Briony In Ian Mcewan's Atonement

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The power of an author enables changes and drastic alterations to occur in any part of the story to any character. Ian McEwan’s Atonement portrays an author within the book that has God-like power when dictating the lives of other characters. Briony serves as the God-like author that shifts the future of Cecilia and Robbie from shattered to passionate by the movement of her fingers on a typewriter. As Briony tries to reach atonement, she creates a story she wishes were true to fulfill her guilt-ridden past and comfort her with forgiveness, but her story only serves to prove she is selfish and seeks reconciliation only to console herself. When Briony tells Lola it was Robbie who raped her, that marks a pivotal moment in the story as …show more content…
In her attempt to reach atonement, Briony creates a fairytale so Cecilia and Robbie can live happily but the story was truly created for Briony’s selfish yearning for forgiveness and reconciliation. Remorse and sorrow torment Briony as she constantly thinks of Robbie and Cecilia being deprived of true love, Briony sulks in pity thus the creation of their love story to make up for destroying their lives. Briony feels she has found atonement because she allowed Robbie and Cecilia an opportunity at love and pleasure through her narration but in reality, they were stripped of true joy and ended up dying alone. Even as an old woman, Briony still feels guilt-ridden for sending Robbie to jail and unintentionally ruining everyone’s lives so much so that she wears a dress that resembles the same dress she wore on that awful day and her hair is styled in the same way it was that day as well (Atonement, Wright). The end of the novel is a vital part that reveals Briony’s power as a writer and her possessiveness protrudes illustrating ownership of her characters and their lives are ultimately in her hands. Creating this …show more content…
Destroying someone’s life then creating a fictional story of a better life in hopes of balancing out the mistakes is not sufficient enough because that life was truly destroyed and creating a happy ending simply in a story will not change the fact that their reality was annihilated. Although Briony’s effort is admirable it is not adequate and does not relinquish her from the responsibility of depriving her sister and friend of experiencing true love. As the almighty powerful author, in control of anything written on the page, Briony is not in control of the curveballs life throws or the chaos that may follow but solely her actions and taking complete accountability for such

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