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What are our impressions of the narrator in the opening section of "Enduring Love." In the section of "Enduring Love," by Ian McEwan, our impressions of the narrator are formed by the use of language that he employs and the emphasis he places on his own actions and thoughts as well as those of Clarissa. I will show by analyzing his observations and attitudes as they arise in the passage. Our initial impression on reading through the passage is that the narrator is speaking as though he is giving evidence to a court. He is using language that is often pompous and sometimes judgmental; this is mostly directed against Clarissa. The passage opens with a rhetorical question; "What was Clarissa doing?" ...read more.


The second way that the statement could be taken is in a sexist disparaging way against Clarissa. The narrator appears to be implying that he is unsure how Clarissa resisted the urge to see what is going on or to help, almost implying that she is interfering in other circumstances or that she is uncaring. The fact that he has not mentioned her name since the start of the passage, instead referring to her as; "she," also gives us the impression that he sees Clarissa as inferior to himself. He continues with his criticism of Clarissa describing her as being; "Well placed as an observer," and; "Unencumbered by participation." This is essentially describing her as someone frivolous and unconcerned with the welfare of others. ...read more.


The closing section of the passage again gives us the impression that the narrator is a deep thinker. "The aftermath, an appropriate term for what happened in a field waiting for its early summer mowing. The aftermath, the second crop, the growth promoted by that first cut in may." The narrator describes the aftermath by a, metaphor showing that he has thought deeply about what has happened. This shows an almost obsessive quality in the narrator implying that he will keep going over the story until it at last makes sense to him Throughout this passage the author Ian McEwan gives the narrator several different characteristics that are shown through different points. Although the passage is quite short McEwan shows a pompous arrogant side to the narrator as well as touching upon the fact that this could only be a protective layer to the narrators self doubt and vulnerability. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ellie Greenwood ...read more.

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