Analysis Of Ian Mcewan 's Atonement

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California State University, Fullerton

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Khanh Dinh Le
LBST 401
Professor Tobias
March 7th, 2015

While it is widely accepted that historical or descriptive narratives produce knowledge, is the same true of fiction? Can fictional narratives such as novels produce knowledge, and if so, what kind? Consider this question in relation to Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement.

It would be very difficult for anyone to find a person who stated that historical or descriptive narratives did not produce knowledge. Can the same thing be said for the genre of historical fiction? In an analysis between historical narratives and historical fiction, we will see what do these two topics share, and what kinds of knowledge does historical fiction produce. What is it about historical narratives that give readers a sense that going into it, that they will become knowledgeable about a certain topic? What is considered knowledge in a historical narrative? I would say what a makes a historical narrative is that it contains facts such as dates, accounts of events, and information about the lives of people. These types of things can be measured through various forms of tests. (we know how much emphasis is put on what a person can recall). As a result, a reader may say that historical narratives are much more objective. Also, the writers of these historical novels are able to make connections to the modern day with the readers. But aside from the obvious…

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