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Why do you think that McEwan chooses to include the appendices after the plot of the novel was completed? - How far do you think that McEwan suggests that our lives are predestined for us? In the novel 'Enduring Love' - McEwan

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Laura Cullingworth 12/11/01 i. What further light does the appendix II shed on the character of Jed? ii. Why do you think that McEwan chooses to include the appendices after the plot of the novel was completed? iii. How far do you think that McEwan suggests that our lives are predestined for us? In the novel 'Enduring Love', by using the appendices McEwan shows us the intelligence of his writing. The majority of readers are fooled into thinking that the case study in the fake book, 'The British Journal of Psychiatry', "P" is a real person. This leads the reader into thinking that the whole book is based around this case study. However, the appendices are actually a result of McEwan's clever writing. It was him who wrote it, and not a study done by Doctors Wenn and Camio (actually anagrams of Ian McEwan!) In the appendix II, a letter from Jed to Joe, the severity of Jed's condition shines through. After nearly four years of being locked up in a psychiatric institution Jed Parry still appears to be as ridden with de Cl�rabaults syndrome as he ever has been. The letter is a conclusion, summing up and confirming all the aspects of Jed. His religious views are one of the most prominent features of the letter: - "...the resplendence of God's glory and love." ...read more.

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ii. For me, the appendices are a suitable conclusion for "Enduring Love". It concludes what has happened to Jed Parry and his current mental state. It links in with the title proving how anybody can fall in love with anybody. The book shows how Joe had to endure (defined in the dictionary as a verb meaning to last; bear; undergo) being loved by Jed and the appendix II shows how Jed is enduring loving Joe. The appendices also show how easy it is to be tricked. The psychological report of de Cl�rambaults, with the case study being "P", i.e. Jed Parry, reads to make us think that the whole book was based on this case study McEwan knew about from the 'British Journal of Psychiatry' (not actually a real book). However, really he had written it himself. Obviously, McEwan will not have fooled every reader, but it seriously makes you think and ask questions about the reality of the novel. A book that forces the reader to ask questions, I think, is always worth reading. When I read "Enduring Love" for the first time, I actually thought Joe had written the report. He had always talked of "getting back into science" and I thought this was how he eventually did it, by getting into psychology. ...read more.

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Clarissa has always wanted children, and destiny finally allows her the pleasures of mother hood. However, I think this story line could also be viewed as a person trying to altar destiny. Being left unable to have children naturally, it is a physical impossibility for Clarissa to be a biological mother. However, she is not prepared to accept this fact, therefore adopts a child in order to full-fill her dream. Finally Jed shows his belief in pre-destiny. He believes it is his destiny to be with Joe and bring him to God: - "...everyday I spend here brings you one tiny step closer to that glorious light, His love...you also become mine." I think this is why he does not get mad in the appendix II, as he knows one day he will be with Joe, regardless of what he has to go through to finally be with him. Joe, however, is an example of a character who would most certainly not believe in pre-destination. His mind works in a very logical and scientifical way: - "You're so rational sometimes." He shows no belief in karma or fate when he says to Clarissa: - "I thought even you were above this new age drivel." The way in which pre-destination appears in "Enduring Love", I think, depends on the personal feelings and views of the reader. ...read more.

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