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Essay(: - Atonement

            Atonement had its ups and downs. There were points that make someone ask questions, or you fall in love with a character. When I read it, I was completely thrown off by Briony. She had this thing about her that said “I want to be the center of attention”. But the character that deserves the most credit in this incredible story is Robbie. Robbie didn’t physically show it, but he had this drive that kept him going. I believe the wrong things that happened helped him grow as a person especially  finding his way back to Cecilia.

             Robbie and Cecilia must have had this fatal attraction ever since they were young and when they attended school together. So when he was deciding to write the letter, he wanted to show his affection for her but he didn’t want to be straightforward. That’s understandable in their case because when her mom found out about what was going on, it was frowned upon. McEwan truly showed the love between Robbie and Cecilia by writing of their times apart. When they weren’t together, you knew they were instantly thinking of each other. Honestly, it’s the most epic romance I have ever read. They each live on by knowing the other person is waiting for them. It’s like when Cecilia said, ”Come back to me.” you knew that everything was going to be alright.

             Ian McEwan wrote Robbie as this guy who had confessed his love only to have it taken away by someone who got the wrong impression of him. Briony was a young incompenent girl who thought that everything was right in her eyes, until she caught Robbie and Cecilia making love in the library. After Robbie was wrongly accused of the rape of her cousin, his luck just seemed to go in the trash. But him being in the army was his way of finding the right time to deal with the incident in the past. Yes, when Briony apologized so many years later, it was upsetting, but he was that strong of a person to forget about everthing and focus on his life with his one and only. Even Cecilia, she lost her true love to someone else’s crime, but it made her a better person. She knew she would always have Robbie in her life, in anyway she could possibly think of.

              They had every right to be angry at Briony for basically ruining their lives when she came to them to apologize. Robbie showed extreme power as he casted his anger towards Briony. He was completely done with the girl, and wanted her to tell him the truth to his face. The only thing I was doing at the point in reading was saying to myself, “Why on Earth would you wait until after the culprit covered his tracks and married his victim to come clean with who REALLY committed this absurd crime.” Anyway, the point that I believe was made is Robbie realized that all hope was lost of him ever getting unconvicted, but it didn’t stop him from coming to terms with his love life and still fighting in the army. And to me, that is a power all of its own. That is how I believe McEwan wanted Robbie’s character to be, strong and bold.

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Just the simplest of words can make everything seem like it’s going to get better.

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The Long Road to Happiness

Robbie has literally been to hell and back. He probably didn’t suspect that Briony was thinking the wrong things about him. Honestly out of the whole book, he was my favorite character. He was just this servant for this family to whom he happened to love the eldest daughter, and through the toughest times, he still kept his head up. There was a part in Part Two that I really enjoyed. “…Turner found himself too afflicted by impressions, too fevered, too exhausted to sleep. Through the material of his coat he felt for the bundle of her letters. I”ll wait for you. Come back. The words were not meaningless, but they didn’t touch him now. It was clear enough —- one person waiting for another was like an arithmetical sum, and just as empty of emotion. Waiting. Simply one person doing nothing, over time, while another approached.” It led to me to believe that there was still hope for him to get his happily ever after. Robbie is the kind of person who didn’t deserve for bad things to happen to him, but he makes the most of it.

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Oh, the love between Robbie and Cecilia is so magicial. They have known each other since they were young and they have this connection that the reader can automatically assume that they LOVE each other. I just hate that things have to come between them. Possibly, my favorite exchange between these two lovers was when Robbie was WRONGLY accused of raping Lola, and Cecilia runs to him and says, “Come back to me.” After I read that, I sighed and said aloud, “I wish I had a love like them!!!”

Oh, the love between Robbie and Cecilia is so magicial. They have known each other since they were young and they have this connection that the reader can automatically assume that they LOVE each other. I just hate that things have to come between them. Possibly, my favorite exchange between these two lovers was when Robbie was WRONGLY accused of raping Lola, and Cecilia runs to him and says, “Come back to me.” After I read that, I sighed and said aloud, “I wish I had a love like them!!!”

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Truly bounded by love. I haven’t got to watch it but it looks very very exceptional.

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No.. no.. Briony had no right to read the letter that was MEANT for Cecilia. I can see her concern as a sister as she watches their fatal attraction to each other, but that is invasion of privacy in my opnion. Now that she read the letter and she feels that way towards Robbie, she is going to automatically try to get them two to not see each other!

No.. no.. Briony had no right to read the letter that was MEANT for Cecilia. I can see her concern as a sister as she watches their fatal attraction to each other, but that is invasion of privacy in my opnion. Now that she read the letter and she feels that way towards Robbie, she is going to automatically try to get them two to not see each other!

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Opposites Attract

I’m in the process of reading, and I’m wondering if Robbie has more feelings for Cecilia then she does for him? But I think she is going to fall deeply for him once I start getting into the book. Briony sees the attraction between her sister and Robbie, and I have a feeling that she might get some sort of jealous that Cecilia is spending more time with Robbie then with her. But who knows? I will just finish this chapter and find out what happens…