Monday, April 25, 2011

The Ending of Atonement

I enjoyed the ending of Atonement. It was interesting. Briony, at the end, told the reader that the events that we read may or may not have happen. In this case, her narration is a lot like O'Brien's in that when he talks about killing the star-eyed soldier, the reader really doesn't ever know if he really killed the person or if, to him, it felt like he had. Also, in the book Lying, Lauren Slater definitely takes the reader for a ride when she says she has epilepsy, but then changes the truth, by saying she doesn't. In Life of Pi, Pi gives the interrogators two stories, allowing them to choose. Either story could be true; both stories could be false. Briony is like Pi. She describes in detail her sister and Robbie standing with her as she is about to depart for the train. However, she hints at the fact that Robbie died of septicemia and Cecilia died by a bomb. As a reader, I choose to belief the former. I feel that this book fit in really well with the other readings because it seemed to twist the truth in writing. As I was reading this, I was only thinking that this book relates to this class because of Briony's perception and memory, but because on the last page, she questions her story and thus the reader questions her story.

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