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Discuss the many stories told in chapter 3. Comment of the effectiveness to the novel.

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Discuss the many stories told in chapter 3. Comment of the effectiveness to the novel. There are many stories conveyed in chapter 3, some stories are more prominent than others. The most obvious story is that of Joe's, as he is the narrator of the novel. Joe's story follows one that is direct to his perception. This presents the reader with a biased account of what happened, and each character's behaviour as it is based primarily on Joe's interpretation. Following on from this idea , there is a sense of scepticism introduced into the reader's mind, it casts seeds of doubt on the story Joe is telling, it makes it seem distorted through Joe. In chapter 3 the reader is introduced to a primitive, or selfish aspect to Joe's nature, this is presented through the referral to Joe's needs, not Clarissa's or anyone else's but simply Joe's, "I couldn't yet bear to talk about it". ...read more.


Joe initially separates his story from Clarissa's, giving her more focus and also detachment from him, his guilt and therefore emotions. Clarissa is portrayed from the opening of the novel to be a character able to feel and understand her emotions, contrastingly to Joe's nature. Clarissa is a character who forms attachments, due to her emotional and caring attributes, that exist as part of her. Clarissa is haunted by the tragedy that she cannot have children, this provides the reader with a sense of sympathy for Clarissa, it also uncovers another element of Clarissa's background. This can be transferred to the way in which Clarissa focuses on the death of Logan, and his children being left alone. This element of the novel creates scepticism for both Joe and Clarissa, The reader doubts Joe's ability to be unbiased, while the reader is sceptical of Clarissa's ability to control and segment her emotions, what is extended in this idea is that Clarissa blames Joe for her inability to have children, she resents him for not giving her the one thing that lingers in her mind, the one thing the two of them together cannot overcome. ...read more.


lost a young baby through a bacterial infection, while this increases the wealther of knowledge of Clarissa, it also provides the information of Majorie. The combination of Joe and clarissa's stories result in background tales of Logan, and his family. While they also divulege into their past, their experiences, Joe's interlude of playing a trumpet on stage, a story of humiliation and embarrassment. Clarissa's story of conern, anticipation and childhood naivety developed through the channel of a girl going missing whilst on holiday. McEwan doesn't create and explore these sub-stories and tales for the sake of increasing the length of a chapter, he does it for effectiveness. The consequence of these stories to the novel are that tey create detail and depth to pre-established characters, they develop and deepen the sense of reality, characters being people who know many others who have experienced different situations and feelings. The author installs a history into his characters, he creates feelings of sympathy and empathy, all of which add to the impact and power of the novel ...read more.

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