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Commentary on Ian McEwan's Enduring Love Appendix 1

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Alexander von Ramm English A1 Mr. Kirk IB1 Commentary on Ian McEwan's Enduring Love "Appendix 1" After the 24th chapter Ian McEwan added two appendices. Imitating the style and structure of a scientific paper the first appendix explains the science behind Parry's condition. This "hoax" scientific paper was accepted by a number of critics including an eminent psychiatrist. This commentary is supposed to show the reasons for the acceptance of this paper. Furthermore I am going to explain why the author had to add to add this appendix after his farytale ending in chapter 24. In order to imitate the style of a scientific paper Ian McEwan uses a highly scientific language. Therefore his he uses a lot of technical terms like "nosological entity" and "associated pathologies of love". He totally changes his use of language into a scientific way. He avoids originality and personality which leads to a highly objective voice. ...read more.

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Describing a the woman who felt in love with King George V he gives an example for the syndrome. In addition to that he follows the scientific way of finding an answer or conclusion. After a clear description of the case he comes via a discussion to a conclusion which is based on evidence which was found during the discussion. Furthermore his conclusion is structured like a medical diagnosis. Therefore he names Parry's disease and it's symptoms and explains that he has to go into the psychopathology. Ian McEwan eradicates everything which is not part of his scientific interest. This creates a style which is boring to most of the people and common for scientific papers. Furthermore Ian McEwan imitates the structure of a scientific paper by arguing in the scientific way from the general to the specific. Starting with a general explanation about the syndrome Ian McEwan "zooms" in until he finishes his paper with a specific description of Jed Parry's disease. ...read more.

Conclusion

With appendix one the author shows that the story of Jed Parry, Joe and Clarissa is not finished with the farytale ending in chapter 24. This increases reality factor of the story. But the main function of appendix one is to sum up the whole thesis which Ian McEwan tries to convey with his novel. This highlights and makes his thesis understandable to everybody. Furthermore the report explains in scientific language that love and madness are quite close together. Furthermore it describes that it is the same feeling which can lead to a marriage as good as into the psychopathology. In addition to that it tries to draw the line between the both. Finally this satisfying conclusion allows the reader to create a better opinion about Jed Parry, which was impossible when his victim was narrating. There are quite a lot of functions for this appendix. Especially for the thesis which is emphasized by appendix one this scientific report is quite important. ...read more.

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