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English Literature. Enduring Love Analysing Chapter 1. Ian McEwan begins this novel with a very eventful chapter. Chapter 1 sets the scene for the rest of this book. The novel begins with the narrator and his girlfriend (Clarrisa) in a field. Then danger emerges out of nowhere and the narrator finds himself trying to secure and bring down a balloon that has a child entrapped in it. However the situation ends in disaster as the Balloon proves to heavy for the crew of 5 to pull down. They all let go except one John Logan who goes up with the uncontrollable balloon and dangles from the ropes in mid air until he let go and accelerated towards the floor, no forgiveness or kindness just ruthless gravity. The book instantly hooks readers; McEwans first sentence instantly makes you brain work. ' The beginning is simple to mark.' ...read more.


The balloon event is the main part of the chapter and obviously is going to affect the onlookers as I am sure you would be emotionally and mentally scared if you saw a man fall 100 feet to his death. The narrator rationalises the event and doesn't want to accept the situation. Morality is the corner stone of this novel and the narrator shows a lack of it when he says 'I'm not prepared to accept that it was me who let go (of the balloon). But everyone claims not to have let go first. The narrator expresses guilt and none of the 4 men involved want to accept the fact a fellow mans death may be there fault. I am sure that the event will affect the narrator as the book story unfolds. McEwan effectively uses imagery in the book very regularly. ...read more.


However one of the shortest sentences is the first sentence, which has great impact upon the readers mind. McEwans vocabulary is very scientific leading us to think that the narrator may have a job involving science? The tone used is very surreal and the comparisons of the balloon event to a cartoon prove that the narrator doesn't want to accept the situation so he postpones the description and uses cartoons to rationalise the event. I didn't expect the book to start this strongly with the main event happening so early into the book. The book so far has been very engrossing and you have to read on because you're hooked and you want to know what twist or turn the plot is going to take next. In my opinion the first chapter is the start of an engrossing plot and you cant put the book down because you become hooked within the first chapter. McEwan has written the book effectively hooking the reader instantly so they have a job to put the book down. By Will Bush ...read more.

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