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Enduring Love - by Ian McKewen - Discuss the changing relationship between Clarissa and Joe.

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  • Submitted: 31/03/2006
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Enduring Love - by Ian McKewen

Discuss the changing relationship between Clarissa and Joe.

The relationship between Clarissa and Joe changes throughout the story. The only sorrow at first is the fact that Clarissa couldn't have children, but despite this they still had a steady, satisfying relationship and were very happy, contented and loving. After the balloon incident and Joe learns of Jed's obsession, and in turn becomes obsessed himself, the relationship between Clarissa and him deteriorates. Slowly at first but then rapidly until they no longer live as lovers, but more so as a matter of having to. Trust and communication breaks down and eventually Clarissa moves out. However there is still love between them, and once the truth is discovered they learn there is still a chance to work at their relationship to piece things together again.

From the very beginning in chapter one it starts with Joe talking about Clarissa, giving the impression of their relationship as he talks of a romantic picnic alone together that he had thoughtfully prepared. On page three Joe states:

"Even without the balloon the day would have been marked for memory, through the most pleasurable

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