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How does Briony Tallis mature/develop in Atonement? Watch

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    Briony begins as an immature young girl, but how does she develop from the beginning of the novel, to the end? What are some significant quotes that support this.

    As far as quotes, I'll say what I'd say to anyone about any book: do the reading. But in terms of themes, she develops in several ways. She becomes more mature because she chooses to atone for her sin, and the weight of her lie is a catalyst for her maturation, it's ever present in her mind. It's arguable that in a way she never fully matures though, as she is a unreliable narrator, so never truly matures enough to see truth from fiction. I'd compare the first half to the second, she writes very differently (in the first, she's preoccupied with her novel and anything that will keep her mind busy, in the second half all she can think of is redemption for her lie). Her choice to become a nurse is evidence that she matures, as she is aware of what she has done, and how she must redeem herself.

    The moment when she realises who the attacker is could also be considered a key aspect of her maturing; she finally knows the truth.

    Just some thoughts from reading your question
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