Presentation on theme: "Ian Mc Ewan: Atonement Atonement: to make reparation for a sin or a mistake."— Presentation transcript:
Ian Mc Ewan: Atonement Atonement: to make reparation for a sin or a mistake.
Motif - writing The novel raises questions about the power of story-telling to both destroy and repair. It is about the story-teller’s imagination. It is a novel about a novel and why writers write. It considers the idea that imagined worlds can be more real and satisfying than our own. Compare the two accounts of the fountain scene, pages with pages 38 – 40 and the library scene, page123 and 133. Story telling can both betray us and redeem us. We are asked to consider what is ‘truth’.
Time Frame Part One – 1935 Part Two – the war years – Robbie (page 191) Part Three – the war years – Briony (page 269) London, 1999 (page 353)
Themes Love Passion / Control Class Power of story telling Friendship Childhood Parenting Precariousness of daily life Forgiveness Mateship Art Selfconciousness War The law Art Presence of the writer Truth
Some key questions Why does Cee not react badly to the note? (pages ) Why does Briony say that Robbie attacked Lola? (What do we learn about Briony’s nature in Chapter 1? pages 164 – 170) Why does Lola not tell the truth? (pages 59 – 62) What does Emily contribute to the events of the night? (page 148)