LITB1 Notes- Enduring Love, Great Gatsby, Browning and Tennyson poetry

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Dinnage argues that Enduring Love is an efficient, gripping examination of such themes
as "guilt and love and fear."
Brookner praises Enduring Love for its effective use of "psychological terrorism,"
McEwan's patient building of conflict and suspense, and the book's ultimate portrait of
In the following review, Taylor offers an unfavorable assessment of Enduring Love,
asserting that McEwan's style and structure in the novel is overbearing and repetitive
Literary critic, Jonathan Greenberg cogently argues that McEwan's novel represents a
series of interrelated conflicts between scientific, literary, and religious worldviews.
Greenberg maintains that "despite its multifaceted critique of neo-Darwinism, Enduring
Love does in fact hold out hope for a rapprochement between the sciences and the
Thus the question, do the characters in the novel, in some way or another, find such
"fullness"? Enduring love? Taylor also creates the opening for such an interpretative
question: "[w]hat we need to do is to get a sense of the difference of lived
experience" (Taylor 8). Narrative calls attention to this "lived experience," and the
novel becomes a significant way to see persons living in a particular time and place
and making sense of their experience.6 Paul Ricoeur puts it this way: [r]eflections on
narrative manifests "the social dimension [sic] of human being in time" ... as well as
disclosing the ethical orientation of human being in time toward the good ... .
Narrative embodies the same complex temporal structure as an actual self."
Jed and Joe
The role played by Jed Parry is very significant in creating the effects of psychological
thriller in the novel. Jed's psychological disorder, de Clerambault's syndrome has been
utilized by McEwan to create an interest niche to the plot. It is under the evil affect
of this disorder that Jed creates havoc in the lives of Joe and Clarissa. The
relationship between Joe and Jed creates the ground for testing the love and in-depth
understanding between Joe and Clarissa
There is a parallel plot justifying 'emotional justice' followed by 'unconditional love' in
the novel. On the one hand the love between Joe and Clarissa is devotional, whereas
on the other hand, relationship between Joe and Jed adds elements of being
obsessive, tremendously homoerotic and with continuous stalking affects.
Joe and Clarrisa
For the novel intimates that the inability of Joe and Clarissa to reproduce poses a
threat to the endurance of their love. Such a view would conform to a fairly
widespread neo-Darwinist view of marriage and heterosexual love, a view that sees
monogamy primarily as a mechanism for ensuring the paternal care of offspring.
Joe and science
If this recursivity were not enough trouble for a reader, McEwan further complicates
the reader's task by undermining his narrator's reliability and his character's lucidity.
(11) Enduring Love is saturated with the voice, character, and worldview of its

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narrator, Joe. In its very style it displays his meticulous memory for and attention to
detail, his cool and often fastidious regulation of emotion, and (as noted) his careful
interpolations of scientific explanations for narrative events. The result is a picture of
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Enduring Love
What do you think is important about McEwan's use of other texts
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Language: use of scientific and medical jargon, abbreviations, use of dates, use of
emotional, personal effusive language, use of exclamations, ornate style of literary
romance, use of descriptive detail, use of pathetic fallacy, imagery, contrast etc.
Narrative perspective/voices: first person retrospective and self conscious narrator, ironic
tone, use of Parry's voice, unreliable narrator, etc.
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his turning his back on the moneyed world of the Buchanan's
Gatsby's love of Daisy perhaps and Wilson's for Myrtle, etc.
Write about some of the ways Fitzgerald tells the story in Chapter 3.
Narrative perspective/ voices: first person narrator, self conscious story teller and author,
narratorial distancing of last two pages, etc. use of choric voices and rumour, etc.
Setting: New York, Gatsby's mansion, etc.
20th century tragedy, a novel about writing a novel, etc.…read more

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The unflattering portrayal of Daisy, Jordan and Myrtle who are all deceivers, materialistic
and insincere
The destinations of Jordan and
Daisy Daisy's part in Gatsby's tragedy, etc.
Some will disagree and focus on:
the way a male narrator filters the narrative and distorts the picture
the way Nick has a romanticised view of Gatsby and this colours his judgement
the vulnerability of women
their being victims in a male world t
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"`Fra Lippo Lippi' is about the significance of art in civilised society.…read more

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The terms `impossible', `sympathise' and `disturbing' might be unpicked and challenged in a
variety of ways
Browning's seeming not to privilege either conclusion or his loose didacticism might be
discussed, etc.
Tennyson Poetry
Look again at Tithonus and write about Tennyson's narrative methods
in the poem.
Narrative perspective/voices: first person narrator/self-dramatising, recreation of self and
his youthful unthinking past, tired voice of the white-haired speaker, etc.
Setting: classical world, pastoral landscape of mortal world, autumn time setting,
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Some will agree and focus on:
The wife of Ulysses
The Lady of Shallot
Godiva to a point
Aurora - victim of the male gods perhaps
Some will disagree and focus on:
Godiva's triumph over her husband and her gaining immortality in legend
Mariana might be discussed as a victim of herself or of clinical depression
Tithonus ­ more a victim than Aurora
Lady of Shallot ­ victim perhaps of supernatural forces, etc.…read more



A good recap of questions from past papers; for each question a series of clear and concise points have been made that help to identify what the question is looking for.

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