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S: Atonement Ian McEWan

FC: BY: Jennifer Buck Period 1 | World War Two | Become a ward sister | Criminal act in the family | A long distance relationship

1: Atonement is a book about a girl named Briony, who even though she just thirteen she still has much power and control over the family. One night during the family dinner, the twins run away and in the search for the twin, Lola is found in the woods and she has been raped. Because of Briony power in the family when she accused Robbie of raping Lola the family listens. Robbie gets charged with the crime and in put in the military.

3: Briony- a thirteen year old girl who lives with her parent and sister in england. Briony writes plays that she performs in front of her family. Even though she is only 13 she want to be an adult in the family. She wants to be able to be in control.Once her cousin, Lola and her brother come and live with Briony and her family, Briony losses that feeling of being in control. Lola becomes the lead in her play and makes Briony feel like she losing control.

5: Cecilia - Cecilia is the older sister of Briony. In the beginning Cecilia is unsure about her feeling for Robbie. Robbie- son of the housemaid of the Tallis. Robbie is in love with Cecilia.Robbie also went to Cambridge with Cecilia. Robbie is accused and arrested for the rape of Lola. Robbie has a choice of jail or the military and he chooses military.

7: As Robbie is finishing his last three weeks of basic training, war is declared on Japan. Robbie was hoping after his basic he would be able to see Cecilia but when war was declared that hope of his was crushed. "Their training was being streamlined and accelerated, a new camp was being enlarged to take more recruits. His anxiety was not for the fighting he might have to do, buy the threat to their Wiltshire dream." " There was no cottage in Wiltshire for them. Three weeks before his training ended, war was declared."

9: Robbie, when hes at basic meets Corporal Nettle and corporal Mace. " He was lower in rank, but they followed and did everything he suggested, and to preserve his dignity, they teased him." "He act like an officer, but he didn't even have a single stripe." When Robbie would walk around he would alway be reading a map. " Corporal Mace was a cook in the same RASC unit as Corporal Nettle"

11: About WWII In late August 1939, Hitler and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin signed the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact, which incited a frenzy of worry in London and Paris. Hitler had long planned an invasion of Poland, a nation to which Great Britain and France had guaranteed military support if it was attacked by Germany. The pact with Stalin meant that Hitler would not face a war on two fronts once he invaded Poland, and would have Soviet assistance in conquering and dividing the nation itself. On September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland from the west; two days later, France and Britain declared war on Germany, beginning World War II.

13: Once Robbie is let out of prison and is about to start basic, he meets Cecilia at a café. At this time Cecilia is a ward sister in charge of a ward. This is where they talk about the cottage in wiltshire. Briony is trying to get in contact with her sister again so she becomes a nurse at the hospital where Cecilia started her training.

15: When Robbie is sent to jail for the crime of raping Lola, Cecilia leaves the family and starts working as a nurse in a ward. During this time she would not write to them, nor would she let them know her address. "They turned on you, all of them, even my father. When they wrecked your life they wrecked mine. They chose to believe the evidence of a silly, hysterical little girl. In fact, they encouraged her by giving her no room to turn back. She was a young thirteen, I know, but I never want to speak to her again." Cecilia would write letter to Robbie when he was in war.

17: During WWII, the Army Nurse Corps was awarded more than 1,600 military decorations. Army Nurses had landed on the beaches of Anzio on the day of the invasion, and Normandy just 4 days after. The only German POW was an Army Nurse, and several Army Nurses were captured by the Japanese and spent the war in a POW camp.

19: Briony went after to find her sister Cecilia. Before she went to her house, Briony stopped by a church and inside was Marshall, a friend of the family getting married to Lola. And at that moment everything made sense he raped Lola but nothing will change what she already said five years ago. When she arived at Cecilia house Briony talk to Cecilia and Robbie on how to make it better. You're to go to your parents as soon as you can tell them everything they need to know to be convinced that your evidence was false.

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