In the beginning of Atonement, females are represented in a very elegant fashion. None of the women are fat, all of them are skinny, and almost every woman is beautiful.
The female role in the film is more relaxed than a man's role; writing plays, romance, reading books, smoking cigarettes.
Men are represented in the film as being very posh, handsome and straight. Their role in the beginningof the film is romance and war.