Atonement - What Does This Novel Have and Say About Secrets and Lies?
In Atonement, narrative writing is a powerful force, which is both creative and destructive. It fulfils the desire to bring order on a chaotic world. Ian McEwan suggests through story telling can be a way to escape the harsh reality by controlling situations. Atonement shows the danger of story-telling, the danger of the artist’s ego, as it is a form of deception and destruction. However, it can reveal the transcendent truths; the power of the imagination, the importance of human love and the need of atonement.
Ian McEwan explores the desire to create fictional realities to control and escape the chaos of the real world. In chapter one, we are given a glimpse of Briony’s …show more content…
Narrative writing is a form of secrets and lies that can cause destruction for the victim and others around them. Briony’s creation of fiction leads to her crime, as she perceives events through the distorting lens of fiction. All these fabricated scenarios she created has ‘trapped herself’ because she was naïve and obsessed with the control and power. The religious terms used such as ‘congregation’ and ‘massed’ shows her sacrificing the truth and Robbie because she wanted to avoid acknowledging reality. McEwan describes Briony’s lie as a ‘crime’, using criminal language to show how serious and destructive her story-telling has lead to. Briony’s ‘crime’ will bring her ‘eternal damnation’. Her actions have brought the lives of Robbie and Cecelia to remain incomplete, highlighted through the use of ‘un’ foreshadowing Robbie and