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Compare the two occasions on which Joe Rose and Jed Parry meet {Chap 2 and Chap 7} - What is different and what is the same? Who is in love with whom? In Enduring Love by Ian McEwan.

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Compare the two occasions on which Joe Rose and Jed Parry meet {Chap 2 and Chap 7}. What is different and what is the same? Who is in love with whom? In Enduring Love by Ian McEwan From the beginning of Chapter 2 to the end of Chapter seven the reader will go through a complete opinion change of both Joe Rose and Jed Parry. In Chapter 2, it appears that Joe has an interest in both Parry and a self-love for himself; however, there are signs of the growing love that Jed has for Joe. A very obvious difference between the two chapters is how different the situation is and therefore Jed and Joe's mental states. In chapter 2 it is most likely that the two men will be feeling guilt, fear or sadness which will not help their rational state of mind. ...read more.

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The focus in the two chapters is different as well. In chapter 2 the focus was on the death of John Logan with the sub text pointing to the love of Jed, however, in Chapter seven the focus has changed to the relationship between Joe and Jed. Already, in chapter 2 the reader can understand that Joe is getting slightly annoyed with Jed, 'my silence was hostile.' So, like Jed's love for Joe grows through the chapters, Joe's annoyance with Jed also grows. In this chapter too it is apparent that the two men have very different objectives. Joe was interested in John Logan and what had happened to him but Jed, 'was more interested in me {Joe}.' In Chapter 2 Joe is very descriptive about Jed, 'He wore jeans and box-fresh trainers tied with red laces.' The reader interprets this fine detail into an interest for Jed. ...read more.

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And this made Joe speak to Jed with, 'kindness.' An additional mistake that Joe repeatedly made was that he just couldn't turn away from Jed. In chapter 2 he describes the fact that he has to answer Parry's questions as, 'irresistible' and in Chapter seven he admits that,' he should have walked on, but his intensity held me.' And this is the same for Jed as, 'He really didn't want to let me {Joe} go.' In conclusion, I have decided that the way Joe treats Jed from the beginning, being unconsciously kind, is tragic but not his fault. This kindness clearly fuelled Jed's love but Joe could not have foreseen this. In Chapter 2 there is also a sense that Joe 'loves' himself, 'I read the fractional widening of the young man's eyes as respect. It was what I felt for myself anyway', and perhaps this is what the 'timid' Jed finds so endearing about Joe to start with. ...read more.

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