Atonement – Moments of Tension (Chapters 1 and 2)

Wednesday, 6th of May 2020

Page 7

  • “A world could be made in five pages, and one that was more pleasing than a model farm”
    • Using different words, or a different perspective could show a completely different story, a different world. Referencing to how the way people see this world is different depending on their perspective and their interpretations. This could be a metaphoric language?
  • “… falling in love could be achieved in a single word – a glance”
    • And it could also be destroyed, or seen completely differently using a different word, in this case, it could be ‘a glare’ instead and it could still show either love or hate. It is common in romance focused stories for couples to go from ‘enemies’ to lovers, it’s a common trope. However, the relationship between the two characters could be ‘enemies’ throughout the entire story. Words and descriptions can be misleading, and this can lead to many different interpretations of feelings and situations.
  • “The pages of a recently finished story seemed to vibrate in her hand with all the life they contained.”
    • Saying that the story, the pages have ‘life’ could be referencing to the idea that if something is ‘alive’ it must be real. And also seeing what you believe. If you don’t see something, and interpret that as ‘proof’ of it existing, even if you are misled in your interpretation of it, you will see it as real, and convince yourself that that is the only real scenario that could happen (from an outsiders perspective) Linking to the movie scene we watched in class, the first showing of the scene, with Briony’s perspective, from the distance, she probably interprets it completely different. Being so far away, the wet clothes on Cecilia’s body blended with her skin tone, making the illusion from far away that she was naked. However, from the scene from Cecilia’s perspective, we find out that is not the case. This, I think supports the ideas that I’ve been talking about looking at this extract as well.
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