How can i apply a marxist reading to the text atonement by mcewan?

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any help on how i should do this?
also can upper classes control upper classes in this theory?
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You should read Marx
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I studied 'Atonement' for A-Levels, and I think that a Marxist reading of the text would result in a lot of content.

You can start with Briony as a character, primarily her identity as a Tallis: look at the descriptions of the manor, and the sprawling estate. There is a sense of isolation within this enclosed, private area, which is reflected in how Briony is isolated from her own mother. With this isolation and privilege, is this what led to her crime? Then reflect on Robbie as the proletariat, who is directly impacted by her crime. Consider the dichotomy/juxtaposition between this character and that of Paul Marshall.

You should definitely analyse Paul Marshall as the epitome of the 'evils' of the bourgeoisie. Consider his crime, the rape of an innocent child. Is there any way you can draw any parallels to the Marxist perspective?

There's so much more, but these are the main basic points I would describe. I would say to read the Critical Anthology and read articles online about the Marxist lens (you don't have to read Terry Eagleton, you can just read summaries and secondary sources tbh), maybe even in relation to 'Atonement' as a text.

I'm not too sure about your second question, but I would assume that there would be layers in the social stratum as well. However, to avoid making it too complicated, I would take a step back and keep the overall picture of bourgeoisie vs. the proletariat, along with the other key features of Marxist theory.
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I studied 'Atonement' for A-Levels, and I think that a Marxist reading of the text would result in a lot of content.

You can start with Briony as a character, primarily her identity as a Tallis: look at the descriptions of the manor, and the sprawling estate. There is a sense of isolation within this enclosed, private area, which is reflected in how Briony is isolated from her own mother. With this isolation and privilege, is this what led to her crime? Then reflect on Robbie as the proletariat, who is directly impacted by her crime. Consider the dichotomy/juxtaposition between this character and that of Paul Marshall.

You should definitely analyse Paul Marshall as the epitome of the 'evils' of the bourgeoisie. Consider his crime, the rape of an innocent child. Is there any way you can draw any parallels to the Marxist perspective?

There's so much more, but these are the main basic points I would describe. I would say to read the Critical Anthology and read articles online about the Marxist lens (you don't have to read Terry Eagleton, you can just read summaries and secondary sources tbh), maybe even in relation to 'Atonement' as a text.

I'm not too sure about your second question, but I would assume that there would be layers in the social stratum as well. However, to avoid making it too complicated, I would take a step back and keep the overall picture of bourgeoisie vs. the proletariat, along with the other key features of Marxist theory.
Thank you so much!
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Thank you so much!
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