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This quote does not doubt this fact - it does begin to put a new spin on things though. But why does Joe not tell Clarissa about the phone call? There are several reasons why this may be, but looking at Joes character - quite a straight laced, level headed person - it is more likely that Joe was embarrassed by what was said during the call as it is not your everyday occurrence that a strange man calls to tell you that he loves you in the early hours of the morning. It is probable that Joe also feels that he has indirectly been unfaithful to Clarissa as the phone call was directed at him and so it is possible Joe is feeling guilty.
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The context of Joe and Jed are very important to the entire storyline. As Jed compels Joe to face all hurdles, including the instances of murder and madness; she adds enough excitement to the novel. There are innumerable instances when the reader faces suspicion, surprise and above all fear. The complicated relationship between these two characters adds the elements of mystery to the plot. As the author starts getting into the complicated aspects of murder and mystery; the novel turns itself into a detective genre. There is a parallel plot justifying 'emotional justice' followed by 'unconditional love' in the novel.
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Parry loves Joe because he thinks that they had a moment down the bottom of the hill after the balloon incident that led to Mr. Logan's drastic death. This is the instance that Parry first felt as though Joe was in love with him although Joe rejected Parry by not praying with him. With the missed calls that occur later on in the novel, Joe begins to feel frightened and sickened with Parry. Joe feels as though his personal space has been violated and feels as though his life could be in danger if he acts in the wrong way
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Evident throughout the entire plot of 'Enduring Love', Ian McEwan fuses three different genres: love story, detective story and thriller
"We set off down our path arm in arm...the warmth and tranquillity in her voice", Concentrating on the 'romance' genre, McEwan allows the reader to feel a connection with Joe as we are made aware of his emotions for Clarissa. Exploring different themes of love, we become acquainted with Clarissa's love of Keats poetry, "Clarissa's interest in these hypothetical letters had something to do with our own situation" and the love for others surrounding Joe at the station "it was smiles and hugs, and in thirty-five minutes I experienced more than fifty theatrical happy endings".
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The use of narrative and chronological time not being the same in the first chapter also gives the reader different views of Joe's own memory and what kind of state he is in within the first chapter; the change from people running towards the balloon to then of Joe's and Clarissa's reunion to then being back at the balloon accident. From the very beginning of the novel we, as the reader, see that Joe is a very rational person who has to think about every single detail of his own life and other people's lives around his own.
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This is a significant moment in the novel as we discover later on that this was the point when Jed's obsession began and the moment on which the rest of the story is based. McEwan uses religious imagery to convey the embarrassment felt by Joe and passion of Jed's beliefs. '..., as I saw it, to deliver me from the radiating power of Jed Parry's love and pity.' The use of the verb 'deliver' has religious overtones and suggests deliverance in the same Christian sense of Jesus 'delivered' mankind.
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'I had come to explain, to establish my guiltlessness, my innocence of his death' McEwan also links Jean Logan and Joe's meeting with the awkwardness seen in Joe and Jed's first meeting. Jean Logan is very harsh and snaps in a way similar to Joe's abrupt treatment of Jed. 'I don't know why you've come' she said. 'I hope it isn't to satisfy your curiosity'. Her behaviour is aloof and cold towards Joe. This behaviour is similar to Joe's first meeting with Jed as he refuses to go to a caf� and seems eager to remove himself from the difficult situation 'We'll be fine right here', I said.
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Looking At The First Ten Chapters, Discuss What You Find Interesting In The Way The Writer Presents The Character Of Jed Parry
It is when Jo describes Parry for a second time that a more distinctive physical description is given and the reader gets a true sense of character. (Chapter 2, page 19/20) "His long bony face was framed round a pained question. He looked wretched, like a dog about to be punished..." this is a perfect example of McEwan's gradual character delineation, where he firstly creates an aesthetic understanding of Parry, but holds back from informing the reader of his mental state/personality.
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Ian McEwan stated that in writing "Enduring Love" he wanted to create a novel of ideas. What are the most important concepts that he explores in chapters one to five of "Enduring Love"?
However this is simply the introduction to this theme as McEwan gently introduces it to the reader. Further on in the chapter three the deeper meaning of the story telling theme is portrayed. Joe and Clarissa arrive home after the traumatic experience of the accident and they retell each other their own personal narratives, the main purpose of this being so that they can gain some sort of explanation as they are confused by the whole event- "...how do we make sense of this?" Clarissa asks Joe at one point. All forms of narrative reach a point where issues are resolved and there is some form of closure achieved. This is what the couple are searching for.
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Explore in detail the presentation of the characters of Joe (the narrator) and Clarissa in the first three chapters of Enduring love
She has been away in America looking for three or four unpublished poems from Keats. She believes there must be some letters sent in between the time of him dieing and the last letter as it is such a big gap. Due to a routine surgical procured going wrong Clarissa has been left unable to bear children. This has made her change her outcome in life since the operation. . A friends child died only being a few weeks old Clarissa was unable to cope with the lose of a small child and broke down " what was revealed was Clarissa's mourning of a phantom child.
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Explore chapter 1 of Enduring Love and consider what it reveals about Joe as a character and a narrator
John Logan flew with the balloon and all the other men were shocked by this terrible sight. First of all, Joe's character is revealed by the way he tells us the story. It is obvious that Joe is a scientist as he uses some very professional and scientific words to describe things he sees. The way he thinks is very logical and analytical. For example, when Joe talks about the balloon that they were running toward as "filled with helium, the elemental gas formed from Hydrogen in the nuclear furnace if stars..." He also uses words such as "direction of the force", "angles of collision", "relative distances and compass point" these phrases all show that he can't resist being related to science.
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This builds a sense of suspense and uncertainty it can also be frustrating as the reader is not sure what is happening. The first chapter of Enduring love begins with a short introductory sentence, which gives insight into Joe's personality. The fact that Joe describes 'the beginning' of his story as 'simple to mark' and the idea of an event happening being 'the pinprick on the timemap' shows Joe's empirical character, it is obvious from the start that Joe has to think things through methodologically.
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The way, in which Joe's actions are unplanned and were therefore irrational, increases tension as the reader has no faith in Joe as he does not know what's going to happen either. The style of pace is both increasing and decreasing throughout the chapter. Generally this technique increases the pace of the chapter as a whole, which is structurally important as the plot is starting to reach a climax and therefore symbolises its significance. McEwan also uses sentence structures to increase pace, by means of a complex sentences followed by simple sentence such as "It was a while since I had heard this devise, the percentages snatched from the air, the unprovenanced research, the measurement of the immeasurable.
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She could be implying that it's Joe's private way of expressing himself, indirectly. Joe's use of scientific and rational thoughts are emphasised by his language "What occurred simultaneously or in quick succession, what was said, how we moved or failed to move..." He uses complex vocabulary, which is more effective, such as: antecedent, transmutations, and articulate advocacy. This creates an atmosphere and is therefore symbolic to the reader. It could be suggested that science is a dramatic devise to distract the reader from knowing Joe's true feelings, leaving it up to the reader to question, and make up their own suggestions, allowing character development construction up to the individual.
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This straight away starts to trigger off questions in the readers mind and increases curiosity. The opening scene involves emotion. Ian McEwan uses visual imagery, allowing the reader to associate with the characters and atmosphere by showing an emotional relationship. This instantly triggers questions of who, what, why, when, and how. We know they're celebrating, but we don't know why, "Clarissa was passing me the bottle..." This is McEwan's way of keeping the reader interested by withholding information. The reader starts thinking and therefore becomes more engrossed. The beginning paragraph symbolises to the reader that this event is meaningful and significant, "This was the moment", "Touched my palm", (in my opinion, this metaphorically means, touched
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Compare and contrast the presentation of Joe and Jed up to the end of chapter 12 in 'Enduring Love'.
Jed is physically, merely described as: "He was twenty-eight, unemployed, living on an inheritance in Hampstead". (Chapter 1) In chapter 3, we learn through Joe, that he is feeling trapped, and imprisoned with the ballooning incident, with having to tell the story to so many of his and Clarissa's friends. The whole chapter exposes Joe's characteristics as a narrator. His uses scientific jargon a lot, evidence of his love for science, but I think that Joe uses all this scientific jargon, not only because he has good knowledge in the science field, but also because he may be re-assuring himself of his scientific potential, of being a true scientist and not an ordinary man who everybody has left on the shelf for someone with better knowledge, experience and success in science.
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At the start of the novel the narrator is presented to the reader as a man who lives in a well ordered world. Examine the way in which your responses to the character are shaped up to and including chapter 15.
At the airport, McEwan presents Joe as very analytical. This is a reflection of the work he does. He watches how people react with a cold detachedness. "...I experienced more than fifty theatrical happy endings, each one with the appearance of being slightly less well acted than the one before, until I began to feel emotionally exhausted." This is a brief view into how Joe thinks. He is very pessimistic about human emotions and how they are portrayed. He seems to think that the feelings shown at the airport are acted out. This kind of reasoning is common throughout the beginning of the novel.
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As a wife McEwan presents Clarissa to begin with as a very loyal and close person to Joe. This is reflected when McEwan uses Joe to state that in their seven years of married life, they did not spend vast amounts of time apart, the six weeks that had just gone by was the longest that they had ever been away from each other. This could be a suggestion made by McEwan that times were changing even if both of them were oblivious to it.
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Discuss the Progress of Jed Parry’s Obsession and Joe’s Awareness of It In the First Four Chapters of the Novel.
The first time Jed Parry's name is mentioned is very early on in the first chapter alongside John Logan. This indicates they must be important to be mentioned so early and McEwan gives us a hint that this character is one to be noted of as Joe picks him out, "knowing what I know what I know now, it is odd to evoke the figure of Jed Parry". "As for Jed Parry my view of him was blocked by the balloon", this is intriguing as you look back after reading on, as Joe is always watching him and seems to be weary of him at this early stage when the balloon incident occurs.
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Compare Virginia Woolf"s novels Mrs. Dalloway and The Waves as the representatives of her early and late work.
The story takes place on the June day in London after the war. It explores the idea of time by including past memories and future hopes of the characters. The novel ends with a party given by Clarissa, where Septimus's doctor tells her about his suicide and he brings a death into the party. We would consider thos scene to be the best one of this book. The author precisely describes terror of Clarissa, her feelings and views. The novel The Waves was written in 1931.
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We can also tell that Joe is obsessed with Science because he mixes Science with his personal life. He also admits and at the same time accepts that he is a "rationalist". "It was rationalism gone berserk." On the other hand as the story develops we recognise that Joe also has an obsession with Parry. This is an unconscious obsession, which he does not know he has but is encouraging it. This obsession with Parry grows stronger as Parry continues to stalk him. His obsession is mixed with fear, anger and isolation all at the same time. "He had phoned me the day before, after all, and he was on my lips, on my mind.
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It suggests a point in time that Joe is reflecting on, a time of happiness, which was never to return. Incidentally this is when we are told of the balloon accident. This first paragraph gives us clues to Joe's character. From the narrative language we get the impression that Joe is a very scientific man, and that he has a job in science. Later on in the novel we find out that he is in fact a science journalist. The build up to the description of the balloon accident, also reveals a lot about Joes life.
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At the start of the novel the narrator is represented to the reader as a man who lives in a well-ordered world - Examine the ways in which your responses to this character are shaped throughout the novel.
We the audience are already aware of the outcome due to the narrator's reference to "the encounter that would unhinge us" but the mystery of how it occurs urges us to continue reading. He tells the reader that he and Clarissa are "sprinting away from our happiness" and this suggests that Joe's life is about to suffer a major disruption. McEwan rapidly builds up the enormity of the impending incident, which will "shatter" well-ordered world Joe has constructed. Initially Joe constructs the impression that he lives in a well-ordered world in the opening chapter by revealing that he is in a happy and loving relationship with Clarissa.
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and then, "thought Clarissa Dalloway, what a morning-fresh as if issued to children on a beach." Is Clarissa Mrs. Dalloway's daughter? Sister? Cousin? Is she someone else entirely? Both titles turn out to refer to the same person but Clarissa is the one who thinks and feels and Mrs. Dalloway is one of her control mechanisms for her own life. She choose to become Mrs. Dalloway for the structure it gives her, the companionship without competition, and the mutual admiration. "So Peter Walsh and Clarissa, sitting side by side, challenged each other." (MD 44) While constantly challenging each other, neither would have found any peace.
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Explore the ways in which McEwan builds tension and suspense in the first five chapters of Enduring Love.
This adds an element of excitement and tension which drives you to read on and find out the relevance of the comment. McEwan denies information to the reader when Joe is retelling what happened so there are pieces of the puzzle still missing which need to be filled in later on, building up tension. An example of this is after the accident; the reader doesn't know what has happened to the boy in the balloon's basket, information that is not given until page 32: "The boy, Harry Gadd, turned out to be unharmed" McEwan manages to drag this out almost
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