- Intelligent, analytical thinker.
- Capable of turning that sharp analysis onto himself and his situation
- Clearly in love with Clarissa and glad/suprised that this love is returned.
- A resourcefull individual, works hard and finds way to get things done.
- Will help others and is good with children.
- Makes assumptions, which he demands others believe to be true.
- His analytical approach can leave him blundering in emotional matters.
- Contains overwealming guilt over the 'incident'
- Desperate to be involved in 'real' science again, looks down upon himself and his career.
- Failure to keep in control of his emotions leads to him losing his relationship with Clarissa. This is generally because of his sulking and failure to understand her needs.
- Perhaps he does encourage Jed to fill in the gaps in his life.
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- Intelligent, subtle thinker and committed scholar.
- Generous to others, especially others
- A great listener to many characters in the novel, not just Joe.
- Deeply in love with Joe, ready to celebrate this often.
- A strong, supportive individual who will not whine or moan.
- Her inability to have children hurts and can be used to hurt Joe.
- Finds it difficult to support Joe because of what she sees of his assumptions, and her fear of his secret life with Parry.
- She's self-centred she thinks that the Parry situation is about herself.
- She withdraws from Joe when he needs her the most
- When Joe shoots Parry and saves her instead of being delightful, she is upset as Joe has used a weapon. This is priggish and ungrateful.
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- Devout believer with very strong faith.
- Totally motivated & dedicated.
- He feels great love not great hatred.
- Has a lot of money, however does not spend it profligately
- As with any mental illness he needs help as oppose to blame.
- Introverted and awkward
- Very average intellect creates his own proof(s) and assertions.
- No theory in his religious thought.
- Frequently claims that he is the passive victim, labels Joe responsible with the blame therefore he does not have to be.
- Persistent and pestering, claims he is aware of the consequences of his actions however does not act as if he has this knowledge.
- Turns violent when he is neglected his wants.
- He has no friends or peers to socialise with which may lead to why he is so obsessive over Joe.
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- Clearly loved her husband
- Heroically struggling with her husbands death.
- An intelligent, academic women capable of making persuasive arguments.
- Fittingly moved when the truth of the picnic is revealed.
- Sunk deep into private unreachable grief.
- Allows her children to cope on their own to their best ability, perhaps does not support them enough.
- To ready to accept the fact that her husband was an adulterer.
- Uses Joe to satisfy her desire to prove her husband's guilt.
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- Maybe not of every kind however McEwan is careful to include varieties.
- The love between Clarissa and Joe
- The love between Parry and God
- Jed's love for Joe
- The ****** love between partners
- Joe's love of 'real' science
- Clarissa's love for Keats
- Keats' great love
- Jean Logans love for her husband John
- Clarissa's frustrated love for children
- Love for the Hippie ideal.
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Science Vs Art
- Clearly Clarissa and Joe represent either side, a little mechanically?
- The two sides tackle the same problem from different angles
- McEwan allows us to see what both sides opinions are and what both sides would do.
- McEwan also gives a second scientific ending to contrast with the novelistic first ending.
- McEwan attempts to place the charaters under these labels
- Parry belongs under neither as science nor art can guide him as he is lost in terms of finding his own persona.
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- A word perhaps mentioned too early on nevertheless an important aspect of the novel
- Narrative relates to any method used in an attempt of trying to make sense of the world.
- A narrative will aim to tell a story that is reassuring and sounds correct.
- There are competing narratives within the novel.
- Joe's interest in scientific unreliability of them all should highlight the issue of belief and credibility at the heart of the narrative, or stories, or fictions.
- Fabrications which we may believe to be true, or perhaps we may question.
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Faith & Forgiveness
- We may see Parry as the 'Jesus Freak' Clarissa labels him early on but all of the characters have their own individual views and beliefs.
- Can we really say that Joe & Clarissa do not force their beliefs on others as we assume Parry does?
- What about inspector Linley's beliefs?
- Jed's enduring belief is the last thing that we get to hear and is strong, stronger than Clarissa's belief in Joe, or Jean Logon's in her husband John.
- At the end of the novel we witness two calls for forgiveness.
- Parry asks Joe for his forgiveness and Professor Reid asks Mrs Logan for her forgiveness.
- Mrs Logan herself despairs of ever receiving forgiveness from her husband.
- With such a religious closing tone, this novel cannot simply be an attack on religious fanaticism- can it?
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- This is a major theme within McEwan's work.
- Whether a child suddenly goes missing as in 'The Child In Time'
- As when the Berlin Wall crumbles (Black Dogs)
- Or two lovers kill a man and gruesomely cut up his body together, therefore by doing this dismembering their love for each other (The Innocent)
- Enduring Love is most similar to the last novel mentioned, 'The Innocent' as it has to deal with a love that cannot stand the strain of the consequences of the catastrophe.
- However this raises the question, what is the real catastrophe?
- That a man died or that one man fell in love with another?
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