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Consider the ways in which The author creates suspense in the Opening chapters of the novel - Enduring Love.

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Consider the ways in which The author creates suspense in the Opening chapters of the novel. The opening of Enduring Love is very effective for many reasons, such as use of words, the styles and techniques of writing, and themes that are introduced. The narrator is Joe. Although he seems to be very controlled and sensible, it is clear from reading the first five chapters of the book, that he is not quite as reliable as he seems. He thinks about everything in a scientific manor and can give clear and detailed accounts of the things he sees and experiences, he is able to do this because of his rational way of thinking about things. As the story progresses it becomes clear that Joe can be manipulative in the way he does explain things. ...read more.

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The major reason that this opening is effective because of the amount of suspense contained in it. The author is really detailed in setting the scene, such as, "We were in the sunlight under a turkey oak, partly protected from a strong, gusty wind." The amount of detail makes it easy for the reader to imagine the environment and the surroundings. The use of details and saying that "this was the pinprick on the time map," builds up tension and it shows that something huge is about to happen and McEwan is holding the details back and not telling us what is about to come. The technique that McEwan uses is to slowly give details of the events that are about to unfold. Some examples of this are the boy, the fall, and the balloon, but still he doesn't let us know fully what is happening or how these tie together; he keeps the details of the story hidden. ...read more.

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was short and there was a limit to how much he could do to help the boy and man, and that the event huge one in itself but also has a large affect on the future and what is to come after the event has occurred and gone. Another way that the author One of the biggest sub plots in the story is the stalking of Joe by Jed. Jed is clearly obsessed with Joe and this is made clear in the opening stages of the novel. It is effective the way the story line has been dripped in supposedly with out the reader knowing, with trying to get Joe to pray with him when they go to find logans body, the telephone calls to Joes house, the library incident when Joe is sure that he can see Jed's shoe as he runs out of the door. ...read more.

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