Trial Scenes and the Concept of Justice in Ian McEwan's Atonement

Eleonora Cecchin


This paper aims at analysing McEwan’s novel Atonement from the point of view of the legal issues embedded in the novel. It will focus in particular on an issue which at a first reading appears as a side-element in the text and remains on the background, but which nonetheless, constitutes a main element of the plot, and the one upon which the whole question of atonement actually relies: the trials, real ones and symbolic ones.

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