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

How effective do you find the opening to enduring love? What do you find interesting about McEwan's style?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How effective do you find the opening to enduring love? What do you find interesting about McEwan's style? The opening to Enduring Love is designed to draw us into the book and keep us reading on for more information. McEwan claimed that he wrote the opening chapter in a way that would give effects similar to a "highly addictive drug", always trying to keep the reader involved and addicted to the events unfolding. The key word here is "addictive". To make the opening addictive McEwan needs to utilize techniques that make the reader "addicted" to the novel, after reading the opening chapter I think to an extent he has achieved this. However I would hardly say the opening is anywhere near as addictive as a "highly addictive drug", nevertheless without using chemicals this is about as addictive as books come. Tension is commonly used in books to make them more exciting. Tension is used to good affect throughout the opening chapter to get the reader "addicted", this is a very important element for the opening to contain. Tension is built up in various styles in the opening. From the very first line, "The beginning is simple to mark" tension is present. ...read more.

Middle

balloon off the ground, "the first was vicious" "before the shouting could resume, the second punch came and knocked the balloon up". Throughout this paragraph where the incident is coming to its climax the reader is very anxious and tensed and this makes the opening effective. The opening also gives us a good picture of some of the characters and what to expect from them. Joe's scientific interests and thinking patterns appear even at this early stage, "I don't know how she resisted the urge to run" "comforting geometry" "limited plane" "that elemental gas" and such phrases show Joe is a logical thinker that relates things he sees to science and maths. He can't understand how Clarissa resists "the urge to run", this shows he has difficulty understanding Clarissa's illogical behaviour and is confused by it. McEwan effectively draws Joe's character out of him from the very start, this gets the reader to relate to the characters more, and this is an effective writing technique. The narrator reveals almost nothing about Joe's relationship with Clarissa apart from that they share a childless marriage, but doesn't offer us any reasons to why. He does this deliberately, leaving the reader needing more information to feed their addiction that this opening chapter has created. ...read more.

Conclusion

The last line of this final paragraph is also very long and flowing, which makes it gather suspension and dread throughout it. The last part of this sentence "a boy" "a man in need of help" gives the reader the subjects of the "catastrophe" and builds momentum for the stories conclusion. An interesting style present in the opening chapter is the way that McEwan leaves gaps between the actual balloon stories. He fills these gaps with other stories not anything directly to do with the incident, this technique builds up the characters and what we know of them and makes us even more eager to hear or "addicted" to the balloon story. I think this is both interesting and effective and found when I was reading the book that I was drawn to every word. Styles and techniques present in the opening of "Enduring Love" are important because they make the reader more likely to carry on reading the rest of the book. What is really interesting here is that the main event is in the first chapter this leaves the reader empty and desiring more from the book after the first chapter. I think this make the book interesting and certainly makes it different, from high point of the opening the book falls down and builds slowing up again to the final climax. I think this is effective. ...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. Part I Section One Summary (page 1-13,

    This image reminds one of water after a body has plunged into it. Once water is disturbed, a ring of circular ripples emanates outward from the central point. This idea provides an insight into the very writing of Woolf. Mrs.

  2. What do you find interesting in McEwan's portrayal of Jed Parry?

    de Cl�rambaut's syndrome leads to Parry casting Joe in the role of, or even above, God, hence his references to Joe as somewhat omnipotent, for example in stating "if you forgive me, God will too". In his mind Parry believes that God, a definite being, is consenting to the attraction

  1. "McEwan uses a variety of writing genre in the novel 'Enduring Love'. This mix ...

    He reads out a number of "items" all contradicting Joe's version of the lunchtime happenings, then "...smiled, or rather stretched his lips without parting them". All of these aspects of the detective genre force the reader to ask questions, questioning the characters, the plot and even themselves.

  2. What are our impressions of the narrator in the opening section of

    This implies that the narrator is in a way almost fond of a drama like this, as it gives him the opportunity to "act the hero", as it were.

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

    At his point we are given no reason to doubt Joe and what he is telling us. However at the end of chapter 3 we are given an inclination not to trust Joe as much as we do as Jed phones Joe and tells him that he loves Joe; "I

  2. Looking At The First Ten Chapters, Discuss What You Find Interesting In The Way ...

    but he is a character who is crafty at getting what he wants, and in relation to his want to convert Jo into becoming a religious being, he uses the word 'love' extensively to address Jo's emotions and gradually bring him round into his way of thinking.

  1. What do you find interesting about the way the writer presents the character of ...

    Mcewan uses Jed's first letter to Joe in chapter 11 as a device to show the relationship from Jed's point of view. But also more importantly in this chapter we start to encounter similiarities between the before very contrasting characters.

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

    just like how a craftsman would hammer the parts of a construction together. The words "grinding" and "hammering" shows how the couple are breaking the story up into manageable pieces the placing it back together in a different form. Craftsmen are very dedicated and pay good attention to detail so

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