Atonement Literary Elements Essay

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The once best-selling book the atonement by Ian McEwan is now a motion picture. This film stars A list actors, including Kiera Knightly and James McAvoy . The brilliant Director Joe Wright combined with screenwriter Christopher Hampton turns the bestseller into the award winning picture. Though adapted for the big screen, the film still contains important literary elements such as: theme, symbolism, conflicts, and setting.
One major theme of the movie is thing aren’t always as they appear . The major character Briony in many instances misinterprets what she has witnessed and these misunderstanding ruin the life of the people she cares the most about. The first misunderstanding took place in her back yard where she finds her elder
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He would never be good enough for Cecilia. Cecilia's natural destiny of marrying and having children would be only shared with a suitable partner, like the chocolate factory owner Paul Marshall. Paul Marshal was the man who actually raped the cousin but was never suspected, even five years later when Briony realizes it was Paul who raped her cousin; the family thought it was the other work boy Danny. It was because of this discrimination that Cecilia would never be with her true love.
This extends to another theme that love doesn’t always prevail. Though Cecilia and Robbie loved each other whole heartedly, love was not enough. It was because of Briony that Robbie was thrown into jail and then later forced into the army. Life circumstances had kept them apart Even after Cecilia abandon her family and became a working class nurse, Robbie and Cecilia were never together since the night in the library .they were never to see each other again for they both died in 1940.
Themes were not the only literary element presented in the film; symbolism can also be seen throughout the motion picture. The first and most important symbolism to be presented in the film is the typewriter. The typewriter symbolizes life or a way life could’ve been. Briony uses the typewriter to achieve atonement and rewrite the past. Using the typewriter she creates the time that Cecilia and Robbie never had together, the time they longed for and deserved. She gave

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