Briony Tallis in Atonement Essay

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Prompt: Choose a character from a novel or play who responds in some significant way to justice or injustice. Then write a well-developed essay in which you analyze the character’s understanding of justice, the degree to which the character’s search for justice is successful, and the significance of this search to the work as a whole. Do no merely summarize the plot. There are many ways a person can respond to what he or she perceives as justice or injustice. People can be so driven on a quest for justice, that they lose themselves and others along the way. A person can find what he or she thought was justice, but can wind up with something that was not expected. People can accomplish great things seeking justice, but they can also cause damage when injustice is the result. Many times, to truly understand justice, a person must see more than one viewpoint or else a person may be biased towards one understanding. After misconstruing what she believed to be a rape scene, Briony Tallis seeks justice, which has devastating consequences for her, and many other characters of Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement. The missing component of Briony’s search for justice is that she does not fully understand it. After witnessing the fountain scene, she immediately builds up a negative perception of Robbie Turner. She never asked her sister for her account. “This is the main issue; Briony’s inability to understand that the real world is not her story and that the people around her are not characters and will not fit into the roles she has made for them” (Sernham 3). Briony never found out what was truly happening, or why it was happening. She rushed into an opinion and never considered anything else. The letter from Robbie to Cecilia also leads Briony to believe that Robbie is an immoral person. Briony does not understand that Robbie mixed up the letters, and that was not

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