Examples Of Pride In Atonement

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The Price of Pride in “Atonement” Joe Wright’s Atonement is an Academy Award winning romantic drama released in 2007. Based on a novel of the same name by Ian McEwan, Atonement depicts the happenings and aftermath of a single, selfish act committed by the main character, Briony Tallis. Briony is an intriguing, masterfully crafted character who possesses a myriad of layers and subtleties that compound into the core of her personality; vain, proud and cowardly. In many ways, Briony is not just a character. She is a symbol, an example of the extent of human pride and selfishness. While most movies have definite lines of black and white and right and wrong, Atonement bleeds into shades of grey as it challenges the viewer’s interpretations and perceptions, with the paradoxical question being, “Can one ever atone for a sin that destroyed somebody's…show more content…
This is shown in the fountain scene, and again in the library scene, and is in part to show how Briony’s imagination and interpretation can run wild and how pridefully stubborn Briony is about her understanding of things. As stated before, Briony puts a lot of stock into her imagination and logic, and this causes her to place herself on a pedestal and jump to conclusions about what she sees. A series of events (beginning with the fountain scene, the letter from Robert to Cecilia, the library scene and then the forest scene) leads Briony to believe Robert is a “sex-maniac” and therefore guilty of the rape. In the forest scene, when Lola is raped by an unknown perpetrator, Briony coerces her cousin into believing that Robert was the guilty one. Thinking herself infallible in her reasoning, Briony adamantly accuses Robert of the crime. Even though she couldn’t be sure, Briony makes use of the incriminating letter Robert sent to Cecilia earlier as a proof of her claims and lies to the
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