History Literature / Atonement

9th Aug '17 3:06:32 PM fearlessnikki
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* IAmVeryBritish: As most of the characters are upper class, the actors all posh up their voices considerably. Robbie sports this voice too despite being lower class - as he's brought up around the family.



* ThePenance

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* ThePenanceOutOfCharacterMoment: When Briony visits Robbie in the London flat, he threatens to throw her down the stairs; quite different from the calm and soft-spoken Robbie we're used to. Especially compared to his TranquilFury when Briony faked drowning. [[spoiler: This is a clue that the scene is entirely made up by Briony]].
* ThePenance: A non-physical example. Once Briony matures and realises the extent of what she's done, she refuses a position at Cambridge and volunteers as a nurse.



* [[spoiler:ShootTheShaggyDog]]

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* [[spoiler:ShootTheShaggyDog]][[spoiler:ShootTheShaggyDog: Robbie and Cecilia both die in the war, before either getting to be together or Briony attempting to make amends. Marshall and Lola get away with their crimes, and Briony eventually gets dementia.]]



* StarCrossedLovers: Not initially. Although Cecilia is higher class than Robbie, he's a friend of the family and it's implied they probably wouldn't have objected to them getting together. [[spoiler: But then Robbie is falsely convicted as a rapist and both of them later die in the war]].

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* StarCrossedLovers: Not initially. Although Cecilia is higher class than Robbie, he's a friend of the family and it's implied they probably wouldn't have objected to them getting together. [[spoiler: But then Robbie is falsely convicted as a rapist and both of them later die in the war]].war. Cecilia even states that her family stopped her from visiting Robbie in prison]].



* WarIsHell

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* WarIsHellWarIsHell: Present but it isn't the bulk of the story. [[spoiler: It is however the reason the lovers never get to be together]].
18th Jul '17 8:55:52 AM Noraneko
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As for the plot, it's relatively simple. Briony Tallis, a young [[MostWritersAreWriters writer]] thinks her older sister Cecilia is being sexually harassed by her childhood friend Robbie Turner, also the son of her family's housekeeper. The two are in fact considering a consensual relationship.

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As for the plot, it's relatively simple. Briony Tallis, a young [[MostWritersAreWriters writer]] thinks her older sister Cecilia is being sexually harassed by her childhood friend Robbie Turner, also the son of her family's housekeeper. The two are in fact considering a consensual relationship.
relationship. But the lie she tells leads to lasting, tragic consequences that threaten the happiness of the couple.
25th Apr '17 12:25:21 PM Noraneko
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* GutPunch: [[spoiler:Though the tone was bleak as it was, there was the faint HopeSpot that Robbie and Cecilia managed to survive and live happily together, but TheReveal shows that both lovers, the most sympathetic characters, died without seeing each other after the meeting in the cafe.]]
6th Nov '16 5:00:04 AM Aquila89
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* SexyBacklessOutfit: The emerald green dress Cecilia wears in the library scene.
2nd Nov '16 8:15:42 PM siberia82
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* WolverinePublicity: For the official [[http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~nishiken/images/img318.jpg Japanese poster]], Creator/KeiraKnightley is much more noticeable than her male co-star, even though Creator/JamesMcAvoy has the most screen time.

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* WolverinePublicity: For the official [[http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~nishiken/images/img318.jpg Japanese poster]], poster]] and the [[http://images2.static-bluray.com/movies/dvdcovers/96487_front.jpg Canadian DVD artwork,]][[note]]which incorrectly lists Knightley's name first[[/note]] Creator/KeiraKnightley is much more noticeable than her male co-star, even though Creator/JamesMcAvoy has the most screen time.
12th Aug '16 8:09:58 PM Wyvern76
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* ChekhovsGun: Robbie seen looking at a wound on his chest hands as he and his two men begin their march. [[spoiler: Foreshadowing the septicaemia that later kills him]].

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* ChekhovsGun: Robbie seen looking at a wound on his chest hands as he and his two men begin their march. [[spoiler: Foreshadowing the septicaemia that later kills him]].
12th Aug '16 8:09:05 PM Wyvern76
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* ChekhovsGun: Robbie seen looking at blood on his hands as he and his two men begin their march. [[spoiler: Foreshadowing the septicaemia that later kills him]].

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* ChekhovsGun: Robbie seen looking at blood a wound on his chest hands as he and his two men begin their march. [[spoiler: Foreshadowing the septicaemia that later kills him]].
3rd May '16 2:30:20 PM Elmo3000
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As for the plot, it's relatively simple. Briony Tallis, a young [[MostWritersAreWriters writer]] thinks her older sister Cecilia is being sexually harassed by her childhood friend Robbie Turner, also the son of her family's housekeeper. The two are in fact considering a consensual relationship. Unfortunately for them, [[FromBadToWorse everything goes to hell and stays there.]]

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As for the plot, it's relatively simple. Briony Tallis, a young [[MostWritersAreWriters writer]] thinks her older sister Cecilia is being sexually harassed by her childhood friend Robbie Turner, also the son of her family's housekeeper. The two are in fact considering a consensual relationship. Unfortunately for them, [[FromBadToWorse everything goes to hell and stays there.]]
relationship.
9th Apr '16 9:16:09 AM fearlessnikki
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* ChekhovsGun: Robbie seen looking at blood on his hands as he and his two men begin their march. [[spoiler: Foreshadowing the septicaemia that later kills him]].
* ChildrenAreInnocent: PlayedForDrama. Briony and Lola, being young and naïve, assume Robbie must be a sex maniac. They don't understand adult relationships at all.



* DistantFinale: A depressing one indeed.

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* DistantFinale: A depressing one indeed.indeed, more explicit in the film, which features Briony being interviewed on TV. [[spoiler: Briony reveals that the whole second half of the story is a lie and that Robbie and Cecilia never got reunited. She's publishing her book on the events, rewriting history to give them a happy ending - before she succumbs to dementia.]]



* EurekaMoment: Years later when Briony realises [[spoiler: it was Paul Marshall she caught with Lola and not Robbie]].



* HairContrastDuo: Immature bratty Briony is blonde, contrasted with mature, open-minded Cecilia who is brunette.



* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Briony thinks she's WiseBeyondHerYears but she's still very naïve and ignorant of a lot of other things.
* LastNameBasis: When she's a nurse, Briony is reprimanded for letting patients call her by her first name. The ward sister only addresses her by her last name.



* MamaBear: Robbie's mother assaults the police car after her son is taken away.

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* MamaBear: Robbie's mother assaults the police car after her son is taken away. It doesn't amount to anything but points for effort.



* MonochromeCasting: Mace is one of the only nonwhite characters in both the book and the movie.

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* MonochromeCasting: Mace is one of the only nonwhite characters in both the book and the movie. Given that the first half of the story mainly focuses on one high class English family, this is semi-justified.
* MotorMouth: Thomas Nettle, who rambles on while Robbie and Mace are walking to Dunkirk.



* OhCrap: In the movie when Robbie hands the letter to Briony and she's had enough time to walk away, he realises he gave her the rude one by accident and shouts out "Briony!" - but to no avail.



* StarCrossedLovers: Not initially. Although Cecilia is higher class than Robbie, he's a friend of the family and it's implied they probably wouldn't have objected to them getting together. [[spoiler: But then Robbie is falsely convicted as a rapist and both of them later die in the war]].



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's not said what becomes of Briony's family after the war. Cecilia breaks off contact with them as soon as she comes of age.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's not said what becomes of Briony's family after the war. Cecilia breaks off contact with them as soon as she comes of age. Likewise, we never hear of Robbie's mother after her son was convicted.
23rd Mar '16 7:56:01 AM fearlessnikki
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Briony (played by the blonde Saoirse Ronan) is described as having dark hair in the book.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Unlike Briony and Lola, when Cecilia reads the rude letter she guesses it was probably a joke and asks Robbie about it. While he's clearly mortified, Cecilia appears to have found it funny.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Briony (played by the blonde Saoirse Ronan) is described as having dark hair in the book. Given that brunette Keira Knightley was the first choice (for the adult version anyway) but chose to play Cecilia, this is presumably to distinguish the sisters.



* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Only at the start. Briony is the blonde and her sister Cecilia is the brunette. When cousin Lola arrives, that gives them a redhead too.



* HairstyleInertia: Briony has the same bobbed hairstyle in childhood and adulthood.



* IrrevocableMessage: the obscene letter Robbie accidentally sends to Cecilia.

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* IrrevocableMessage: the The obscene letter Robbie accidentally sends to Cecilia.



* KarmaHoudini: Paul Marshall.

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* KarmaHoudini: JailBaitWait: Another interpretation of [[spoiler: the rape of Lola is that she and Marshall were having an affair and he married her as soon as she came of age]].
* KarmaHoudini:
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Paul Marshall.Marshall who is guilty for [[spoiler: raping Lola and allowing Robbie to take the blame for it. Briony doesn't realise his guilt until years later when it's too late to do anything about it]].



* LetThemDieHappy: [[spoiler:Robbie's last action is to light a match and take one last look at the postcard of the cottage by the beach where he and Cecilia were going to spend time.]]

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* LetThemDieHappy: LetThemDieHappy:
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[[spoiler:Robbie's last action is to light a match and take one last look at the postcard of the cottage by the beach where he and Cecilia were going to spend time.]]]]
** Briony tends to a dying soldier who thinks she's his fiancee. She plays along.



* MiscarriageOfJustice

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* MiscarriageOfJusticeMiscarriageOfJustice: Robbie who gets sent to prison and later the army for a crime he didn't commit. The rude letter he wrote Cecilia and Briony's testimony just implicates him even further, as does the fact that he's the gardener's son - and all other suspects are upper class.


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* NotWhatItLooksLike:
** Briony spies Cecilia stripping off for Robbie and, combined with the rude letter she accidentally saw, concludes he must be a sex maniac. Cecilia was merely stripping off to get something out of the fountain and the letter was a joke.
** And when she walks in on the two of them having sex, she assumes Robbie must be ''attacking'' Cecilia.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's not said what becomes of Briony's family after the war. Cecilia breaks off contact with them as soon as she comes of age.
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