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How effective is Chapter One of "Enduring Love" as the opening of a novel? What do you find interesting about McEwan's style? In a novel the opening chapter has to be effective in order to keep the reader interested and to keep them reading on until the very end. In the Novel 'Enduring Love', Ian McEwan, the author, evidently aimed to write an opening chapter that grasped the reader's attention from the outset of the novel, throwing them into the deep end of the story and into the thick of the action. In my opinion he has achieved in doing this. At the end of chapter one, the reader is left with a thirst for more information, information about the characters introduced and more about the tragedy that has unfolded. The way in which the chapter is written make the next page seem more irresistible than the previous. McEwan uses many writing techniques that all contribute towards the effectiveness of the opening chapter. ...read more.


He further hints that the disaster about to unfold is life changing, "This was the last time that I understood anything clearly at all." McEwan then sets the atmosphere and describes the events prior to the disaster, "I heard what was coming two seconds before it reached us." After this McEwan goes on to describe the wind on the fateful day using verbs to describe the strength of it, "hurtling" and "transversing" implying that the wind plays a most important part in what is about to happen; But before the narrator goes any further he says "Let me freeze the frame", which shows that the narrator, McEwan, is looking back on events and this explains the structure of the first chapter, how it moves focus from one point to another hastily, and never uniformly, on different tangents. McEwan uses this technique to build the tension up further, and to whip the reader back into the action of the novel once more after moving off on another tangent. ...read more.


There is also a direct correlation between the ferocity of the wind and the severity of the disaster and this is clever use of symbolism as the reader is able to sense danger from just one element of the text without being spoon fed the unravelling plot. Furthermore the wind symbolises the unpredictability of fate. The wind is described as being an uncontrollable force, which creates anxiety in both the reader and affects the narrator. In conclusion, I believe that most, if not all, the techniques and methods listed above are used contribute towards creating an effective, addictive and addictive opening chapter. Additionally, it is important to note that McEwan does this successfully, the main stimulant being, the thirst for more information and your undying curiosity. McEwan deliberately hands you a taste as to what may happen next, then forces it from you, making you want to read further to uncover what you so narrowly missed out on; And this is what, so successfully, makes the first chapter of the novel so effective, the need to read until the very end ...read more.

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