An Act of Kindness: Atonement  By: Teresa Yuh-yi  談玉儀 談玉儀
Table of Contents <ul><li>The novel  Atonement </li></ul><ul><li>The Film  Atonement  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Background </l...
Novel:  Atonement   <ul><li>Author  Ian McEwan  </li></ul><ul><li>Country England  </li></ul><ul><li>Language English  </l...
The 2007 Film : Atonement  談玉儀
Background: Atonement Wikipedia <ul><li>Atonement  is a  2007   film adaptation  of  Ian  McEwan 's critically acclaimed  ...
Setting <ul><ul><li>Atonement  begins on a hot summer day in 1935, in an English countryside setting  </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Joe Wright-Biography 1 source:  http:// www.netglimse.com/celebs/pages/joe_wright/index.shtml   <ul><li>Wright was born in...
Joe Wright-Biography 2 source:  http:// www.netglimse.com/celebs/pages/joe_wright/index.shtml   <ul><li>In 2005 he made th...
Joe Wright-Personal Quotes source:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0942504/bio <ul><li>&quot; Pride [and Prejudice]  is my fir...
Plot Chart 談玉儀
Briony Tallis in her 11 and 13  <ul><li>“ an  intense-looking ” young girl of 13 with “a  willful  temperament” (Christoph...
Briony Tallis in her 18 <ul><li>A nurse  who gives up  a chance to become a Cambridge student </li></ul><ul><li>A young gi...
Briony Tallis in her 77 <ul><li>An old female writer in her 70s who writes her final novel  Atonement  to  witness  her fo...
Robbie Turner  <ul><li>The son of housekeeper who works for the Tallis </li></ul><ul><li>His school fees are currently pai...
Cecilia Tallis  <ul><li>A beautiful, restless-looking girl of 23, who is making an attempt to break up with her family jus...
Twins: Jackson and Pierrot <ul><li>The young  twins  who are Briony's cousins and come with their elder sister Lola to sta...
Lola and Marshall <ul><li>Paul Marshall - Friend of Leon's, who  rapes  Lola and some years later  marries  her.  </li></u...
Nettle, Mace and Robbie <ul><li>Robbie's companions during the Dunkirk evacuation.  </li></ul>談玉儀
Betty <ul><li>Betty- The Tallis' main servant, described as &quot;wretched&quot; in personality in the novel  </li></ul><u...
Assigned Questions  Scene 1  <ul><li>What are functions of  “the doll’s house ”? </li></ul><ul><li>How is the play  The Tr...
Assigned Questions  Scene 2: The Fountain <ul><li>Explain the relationship between Robbie and Cecilia </li></ul><ul><ul><l...
Assigned Questions  Scene 3: Loa glances flirtatiously at Marshall  <ul><li>How does William Shakespeare’s  Hamlet   symbo...
Assigned Questions  Scene 4: Robbie and Cecilia Missing Each Other <ul><li>What is your impression with a series of  jump ...
Assigned Questions  Scene 5: A Letter without an Envelope  <ul><li>Why is Robbie’s  letter without an envelope  when deliv...
Assigned Questions  Scene 6: An Unknown Sex Maniac <ul><li>Does Lola not recognize the rapist? </li></ul><ul><li>Does Brio...
Assigned Questions  Scene 7: Get-Together <ul><li>Why is Robbie  hesitated  to see Cecilia after three and a half years? <...
Assigned Questions  Scene 8 Montague Sequences <ul><li>Is it a vision of  imagination  that Robbie sees his mother washing...
Assigned Questions  Scene 9-10: An Act of Kindness <ul><li>Why does Briony insist that  Atonement   is her first and last ...
Etymology: “Atonement” 1 http://www.christiananswers.net/spotlight/movies/2007/atonement2007.html <ul><li>the word “atonem...
Theme <ul><li>The theme of guilt, shame and anger  </li></ul><ul><li>Tackling the gap of human incomprehension ( 無法理解 ) an...
Bibliography and  Websites Reference <ul><li>Atonement . DVD. Dir. Joe Wright. Perf. Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. Uni...
An Act of Kindness: Atonement  By: Teresa Yuh-yi  談玉儀 (2010) 談玉儀
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  1. 1. An Act of Kindness: Atonement By: Teresa Yuh-yi 談玉儀 談玉儀
  2. 2. Table of Contents <ul><li>The novel Atonement </li></ul><ul><li>The Film Atonement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Director: Joe Wright </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Setting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plot Chart </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Character Introduction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12 Scenes and Assigned Questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etymology: “Atonement” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Theme </li></ul></ul>談玉儀
  3. 3. Novel: Atonement <ul><li>Author Ian McEwan </li></ul><ul><li>Country England </li></ul><ul><li>Language English </li></ul><ul><li>Publisher Jonathan Cape </li></ul><ul><li>Publication date 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Media type Print (Hardcover) </li></ul><ul><li>Pages 371 pp </li></ul>談玉儀
  4. 4. The 2007 Film : Atonement 談玉儀
  5. 5. Background: Atonement Wikipedia <ul><li>Atonement is a 2007 film adaptation of Ian McEwan 's critically acclaimed novel of the same name , directed by Joe Wright , and based on a screenplay by Christopher Hampton . </li></ul><ul><li>Atonement opened the 64th Venice International Film Festival , making Wright, at the age of 35, the youngest director ever to open the event. </li></ul><ul><li>The film won an Oscar for the Best Original Score at the 80th Academy Awards . </li></ul>談玉儀
  6. 6. Setting <ul><ul><li>Atonement begins on a hot summer day in 1935, in an English countryside setting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Then passing WWII </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To the contemporary society </li></ul></ul>談玉儀
  7. 7. Joe Wright-Biography 1 source: http:// www.netglimse.com/celebs/pages/joe_wright/index.shtml <ul><li>Wright was born in London, where his parents founded the Little Angel Theater , a puppet theatre in Islington. </li></ul><ul><li>On the strength of his paintings and Super 8 films, he gained admittance to an art school where he studied fine art and film . </li></ul><ul><li>In his last year, he received a scholarship to make a short film for the BBC that won some awards. </li></ul>談玉儀
  8. 8. Joe Wright-Biography 2 source: http:// www.netglimse.com/celebs/pages/joe_wright/index.shtml <ul><li>In 2005 he made the transition to feature films with the critically acclaimed Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On a personal note, he's currently dating Rosamund Pike, who co-starred in this film. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wright’s next feature is an adaptation Booker Prize winner Ian McEwan's novel Atonement (film) which was released in 2007. </li></ul>談玉儀
  9. 9. Joe Wright-Personal Quotes source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0942504/bio <ul><li>&quot; Pride [and Prejudice] is my first film with a happy ending. Before, I naively thought they were a cop-out (excuse), but now I've come to believe that happy endings and wish fulfillment are an incredibly important part of our cultural life.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>“ Every time I make a film, I feel it gives me the chance to learn something new . I've been lucky over the past few years. Things have just happened for me.” </li></ul>談玉儀
  10. 10. Plot Chart 談玉儀
  11. 11. Briony Tallis in her 11 and 13 <ul><li>“ an intense-looking ” young girl of 13 with “a willful temperament” (Christopher Hampton’s script) </li></ul><ul><li>A young foolish girl “who sees something from her nursery window which she doesn’t understand, but she thinks she does.” </li></ul>談玉儀
  12. 12. Briony Tallis in her 18 <ul><li>A nurse who gives up a chance to become a Cambridge student </li></ul><ul><li>A young girl who plays a baptized nursing job to cleanse her guilt for causing some damage to her sister Cecilia and her lover Robbie </li></ul>談玉儀
  13. 13. Briony Tallis in her 77 <ul><li>An old female writer in her 70s who writes her final novel Atonement to witness her foolish jealousy in her youth. </li></ul><ul><li>She wants to use her advantage of being a writer to compensate her guilt by writing a novel. </li></ul>談玉儀
  14. 14. Robbie Turner <ul><li>The son of housekeeper who works for the Tallis </li></ul><ul><li>His school fees are currently paid by Cecilia's father—the Old Man </li></ul><ul><li>Briony has a crush on Robbie </li></ul>談玉儀
  15. 15. Cecilia Tallis <ul><li>A beautiful, restless-looking girl of 23, who is making an attempt to break up with her family just for staying with her boy-friend Robbie who is accused with raping </li></ul><ul><li>Educated in the literature department of Cambridge University </li></ul>談玉儀
  16. 16. Twins: Jackson and Pierrot <ul><li>The young twins who are Briony's cousins and come with their elder sister Lola to stay with the Tallis's after this parents divorce. </li></ul>談玉儀
  17. 17. Lola and Marshall <ul><li>Paul Marshall - Friend of Leon's, who rapes Lola and some years later marries her. </li></ul><ul><li>Lola – fifteen-year- old girl who is Briony's cousin and comes to stay with the Tallis's after her parents divorce. </li></ul>談玉儀
  18. 18. Nettle, Mace and Robbie <ul><li>Robbie's companions during the Dunkirk evacuation. </li></ul>談玉儀
  19. 19. Betty <ul><li>Betty- The Tallis' main servant, described as &quot;wretched&quot; in personality in the novel </li></ul><ul><li>She is Robbie’s mother whose husband dumped them 20 years ago. </li></ul>談玉儀
  20. 20. Assigned Questions Scene 1 <ul><li>What are functions of “the doll’s house ”? </li></ul><ul><li>How is the play The Trials of Arabella connected to the plot of the film? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;the complications of love&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can you find the connection(s) between Cecilia and Richardson’s Clarissa in Clarissa ? </li></ul><ul><li>Find differences between a play and novel . </li></ul>談玉儀
  21. 21. Assigned Questions Scene 2: The Fountain <ul><li>Explain the relationship between Robbie and Cecilia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gender </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What does the fountain represent? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An almost naked woman </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why does the director shoot 2 clippings of the fountain scenes, separately form perspectives of Cecilia and Briony ? </li></ul>談玉儀
  22. 22. Assigned Questions Scene 3: Loa glances flirtatiously at Marshall <ul><li>How does William Shakespeare’s Hamlet symbolize in this scene? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ To be or not to be” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Try to describe the relationship between Lola and Marshall . </li></ul><ul><li>How is a theme of war revealed in this scene? </li></ul>談玉儀
  23. 23. Assigned Questions Scene 4: Robbie and Cecilia Missing Each Other <ul><li>What is your impression with a series of jump cuts presented in this scene? </li></ul><ul><li>What is a function of Henry Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body ? </li></ul><ul><li>Why does Robbie replay the high notes of the climax duet of Act 1 of the opera La Boheme ? </li></ul>談玉儀
  24. 24. Assigned Questions Scene 5: A Letter without an Envelope <ul><li>Why is Robbie’s letter without an envelope when delivering in Cecilia’s hand? </li></ul><ul><li>Why does Cecilia blush while reading Robbie’s letter? </li></ul><ul><li>Does Briony see the letter before handing it to her sister Cecilia? </li></ul><ul><li>Why does Marshall have a faint scratch on his right check? </li></ul>談玉儀
  25. 25. Assigned Questions Scene 6: An Unknown Sex Maniac <ul><li>Does Lola not recognize the rapist? </li></ul><ul><li>Does Briony really see the rapist? Why is she so sure that the rapist is Robbie? </li></ul><ul><li>What does the inspector’s question “You know it was him, or you saw him?” suggest? </li></ul>談玉儀
  26. 26. Assigned Questions Scene 7: Get-Together <ul><li>Why is Robbie hesitated to see Cecilia after three and a half years? </li></ul><ul><li>What does a photography of the cottage represent? </li></ul><ul><li>Why does Cecilia break up with her family? And how about her situation now? </li></ul>談玉儀
  27. 27. Assigned Questions Scene 8 Montague Sequences <ul><li>Is it a vision of imagination that Robbie sees his mother washing his feet? </li></ul><ul><li>Some montage sequences are revealed in Robbie’s mind before he dies. Please explain the meaning(s) for those sequences, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the vase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The ink from the page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dunkirk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cecilia in her green evening gown </li></ul></ul>談玉儀
  28. 28. Assigned Questions Scene 9-10: An Act of Kindness <ul><li>Why does Briony insist that Atonement is her first and last novel? What does the title name suggest? (scene 9) </li></ul><ul><li>Compare Atonement ’s ending and the things that happens in the real world? And explain Briony’s authorial intention.(scene 10) </li></ul>談玉儀
  29. 29. Etymology: “Atonement” 1 http://www.christiananswers.net/spotlight/movies/2007/atonement2007.html <ul><li>the word “atonement” derives from an Anglo-Saxon hybrid of the words “at” and “onement” </li></ul><ul><li>which rose to prominence in the theological vernacular courtesy of William Tyndale. </li></ul><ul><li>When Tyndale was writing the English Bible in 1526, he was looking for a word that would convey a more subtle theological nuance that the word “reconciliation” so as to also comprise the ideas of God’s forgiveness and propitiation ( 補償 ; 贖罪 ) </li></ul><ul><li>Amid this search, the word “ atonement ” was born and has remained an integral component of theological ( 神學的 ) language and thought. </li></ul>談玉儀
  30. 30. Theme <ul><li>The theme of guilt, shame and anger </li></ul><ul><li>Tackling the gap of human incomprehension ( 無法理解 ) and the novelistic project to bridge that gap. </li></ul><ul><li>The theme of war and brutality of death </li></ul>談玉儀
  31. 31. Bibliography and Websites Reference <ul><li>Atonement . DVD. Dir. Joe Wright. Perf. Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. Universal Studios, 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>The word “Atonement” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.christiananswers.net/spotlight/movies/2007/atonement2007.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atonement_(novel) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atonement_(2007_film) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Joe Wright </li></ul><ul><ul><li> http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0942504/bio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.netglimse.com/celebs/pages/joe_wright/index.shtml </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Atonement script (written by Christopher Hampton) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.joblo.com/scripts/Atonement_Script.pdf </li></ul></ul>談玉儀
  32. 32. An Act of Kindness: Atonement By: Teresa Yuh-yi 談玉儀 (2010) 談玉儀

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