The Narrative Techniques in Ian McEwan’s Atonement
Dr. Adarsh
Ian McEwan, Atonement, stream of consciousness, flashbacks, foreshadowing, unreliable narrator and multiple points of view.
Ian McEwan is one of the leading contemporary novelists whose works are received well by readers as well as critics. He has been controversial sometimes but his works always put forward something new which attracts, often shocks, the readers and engage critics and scholars. His novel Atonement (2001), along with Saturday (2005), is considered a seminal work of the first decade of twenty first century. The novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2001 and the film made on the novel, with the same title, won the Academy Awards. The novel Atonement beautifully blends the traditional as well as contemporary tendencies, techniques and themes and thus fosters hybridity in its nature. The novel is written in the form of metafiction and employs narrative techniques such as stream of consciousness, flashbacks, foreshadowing, unreliable narratology and multiple points of view. The use of these techniques gives the novel its unique nature and form which will be discussed in the paper in detail. The paper intends to analyze these narrative techniques which establish the reputation of the novel and gives it a hybrid identity.
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Unique Paper ID: 158372

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 9

Page(s): 405 - 408
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