Thursday, September 2, 2010


This big question can be connected to the novel Atonement. Atonement, by Ian McEwen is a story of how love prevails even in the eyes of betrayal and lies. On a hot summer day the lives of everyone in the Tallis family were about to drastically change. Thirteen year old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia with Robbie Turner at a fountain on the family estate. She mistakes the situation for something that it is not, setting a series of misunderstanding into motion that will have lasting consequences on all of them. Robbie is a friend of the family and is discovering new feelings for Cecilia. After the scene at the fountain, Briony reads a disturbing letter intended for Cecilia form Robbie. When her cousin Lola is raped she tells the police it was Robbie when in fact he is innocent. Through this series of events the new found love between Robbie and Cecilia is put to the test. There is not a limit on the love Cecilia and Robbie share. In this passage Cecilia is expressing her powerful feeling for Robbie, "I've never had a moment's doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely. You are my dearest one. My reason for life. Cee." Robbie was sent to jail for his alleged Molestation, and there love remained true. Cecelia exiled herself from her family, there love remained true. Robbie faced the horrors of war and their love remained true. When Cecilia’s family believed Robbie to be a rapist she could have stayed with her family and forgotten about her love for Robbie. When Robbie was falsely prosecuted due to lies of Broiny, Robbie could have forgotten about Cecilia. Instead of giving up on love the pair did not place a limit on what they would do for love.

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