Atonement - How Does Robbie Portray Feelings of Strength and Bravery on Pages 223 to 225?

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How does Robbie portray feelings of strength and bravery on pages 223 to 225? In section 2 of the novel Atonement Robbie and others have just been attacked and people are left severely injured in the process, I will be exploring how he portrays feelings of strength and bravery throughout this time period in comparison to others. Firstly on page 223 it quotes “they helped him to his feet and offered to take him over to the ambulance”, immediately this quote indicates that Robbie is given sympathy by McEwan in an attempt to counteract what he had been accused of previously in the novel, this quote sees him as kind, helpful and rather brave even though he himself has injured his right hand his concern lies purely to others. Shortly after this the major goes off and Robbie decides to put himself forward and do the RAMC captains job, this decision is one of pure bravery and belief, his is determined aside from his injury to step in and do what is necessary once again reinforcing his strength. “Helped on the stretcher parties bringing in the wounded”, Robbie shows the true acts of a RAMC by helping the people who are stretchering the bodies of himself and bringing in the wounded, another kind act showing bravery. It is irony though how he is helping out the wounded and doing all these kind gestures even though in contrast he is a criminal to the family of Briony, McEwan uses this contrast effectively to make what Briony accused Robbie of as an even bigger deal. “There was no sign of the corporals. He fetched and carried supplies from the back of an ambulance”. This quote ultimately outlines his true bravery and character, the corporals have fled and gone off somewhere else yet he has had the courage to carry on and help out the injured people. The fact that McEwan says that the corporals have gone off is used to emphasise how brave Robbie is being. After this a full

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