By: Rachel Watts. The central purpose of the book Atonement is seeking forgiveness from a situation in the past that destroyed your life and everyone’s involved. Purpose of the book Atonement.
In this quote Briony feels bad for yelling at her cousins for forcing them to do the play. She was forcing them to do something they didn’t want to do. Briony felt guilty and asked for there forgiveness.
“As for the rest of them, I can never forgive what they did” (196).
In this quote Cecilia is talking about her family. She feels like she can never forgive her family for letting Briony make up a story about Robbie whom she loves. Robbie’s life was changed forever and Cecilia’s family can never take that back.Quotes
In this quote Cecilia is talking about her sister Briony. It has been many years after Briony changed Robbie and Cecilia’s life because of her lie. Briony writes Cecilia a letter informing her of what’s happening in her life. Cecilia feels like Briony is being a nurse just like Cecilia for forgiveness.
“She knew what was required of her. Not simply a letter , but a new draft, an atonement, and she was ready to begin” (330).
This quote is about Briony. She has decided to write a story about her past as a way of seeking forgiveness.
“I gave them happiness, but I was not self- serving as to let them forgive me. Not quite, not yet” (351).
This quote is about Briony. She wrote the story of her past and the situation in her childhood. She made a happy ending for Cecilia and Robbie in her writing, but she still can’t forgive herself for what she did.Quotes Continued…