• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"Enduring Love gracefully bridges genres; it's a psychological thriller, a meditation on the narrative impulse, a novel of ideas." With close reference to the text, explore McEwan's use of key features and conventions of different genres of writing.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"Enduring Love gracefully bridges genres; it's a psychological thriller, a meditation on the narrative impulse, a novel of ideas." With close reference to the text, explore McEwan's use of key features and conventions of different genres of writing. What impact does this have on the reader? Enduring Love contains many generic conventions that do all appear to slide into one another, to make an altogether un-conventional story. I am going to explore these genres and types of writing in the book, in order to extract their key features and conventions and gain a better understanding into what grips the reader whilst reading the novel. Although not immediately obvious, Enduring Love has many generic conventions from the detective and crime genres. We have our first glimpse of some kind of detective story when Joe first calls the police, in chapter eight. This appears to subside, (although it is mentioned more than three times; there is no contact with the police), until we reach chapter eighteen. Here Joe actually goes to the police station and we have the convention of a police interview. The policeman himself is a conventional character-he has a 'large round face', and seems quite disinterested in Joe's complaint. The police station is described as a worn down, fairly lazy place, with 'friction, and a great deal of general wear and tear'. This fits the convention of a worn police station, often seen in gritty crime dramas, and thrilling detective novels. ...read more.

Middle

Joe; the suffering victim and Jed: the obsessive stalker. The whole plot is a convention in itself: the way Jed's obsession eats away at Joe's sanity, letters and phone calls, eventual violence towards the victim. It seems to hold all the conventions of such a novel. It's dark and very dramatic. The idea of scenes in the rain is used to tremendous effect in chapter ten. With Jed shouting at Joe in the middle of the street in the pouring rain; 'What do you want? You Love me and you want to destroy me. You pretend it's not happening. Nothing happening! You f---! You're playing...torturing me...giving me all your f---ing little secret signals to keep me coming towards you.' McEwan paints a vivid and emotional picture of pain in love with this scene. The person crying in the rain is another key feature in thriller books and films. Although the convention is the victim crying in the rain, but McEwan plays with the reader's mind into who is the victim throughout the first half of the novel. He crosses genres in the rain scene with the greatest of ease; it contains elements of thriller, drama, and romance. There are religious over-tones to these genres, as Jed claims he is trying to bring Joe to God. Jed gets confirmation of his decision to go on this mission with the discovery that Joe has written many scientific articles that deny the existence of God. ...read more.

Conclusion

All the love mentioned in the novel endures to the end; Jed's love for Joe, Clarissa and Joe's love for each other and Jean's love for her deceased husband. The love in the novel is not, overall, generic for a Romance novel. The only love story that is, is Clarissa and Joe's love. In itself could definitely be found in a Romance novel. Although, include all the surrounding events, and it wouldn't be so likely. Clarissa and Joe's love story feeds off these events though, so it wouldn't be the story that it is without the events. It is another highly dramatic aspect of the novel. The argument in chapter nine illustrates this high dramatic intensity. As I have said before, the drama in the novel is the key to it's successful gluing together of genres. As a result it has a great impact upon the reader. The novel may have many generic conventions, but all the conventions build up together to make the perfect drama. But this drama has something different. It contains ideas on all the sciences, religion and society. This mixture of fact and fiction leaves a lasting impact on the reader. They are left with a great, roller coaster of a novel, with un-expected twists, and a wonderful formulated plot, and things to thing about, on many issues: science in the world, religion in today's society, and also more basic things; love, relationships, and the significance of themselves and their actions. Almost any view of the novel would be correct as it has everything in it. 'Enduring Love' has a lasting and powerful effect on the reader. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Ian McEwan section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Ian McEwan essays

  1. Aim: What effect does the dual narration have upon the readers understanding of the ...

    children like to exaggerate and this is just younger Stephen expressing his feelings about a member of the close. Moreover, when younger Stephen narrates the story, Frayn uses delayed revelation to build up suspense for the reader "avert the catastrophe, I can feel looming, though what that catastrophe might be

  2. Through a close analysis of the description of the temple, consider McEwans use of ...

    The image created by McEwan of it being perfectly placed 'near enough to the water's edge' enabling it to cast 'an interesting reflection in the lake' emphasises its man-made qualities. It could be argued that this flawless placement echoes Briony's aim to depict a journey of love and atonement.

  1. Compare Virginia Woolf"s novels Mrs. Dalloway and The Waves as the representatives of her ...

    She is complex in her sensibility, her love of the beautiful. Septimus is a vivid study of madness, something that Virginia Woolf knew about. These two characters can be taken as the criticism of society of that time. Clarissa as the representative of the people who lives empty life of

  2. How effective do you find the opening to enduring love? What do you find ...

    The other main character that is introduced is Jed Parry. Joe is drawn to him and refers to him more than the other men that were involved in the rescue. Jed is unemployed and living off and inheritance. At this point, not much else is revealed about Jed.

  1. How does McEwan Present Ideas about Memory and Recall in "Enduring Love"

    feel it too, I love you", however instead of telling Clarissa this he decides to keep it to himself; "wrong number. Go to sleep". This gives the reader a reason not to be so trusting of what Joe is telling us.

  2. Evident throughout the entire plot of 'Enduring Love', Ian McEwan fuses three different genres: ...

    Distinctly, McEwan entices the reader into his 2nd genre choice: the detective story in which he incorporates into the action of the plot. "...nor have I discovered, who let go first. I'm not prepared to accept that it was me."

  1. Why And How Does The Introduction Of The Sub-Plot Link With The Novel So Far?

    The sub-plot is introduced to break away from the intensity and tension of the awkward love triangle between Clarissa, Jed and Joe. As a reader, it can become exhausting to read as the characters of Jed and Joe are very strong.

  2. Ian McEwan stated that in writing "Enduring Love" he wanted to create a novel ...

    a form of medication that needs to be taken as they keep retelling the story over and over again. They retell it to such an extent that they become more wrapped up in the actually structure and form of the story.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work