AtonementClose Reading Prompt
The passage below is an excerpt from the beginning of Ian McEwan’s Atonement, a novel published in 2002. In this passage, thirteen-year-old Briony has introduced a play that she has written for a family gathering. Read the passage carefully. In a well organized essay, analyze the techniques McEwan employs in this scene to characterize Briony and Lola.
Passage begins on page 15 starting with “The advance of Lola’s dominion was merciless and made self-pity irrelevant…” and ending at the bottom of page 16.