Another Example Of Truth In Fiction
One thing I love about Atonement is the character development of Briony, the main protagonist in the novel. The story takes place during three time periods in her life–the final one being when she is a famous novelist approaching the end of her life.
During this final portion of the novel, Briony reminds me a lot of Iris Chase from The Blind Assassin. She just says what’s on her mind in stereotypical old lady fashion.
And every now and then, she’ll throw a little zinger out there, like this one toward the end of the novel:
“It is quite impossible these days to assume anything about people’s educational level from the way they talk or dress or from their taste in music. Safest to treat everyone you meet as a distinguished intellectual.”
How true that is. Contrast that statement, which occurs in 1999, with the time period in which Briony grew up, during World War 2.
In a world where billionaires like Mark Cuban wear flip flops, jeans, and t-shirts, it really is pointless to make snap judgments of people based on their appearance. How much different a world would we live in if we all treated everyone we met with dignity and respect, and let them prove otherwise, instead of the other way around?
Something to think about. And that’s what good novels do. They get you thinking beyond the novel and into your own reality. That’s why you really can learn a lot from fiction. Anyone that tells you otherwise, that it’s just an “escape,” needs to take a breath and attempt to have a creative thought.
Agree? Disagree? Don’t care?