Atonement By Ian Mcew Literary Analysis

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In life, a person is bound to make a couple poor choices that they should have reconsidered, and in the book, Atonement by Ian McEwan, readers get to see what actions some characters take and what the consequence of those actions are. Atonement was published in the year, 2001, and took place during the 1930’s, World War II, and present day England; yet, the book was written in a modern way that made it easier for younger readers to connect to the book. The plot is about Briony Tallis, her older sister, Cecilia Tallis, and Robbie Turner. Readers watch the love between the childhood friends, Cecilia and Robbie, grow, however, Briony misinterprets the love between the two and believes that Robbie is hurting her sister. So, when Briony and Cecilia’s cousin, Lola, was found after an unknown predator raped her, Briony automatically believes that the predator was Robbie. She ends up getting Robbie arrested, which separated the young lovers, and the rest of the book is the result of that action. Just by reading the summary, readers are able to tell that the plot, conflict, and characters help show what the theme of the story is. One of the theme of the story is that the poor choices that people make can lead to a big impact that affects them and others, so they …show more content…
The two lovers never got to meet again, a mother lost a son, and young writer lived with the weight of the consequence her past mistakes caused. Although, it appeared that Briony’s mistake was the reason for all of their misery, it was a series of mistakes that led to the outcome they received. This story showed that the actions that people make can have a strong effect on themselves and the ones around them, however sometimes those actions turn into past mistakes, and then they have to deal with the consequences that come with those actions. That just goes to show that “everyone was guilty, and now one was” at the same time in this particular story (McEwan

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