- Created by: Rachel.9
- Created on: 28-01-19 12:09
Uncle Clem’s vase: - symbolism
- Family heirloom was given to Jack Tallis’s brother Clem to commemorate Clem’s liberation of a village near Verdun in World War I
- Early in the book, while Cecilia and Robbie flirt, they accidentally damage the vase. Cecilia disrobes and goes into a fountain to retrieve the broken piece, and Briony witnesses this event and understands it to signify that Robbie has mistreated her sister.
- This misunderstanding, forms the basis for Briony’s notion that Robbie is guilty of ****** Lola
- The accidental destruction of a Tallis family heirloom leads to a major rupture in the Tallis family itself, and the token won in World War I that honours the family leads to the breaking apart of the family in World War II.
Trials of Arabella: - symbolism
- Briony authors and appears in The Trials of Arabella in much the same way that she authors and appears in the book as a whole
- The play’s reappearance within different contexts of the narrative illustrates the way that Briony’s role is beyond her control, even when she herself has authored the part she plays
- Trials of Arabella also mimics the actual story of Atonement, as it tells the story of a heroine and her doctor, which matches up with the story of Cecilia and Robbie.
- In the play it is Briony as Arabella who ends up with the doctor, Robbie in actuality doesn’t end up actually a doctor, the happy ending does not resolve all their misfortune or anger at Briony herself and it creates a kind of resonance that illustrates both how people grow while staying in some ways the same, and how literature both can and can’t capture and affect the…