Atonement: between guilt and desire for reparation
Carla Luciane Klos Schöninger
This study aims to analyze the novel Atonement, by Ian McEwan from the perspective of psychoanalysis, emphasizing the affection: feeling of guilt and its representations, which links directly to the desire for reparation. The theoretical basis for the representation of affections is based on Sigmund Freud (1920), Antonio Imbasciati (1998) and Jacques Lacan (2005), the feeling of guilt and the desire for reparation have as their theoretical basis Sigmund Freud (1923) and Melanie Klein (1996). The analyses investigates the motivation of the protagonist in creating her own literary text, which derives from the feeling of guilt caused by the fear of loss of love. It is the intention of the protagonist, through writing, to satisfy her desire to repair an error of the past; however, the symptoms of guilt remain, which the narrative exposes clearly.