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Compare two passages of your choice explaining what they reveal of McEwen's reoccurring themes and concerns?

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Compare two passages of your choice explaining what they reveal of McEwen's reoccurring themes and concerns? The two Ian McEwen passages I have compared are the openings of 'The Comfort of Strangers' and 'The Black Dogs'. The reason I have chosen these extracts is because I feel they have a lot in common and also some differences. I begin by explaining the titles of each novel. The 'Comfort of Strangers' is ironic since usually strangers make a person feel uncomfortable. 'The Black Dogs' is an interesting title because a black dog can be seen as something that represents something bad is going to happen. The titles help reveal reoccurring theme as McEwen's books do occasionally include strangers (Jed Parry, Enduring Love) and in many of McEwen's stories bad things happen, this wouldn't be seen as a reoccurring theme of all his novels really just more of a prediction for the specific book. Both novels talk about a troubled relationship between a couple within the first couple of paragraphs. ...read more.

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Black Dogs does offer us religious imagery which is a contrast to the science as both try to explain the same things but both have different theories about them e.g. science has explanations for why certain things happen and then religion believes that it was a miracle with no explanation other than God. 'A rich yellow light from the open front door revealing in the darkness a white faced adolescent, already six feet tall' I believe there are two images in this quote that relate to religion. The first image is of the rich yellow light around the person in the doorway. A similar image is often used to make a person seem God-like. The second image is the 'white faced adolescent, already six feet tall' this can be interpreted as an image of an angel. Angels are seen as youthful and the white face is an image of an angel. Another possible religious image in 'The Black Dogs' is when McEwen writes 'overlooking the garden'. This is similar to God looking over the Garden of Eden. ...read more.

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In 'The Black Dogs' we are told that the children's parents died when they were only young and that now their sister is in an unstable marriage and the children often go from one family to the next trying to fit in to a proper family. In 'The Black Dogs' there was a lot of strong sentences that help the reader understand this. 'Ever since I lost mine in a road accident when I was eight I have had my eye on other people's parents' and 'unhappy household'. Other examples include 'abandoned child' and 'the rages and reconciliations'. These all help the reader understand the troubled life's the children have. In conclusion I would have to say that Ian McEwen does use a lot of the same themes and techniques in his writing and varies the amount he uses them in each story e.g. in the story where he uses a lot of science imagery there is a less religious imagery and also the opposite where there was more religious imagery McEwen added less science. Techniques like using short sentences and lots of punctuation was used to raise tension and anticipation in both extracts as well as in Enduring Love. ...read more.

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