Day 1

Atonement Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why do you think McEwan is so focused on Briony's journey as a writer?

    Students may believe it's simply a way of exploring her character more deeply, or to elucidate her relationships to both her siblings and her cousins; others may think that Briony's writing will play a greater role in the rest of the story.

  2. 2

    Do you think Emily Tallis is a good mother?

    Students may differ on this: some will point to Emily's acute awareness of everything going on in the house and the relationships among her children and her nieces and nephews, as described in Chapter 6; others may point out the way Leon and Cecilia seem to assume she will be absent and negligent in...

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