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Looking at the First 11 Chapters of Enduring Love, What Narrative Devices Does Mcewan Use to Push the Pace of His Narrative and Compel Readers to Engage More Deeply with the Text? Essay

  • Submitted by: MxNicholls96
  • on April 9, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,947 words

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In Enduring Love, McEwan utilises a number of different Narrative devices to further push the storyline’s pace, as well as involving the reader more deeply in the plot. The first notable one of these is his use of the time stream. The author (and thus the narrator) is seen to manipulate this with impunity – pausing, fast-forwarding and rewinding it at will. This is used at once in the beginning chapter to not only present us with a ‘panoramic’ view of the events about to unfold and the circumstances surrounding them, but also to heighten the suspense of the circumstances – how will the tragedy that has been eluded to occur?   The narrator himself admits fully to using this device – he states that he’s ‘holding back, delaying the information’. Then, as if to keep us guessing further, the entirety of the second chapter is a full flashback to the day leading up to the events of the first, which is a flashback in itself. The fact that the events of the whole first 11 chapters seem to be being told by someone who has already experienced them allows us to give a certain degree of trust to the narrator and thus we invest in the story and characters more – we believe them to be accurate.   However, this is a somewhat limited device, as often this view is unnecessary in a scene between people in a closed environment – where many aspects of the book later take place. Also, the trust in the narrator is undermined by McEwan later, as this itself contributes to a later narrative device.
McEwan also intelligently uses personality stereotypes and shifts between them to portray main characters. This allows us to engage heavily with the narrative. In chapter one we are introduced to three of the four main personality ‘archetypes’ of this novel, and their respective characters – Joe Rose, who operates from an empirical and mathematical viewpoint, his partner Clarissa, who is a more empathic and emotional person, and finally his eventual ‘nemesis in love’, Jed Parry, who is zealously...

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