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The opening three chapters of the novel 'Enduring Love' by Ian McEwan

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Introduction

In the opening three chapters of the novel 'Enduring Love' by Ian McEwan, McEwan manages to hook the reader straight into the story, which makes the reader want to read on further into the novel. McEwan does this in several ways and I will begin to tell you about them firstly with the first chapter, also through the ways he talks about some things through the use of scientific language. At the start of the first chapter we as the readers are firstly introduced to Mark (Joe Rose) who is telling us the story and we are also introduced to his girlfriend 'Clarissa'. Soon after being introduced to Mark and Clarissa, we are then introduced to four other men who are running along side of him when he is running towards what he called a 'catastrophe'. ...read more.

Middle

I have not read on just yet but of course I do plan to, but I do know that in the first opening three chapters of this novel we come across some interesting and fascinating language, which just makes readers want to read on and try to understand what he is talking about. He uses some amazing scientific words and most of the time quite descriptive. For example on page 5, ' We set off down our path arm in arm, still elated by our reunion; what was familiar about her- the size and feel of her hand, the warmth and tranquillity in her voice, the Celt's pale skin and green eyes- was also a novel, gleaming in the alien light, reminding me of our very first meetings and the months we spent falling in love.' ...read more.

Conclusion

Also the way the narrator's language is put into context is good because there is a lot of descriptive words as you can see from some of the quotations I have mentioned above. Some of the introduction of themes are very good because you can straight away figure out what is happening and because it is exciting and at a few times a bit dramatic, you are then intrigued to read on. We also come across some nice introductions of romantic themes when the narrator tells us about Mark and Clarissa and the love they both share for each other. There are a few narrative devices, for example the use of scientific language when he describes something specific. In quotations the narrator uses both scientific language and punctuation and also very well written descriptions. ...read more.

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