Atonement is a word that has its etymological origin in Latin and more specifically in the term “expiatio”, which is made up of the following components: the prefix “ex”, which can be translated as “outward”; the word “pius”, which is equivalent to “pious”; and finally the suffix “-ción”, which indicates action and effect.
Atonement is the action and effect of atonement. This verb refers to purifying oneself from the guilt through some sacrifice, to fulfill a pain imposed by the authorities or suffer certain jobs because of bad actions.
For instance: “Atonement costs blood, sweat, and tears”, “I was sentenced to ten years in prison: the hardest atonement I ever imagined”, “Two months of forced labor in Siberia was the expiation that the dissident had to pay for his sayings”.
In the field of religion, the atonement is a form of satisfaction of a sin, through which the subject is absolved of guilt by bearing his penalty. Sin is taken as an obstacle between the man and God, and the atonement is that which allows to eliminate this obstacle to clarify the relationship again.
The theology explains that the atonement shows that God it is benevolent (offers a way to the sinner) and just (demands punishment for sin). Whoever submits to atonement cleanses his sin, agrees to forgiveness of guilt, and frees himself from punishment.
Within the religious sphere, we have to emphasize that there is also what is known as the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It is a term that is used to make clear the sacrifice that this figure carried out with the clear objective of being able to save humanity from sins. Specifically, what he did was suffer on his skin not only the torture of a crucifixion but also his own death.
More precisely, it is determined that the atonement of Jesus Christ begins already in the Garden of Gethsemane, where it is said that he suffered the sins of man in his body and continued to do so until his death. For this reason, it is determined that in order for any human being to atone for their sins, they must follow the example of the one having faith in God, repenting of what they have done, obeying the commandments or receiving the sacraments.
“Atonement” (“Atonement”, in its original language), on the other hand, it is a novel written by the English Ian McEwan which was published in 2001. The story takes place in 1935 in the family’s country house Tallis.
Based on this novel, a film of the same title was created (“Atonement” or “Atonement”), directed by Joe wright and starring Keira Knightley and James mcavoy.
An Oscar as well as several BAFTA awards and Golden Globes were the ones that this 2007 film received, which tells how the quiet life of an upper-class English family is shaken by the return of the eldest son as well as by the arrival of a young friend of his.