMcEwan.comCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Order vs. ChaosBrionys obsession with control leads to suffering.Coming of AgeBrionys attempt to grow up too fast is her undoing.Power of WordsBriony learns words can be used to both create and destroy.ThemesBriony TallisImaginative girl; tries to make up for falsely accusing Robbie of raping her cousin and destroying his future with Cecilia by writing” AtonementCecilia TallisBrionys impulsive older sister; loves Robbie and believes in his innocence but never gets to see him again before she diesRobbie TurnerStudious young man and son of the Tallis familys housekeeper; falls in love with Cecilia but dies in WWII after being falsely imprisonedMain CharactersA titan of British literature, McEwan often explores weighty themes such as identity and the nature of truth. McEwan drew from his fathers experiences fighting in the Battle of Dunkirk in World War II and his fascination with the psychology of false beliefs to write Atonement.IAN MCEWANBORN 1948AuthorRepresent female charactersdesires to look mature and attractiveDressesRepresents the fragility of a love torn apart by false accusationsVaseSymbolizes the desire for life, emotional rebirth, and freedom from guiltWaterWhen 13-year-old Briony misinterprets her sisters budding romance with their servants son as something more sinister, she steps in with tragic results. Briony spends the rest of her life attempting to atone for her error. A Childs Mistake Destroys LivesSYMBOLSEnglishOriginal Language2001Year PublishedIan McEwanAuthorAtonementDramaNovel

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