Cecilia is without any doubt one of the main characters of Atonement written by Ian McEwan. He is

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Cecilia is without any doubt one of the main characters of Atonement written by Ian McEwan. He is able to show the reader her passionate, pensive and passive state through her behaviour and attitude in various scenes. Her character is not as deep as Briony's or Robbie's as the reader does not get many chapters in which one can hear her thoughts and feelings. Nevertheless Cecilia's actions say a lot about her; how she took of her her clothes to get to vase manifests her stubborness and well. More over her character is further developed through her interactions with Robbie from the letters she sends him. The reader feels that Cecilia is idle at the start of the novel. She goes to her home however she is not enjoying her stay and her…show more content…
However Robbie does so out of concern for Polly who was cleainig the floor. Furthermore when the incident of the vase occurs, she does not acknowledge that it is their attraction which makes them nervous, so she links it to class difference again. Her undressing near the fountain and plunging in the fountain suggests that Cecilia views herself as one of the Furies or Erinyes, the merciless Goddesses of vengeance in Greek and Roman mythology. She thinks that if the drowns, it will be Robbie's punishment, 'drowning would be his punishment'. This reminds the reader of Cecilia's over-dramatisation. Cecilia's thought about how she cannot smoke in her father's presence and how she disobeys this rule makes the reader think that she believes that since she went to University and spent three years amongst the most sophistacated, she is now indipendent. The lector witnesses Cecilia's preparations in the dressing for dinner. She is unsettled and changes her dress twice before she is satisfied with her appearance. It seems that she wants to impress someone, maybe Robbie. This idea commences when Cecilia goes infront of the mirror before going out to fill the vase with water, '...she wondered about going out to Robbie. It would save her from running upstairs. But she felt uncomfortable and hot, and would have like to check her appearance in the large gilt mirror above

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