Postmodernism in Atonement

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Postmodernism reflected in the novel Atonement The novel was divided into four parts: Part one revealed the root of all conflicts. In the summer of 1935, Briony Tallis, an English girl with a talent for writing, lives at her family's country estate with her older sister Cecilia. One day, Briony sees a moment of sexual tension between Cecilia and Robbie Turner, the son of the Tallis family housekeeper and a childhood friend of Cecilia's. Later on, her cousin Lola is raped and Briony accuses Robbie and identifies him to the police as the rapist. Robbie is taken away to prison. Part two came to the WWII. Robbie has spent 2–3 years in prison. He is then released on the condition of enlistment in the army to fight in war. Cecilia has trained and become a nurse. They have only been in contact by letter. In France, the war is going badly and the army is retreating to Dunkirk. The injured Robbie falls asleep in Dunkirk, one day before the evacuation. Part three was that remorseful Briony has refused her place at Cambridge instead as a trainee nurse. She has realized the full extent of her mistake. Briony attends the wedding of her cousin Lola and Paul Marshall before finally visiting Cecilia. She promises to begin the legal procedures needed to exonerate Robbie. Part four was the final part. The fourth section, titled "London 1999", is written from Briony's perspective. She is a successful novelist at the age of 77 and dying of vascular dementia. It is revealed that Briony is the author of the preceding sections of the novel. Although Cecilia and Robbie are reunited in Briony's novel, they are not in reality. It is suggested that Robbie Turner may have died of septicaemia, caused by his injury, on the beaches of Dunkirk and Cecilia may have been killed by the bomb that destroys the gas and water mains above Balham Underground station.
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