Essay plan; Chapter 9.
Turning point of the play
McEwan uses a lot of tension in this chapter to build up suspense for the reader Structure;
Narrative change, from first person to third person.
The contrast in Clarissa’s narration to Joe’s, their different viewpoints.
How this is reliable narration but also unreliable.
The narration in this chapter seems to have an omniscient style as it’s the knowledge of the protagonists put together.
Distancing Joe from the audience.
McEwan uses a different perspective to the rest of the novel, he uses a form of 3rd person narrative but solely Clarissa as his chosen subject, and he also tells the reader this at the start, “It would make more sense of Clarissa’s return to tell it from her point of view.”
McEwan uses this to singularly show movements of Clarissa, because up until then Joe’s perspective has been the main focus, and not any other characters.
This way McEwan is able to show the personal feelings of the character and not just from Joe’s point of view, for example we see how she perceives Joe “before she has even put down her bag, he is on another tack, telling her about a conversation he’s just had with an old friend...”
Being told from this perspective we are able to see how Clarissa feels about Joe and not just Joe’s opinions on his own actions.
The structure of the chapter, is somewhat like other chapters where McEwan gives us large portions of information that is irrelevant to the plot, which shows the reader what kind of thoughts and state of mind Clarissa is in, which is a lot of trivial information and confusion of thoughts.
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