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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.

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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. McEwan intentionally places certain phrases throughout the opening that capture a reader and therefore provoking a sense of curiosity in the reader that makes them continue reading. The first example is, "The beginning is simple to mark," which is short and basic, but this allows the reader to wonder what is about to happen. The ideas here are clear and the reader is immediately caught because they are curious to see how these ideas are going to develop. A second example is, "...we heard a man's shout...and saw the danger. Next thing, I was running towards it," and "...- the event I am about to describe, the fall-..." ...read more.


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 visualize the environment or setting in which the action is taking place. Also, the narrator remembers that he was being passed a "1987 Daumas Gassac" specifically, which says that this day was important even before the fall; once again the reader wants to know why. Then McEwan's 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. ...read more.


As before, the details are an example of this, but also the dramatic words such as "enormity," "colossus," "knowable, limited," and "barrier of time," build up curiosity and interest that allows the reader to make some assumptions. Some conclusions that could be made from these words alone are that this event is one that Joe had to react to, but didn't have much choice in how to deal with it because time 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 ...read more.

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