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What do you find interesting and distinctive about the opening chapter of "Enduring Love?"

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What do you find interesting and distinctive about the opening chapter of "Enduring Love?" The first chapter of "Enduring Love" is famously known by book lovers and critics alike for its enthralling opening, which left his readers gasping for air through the heart thumping suspense. The chapter opens with setting the scene of the incident. MacEwan creates foreboding by implying that something is about to happen. "...this was the pinprick of time on the time map...saw danger..." We know that something bad is going to take place, this immediately casts a black cloud over what we are about to read and so intrigues the reader; luring us to read on. The way in which MacEwan writes in first person retrospect is essential to the story in its entirety, as this narrative approach allows us into Joes' most inner thoughts and feelings, engrossing us in the characters emotionally, and giving us the feeling of transporting into the book, physically. ...read more.

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These make us visualise and think of the scenes in certain ways. Their use is very deliberate. The thing that fascinates me most about the opening of chapter one, is that Joe begins to tell the reader about the incident through the eyes of a buzzard. This crane shot gives the reader the advantage of being able to see, or rather imagine the whole scene in the field, and ironically, able us to see Jed Parry and Joe running towards each other "...like lovers..." Again, MacEwans' use of narrative and flashback is used to full advantage as the reader finds out the significance of Parrys' and Joes collision. Something very distinctive about the opening chapter is the way that MacEwan writes about the way Joe feels when he saw danger. "What idiocy, to be racing away...from our happiness..." This line holds a sense of ambiguity as it is written with hindsight. Yes he was racing away from their peaceful afternoon, was this also a sign that he ran away from their happiness they had together? ...read more.

Conclusion

"The child was not my child...being good made no sense..." Was this basic human instinct or utter-selfishness? Logan held on. This was his instinct as a father, husband, doctor and rescue worker. Joe questions, who let go first? Was it him? He can't be sure, although he's not prepared to admit it was him. Consequently, Joe reels over the event again, again and again, exhausting himself with the same questions. Could he ever recover from this horrific event? And so the reader is left with many open ends and so continues to reads on. In conclusion there are many things which intrigue me about "Enduring Love" and many things which are incredibly distinctive. The way in which Ian MacEwan writes using the narrative approach enables him to affect the reader emotionally and psychologically. He's very direct in the way he wants you to imagine things, for example the buzzard. The use of flashback and freeze framing allows him to interrupt events with thoughts creating tension and suspense. MacEwan writes Joe incredibly well in the first chapter, accounting for his reactions emotionally, and physically. I just have to read on. ...read more.

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