McEwan has constructed the narrative within Enduring love by using a wide range of techniques. For the reader to be able to understand the story line, and to be able to come the correct conclusion that McEwan has aimed for them to come to Throughout the novel McEwan has included a lot of information about scenes and places. In the very first chapter McEwan has included a lot of detail about where they are, and the items they have around them.
For example “sunlight under a turkey oak… strong gusty wind. And “a 1987 Daumas Gassac” By McEwan including so much detail into the description of the area and items around Joe, it allows the reader to perceive the idea of Joe as a reliable narrator. This builds the blocks for later when Joe’s mental state comes in to play, and we really start to questions how reliable he is. Furthermore McEwan manipulates the aspect of time within the novel and fast forwards events that are not so important to the reader, and yet slows down the more important events, where it is important that the reader knows and understand every detail.
Another technique McEwan uses is voices within the story; throughout the whole novel we are seeing it all through the eyes of Joe. It allows the readers to build a connection, and to be able to form trust so that when Clarissa starts to question Joe about his relationship with Jed, the readers can almost side with Joe, and believe that what he is saying is true. It is only twice within the whole novel where we hear or see another person’s view, without going through Joe. This is shown to us through the ideal of a epistolary novel, through the form of letters, to Joe from Jed.
Furthermore point of view is another narrative technique used by McEwan. Although throughout the novel it is all in Joe hindsight perspective, there are points when we see Joe explaining Clarissa view. By McEwan using this 3rd person detachment we are able to understand how these previous events have affected her, and her feelings for Joe. It is only during this one chapter (chapter 9) that we see McEwan allow Joe to fully view everything through Clarissa or any other character. Throughout the novel McEwan perceives the characters to be complete opposite.
We see the characters change throughout the novel, due to balloon accident and the relationship that starts to form between Joe and Jed. A good example of this is the deterioration we see in the relationship of Joe and Clarissa. When we first meet them as a couple in their flat, we see it as a place for love and for socializing, however later in the novel when their relationship has be constantly hit by Jed, we see their flat turn to be a place for arguments and fall outs, rather than the love scene we had passed.
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