Atonement

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The vase
The vase from the fountain scene can represent the love between Robbie and Cecilia. Their ability to love and stay with each other is broken by someone's (Briony's) mistake and misunderstanding of the situation. Much like how R & C break the vase.
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The vase (continued)
The vase can also represent the fate of the Tallis family's status and history. The vase is the only traditional item they own and it is broken very early on. At the end of the novel the house has completely changed, their history is gone.
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The editorial letter
The editorial letter sent to Briony in part 3 is a perfect representation of a self-conscious narrator. This shows that the whole novel is being watched over and reviewed, like TJ Eckleburg in The Great Gatsby.
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The Tallis house
The Tallis house represents the craving for status and wealth in society in England in 1935. The house is even described as 'ugly' which shows that the house doesn't look nice, just makes the Tallises appear wealthy and high of class.
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The Trials of Arabella
The play that only really shows up and the beginning and end of the novel is a symbol for the fantasy world Briony lives in. She craves any kind of action to occur in her dreary life and uses creativity and literature to achieve this.
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The Trials of Arabella (continued)
Furthermore, it represents her naivety towards certain situations. This is proven as she believes the play will completely alter Leon's mind about women and relationships.
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The vase can also represent the fate of the Tallis family's status and history. The vase is the only traditional item they own and it is broken very early on. At the end of the novel the house has completely changed, their history is gone.

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The vase (continued)

Card 3

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The editorial letter sent to Briony in part 3 is a perfect representation of a self-conscious narrator. This shows that the whole novel is being watched over and reviewed, like TJ Eckleburg in The Great Gatsby.

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Card 4

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The Tallis house represents the craving for status and wealth in society in England in 1935. The house is even described as 'ugly' which shows that the house doesn't look nice, just makes the Tallises appear wealthy and high of class.

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Card 5

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The play that only really shows up and the beginning and end of the novel is a symbol for the fantasy world Briony lives in. She craves any kind of action to occur in her dreary life and uses creativity and literature to achieve this.

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