• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Does Ian McEwan succeed in creating rounded, plausible characters in the novel Enduring Love?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Does Ian McEwan succeed in creating rounded, plausible characters in the novel Enduring Love? From the very first chapter, Enduring Love is a gripping psychological thriller. McEwan's writing is always good, creating an atmosphere of tension and suspense, and his characters behave mostly in a very human and plausible way. At times the story becomes a little far fetched, particularly at the end, where events seem to unfold very suddenly and not entirely believably. However, for the most part the story is horrifying in its convincingness. The opening scene is brilliant; cinematically gorgeous, rich in tension, a lover's picnic is tragically ruined when a hot air balloon plunges from the sky. What begins as an interesting character study of a man plagued by guilt becomes a mundane thriller. Ifans' over-the-top performance as mentally unstable zealot who becomes obsessed with the hapless hero is reminiscent of Glenn Close's knife-wielding jilted lover in "Fatal Attraction." ...read more.

Middle

Joe, being the main character, and naturally the one we want to live happily ever after and sympathise with, becomes the object of our focus. We closely follow his transformation from rationality into irrationality. We appear to be on his side throughout the novel and because of this, we share his dislike for Jed. Jed Parry is introduced in the first two chapters as a young, religious man who exchanges a passing glance with Joe, a glance that has devastating consequences and that permanently burns an obsession into Jed's soul, a disorder that causes the sufferer to believe that someone else is in love with them. Jed's delusional and dangerous behavior creates havoc in Joe's life, testing both the limits of his rationalism, and driving him to madness. I believe McEwan succeeds in portraying Jed as a rounded character as within moments, he goes from simply being passionate about religion to have serious psychological problems. ...read more.

Conclusion

There is a contrast in the presentation of Joe's partner in the novel and the film interpretation. She appears to have a more active role in the film version as she seems to be more complex; showing both sides of normality and power. In the novel, Clarissa represents normality much more than the others therefore making her seem plausible. However we don't see her in depth, perhaps making her schematic. Judging by the book, I think McEwan creates a simplistic character for Clarissa who can be referred back to as the ordinary, typical middle aged woman in contrast to Joe and Jed. To conclude, I think McEwan cleverly begins the novel with a riveting, out of the ordinary situation arising with only the help of a group of very different, but appear to be relatively conventional people. However as the story unfolds, we see the normality fading and new, more complex characters emerging. I think Enduring Love is plausible right up into the end but arguably has a few far fetched concepts. ?? ?? ?? ?? Faye Speddings 12AAR ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Ian McEwan section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Ian McEwan essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    An essay that examines whether Briony ever achieves atonement in 'Atonement' by Ian McEwan

    3 star(s)

    She is using their story for her own ends, and yet, as the reader discovers from her rejection letter from Horizon, she has not even been honest enough to admit how her misunderstanding of the scene came between the two lovers.

  2. Enduring Love

    Love is another significant theme in 'Enduring Love'. When the story begins Clarissa and Joe are having a picnic to celebrate their anniversary; a symbol of their love.

  1. Enduring Love gracefully bridges genres; it(TM)s a psychological thriller, a meditation on the narrative ...

    Romance genre typically focuses on a couple and much of the narrative is about what the characters are thinking or feeling. Joe is constantly making references to what Clarissa is doing even when they are not conversing or doing something together. This shows his awareness, and therefore attachment, to Clarissa.

  2. Enduring Love by Ian McEwan How important are the Appendices in the novel? The ...

    If that was how the story ended, the readers' would not be satisfied by the ending, after following the lives of these two contrasting characters and identifying with them, that sort of ending would have been bad for the novel.

  1. What is the significance of the endings of Enduring Love?

    a distorted mind in a delusion system had infact occurred in the very world and system they exist in. In contrast to this, through the belief that the appendix is true, the credibility of McEwan as an author is lowered. His novel suddenly appears to be less authentic and original.

  2. How does McEwan tell the story in Chapter 12 of Enduring Love

    She thinks that Parry?s ?writing?s rather like? Joe?s. Here McEwan is blatantly displaying a piece of evidence that makes both Clarissa and the reader highly doubtful of Joe?s claims that Parry exists and is following him (and mental state too).

  1. By portraying the three main characters as representations of science, art and religion, McEwan ...

    His use of language further reflects this. In many of the expressions he uses to describe events in the novel he uses the language of mathematics and physics to rationalize the incidents that occur. ?mathematical grace? and ?comforting geometry?. These two terms are based on mathematical imagery which can be viewed as an objective truth, one which is definite and can be for sure.

  2. What view would a feminist critic take on "Enduring Love" by Ian McEwan?

    Julie is the mother of an abducted child which the novels centers around, however her husband, Stephen, is the main protagonist. Throughout the novel we see how he suffers with the loss of a daughter. Julie is rarely mentioned except for the fact that she moved to the countryside.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work