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    Analyse the breakdown of the relationship between Joe and Clarissa in Enduring Love by Ian McEwan.

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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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Conclusion analysis

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How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare Virginia Woolf"s novels Mrs. Dalloway and The Waves as the representatives of her early and late work.

    "To sum up, we would like to say that in these two novels of Virginia Woolf, many similar facts as well as the different ones can be found. However, Mrs. Dalloway is easier to read; it is easier to understand. We would say that Mrs. Dalloway is the real masterpiece of Virginia Woolf. In The Waves Virginia Woolf shows us that no rules must be followed. It is pure experimental work and the reader of this novel must be more experienced."

  • 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.

    "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."

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

    "The relationship, in conclusion, between Joe & Clarissa changed several times. They have always been in love, and the love has never died. It was questioned by both of them when Jed became involved. The trust and communication broke down. The support, friendship and love became lost. Clarissa doubted Joe's sanity, outlook, and did not believe him. She felt he became obsessed and blocked her out, pushing her away. Joe felt Clarissa was unsupportive of the fact he was being stalked and did not listen to him and that he felt he was increasingly on his own. They went up and down a few times, down usually when Joe's obsession seemed thrown back after an incident with Joe. Once the truth came out about Jed, Clarissa needed time away from Joe properly to think and went to live with her brother. Time and distance for them worked as a healer. There was no more need to be obsessed or to doubt each other. They had never lost sight of love they learned to overcome what had happened and got back together, and continued where they had once left off. They later completed what was missing, a child, and adopted."

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