othello Essay

956 WordsDec 21, 20134 Pages
The Theme of Quest Explored in “Araby” and Atonement In James Joyce’s “Araby and Ian McEwan’s Atonement both authors express that that the characters mature and grow through quests. In Joyce’s “Araby” the boy goes on a quest to the bazaar to meet Managan’s sisters whom he is very interested in. However, because he is a young boy and does not leave his much, and has no source of income there are limitations on his freedom, which ultimately affect his quest. In McEwan’s Atonement Briony goes through a life near long quest in an attempt to repair the damage in which she inflicted on her sister Cecelia, Robbie and her family. However, similar to the predicament the boy from Joyce’s “Araby” goes through, Briony is never able to formally…show more content…
(Freimarck 366) In this quote Freimarck is exploring the idea that the boy is growing up because he is experiencing the feelings of love and romance, feelings that are only experienced by adults. Thus this shows that because of the boys quest to go the bazaar and meet Managan’s sister the boy shows that he is growing up and maturing and it is shows through his actions and his feelings. In McEwan’s Atonement Briony, as a young child, makes a terrible mistake of accusing Robbie of rape, a crime in which he did not commit and because of these accusations he goes to jail. She destroys her relationship with her sister Cecelia, Robbie and her family. As stated by Briony in Atonement “A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended.” (McEwan) In this quote McEwan makes a comparison to the reader that once a material object is broken it is very difficult to pick up the pieces and put it back together and make it look like it was never broken at all. Similar to a relationship once a one is broken it is very difficult to repair it to a point as if nothing happened at all, which is what Briony is on a quest for. By Briony accepting the fact that that her relationship will never be the same with Cecelia, Robbie, or her family is a part of the growing process of accepting the responsibility for what she did and
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