Ian McEwan Essays & Research Papers

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  • ian mcewan - 2794 Words
     Introducere Ian McEwan is an English novelist and screnwriter. He was born on june 21,1948, in Aldershot,England. His parents were David McEwan and Rose Lilian Violet .His father was a working Scotsman who had worked his way up through the army to the rank of major and his mother a local woman whose housband had died in the World War II,leaving her with two children. McEwan spent much of his childhood in British Military Bases in England ,...
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  • Ian Mcewan - 10342 Words
    Critique, 52:55–73, 2011 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN: 0011-1619 print/1939-9138 online DOI: 10.1080/00111610903380055 Who Killed Robbie and Cecilia? Reading and Misreading Ian McEwan’s Atonement M ARTIN JACOBI ABSTRACT: Ian McEwan’s 2001 novel, Atonement, is seen by many as a meditation on misreading, and this article argues that the author not only dramatizes misreading and implicitly warns readers against misreading, but also induces his readers into misreading....
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  • Enduring Love by Ian Mcewan
    ENDURING LOVE Ian McEwan A dictionary defines the word addictive as being: wholly devoted to something, a slave to another and in a state of wanting more. Ian McEwan claimed that he wanted to write an opening chapter that had the same effect as a highly addictive drug. In my opinion he has achieved in doing this. At the end of chapter one the reader is left needing more information about the characters introduced and what tragedy actually occurred. McEwan took...
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  • Saturday by Ian Mcewan - 304 Words
    Excerpt from Saturday by Ian McEwan: Some hours before dawn Henry Perowne, a neurosurgeon, wakes to find himself already in motion, pushing back the covers from a sitting position, and then rising to his feet. It's not clear to him when exactly he became conscious, nor does it seem relevant. He's never done such a thing before, but he isn't alarmed or even faintly surprised, for the movement is easy, and pleasurable in his limbs, and his back and legs feel unusually strong. He stands there,...
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  • Saturday Ian Mcewan - 1365 Words
    Bucher 1 Michael Bucher Lit 240 Mr. Kuelker July 7, 2013 “Saturday “ : Good and Bad This paper represents the yen and yang criticisms of Ian McEwen’s novel “Saturday” and discusses its strengths and weaknesses. Critics rave about this novel and others don’t share the same enthusiasm. McEwan’s novel is “astonishing” and deserves “gratitude from its readers” according to The Literary Analyst. Agreeably when the plot is told from a third party it is a fantastic story of the complexity...
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  • Novel: ‘Atonement’ by Ian Mcewan
    Novel: ‘Atonement’ by Ian McEwan Social structures, upper class façades and the meaning of truth are just some of the themes that Ian McEwan reveals in his book, ‘Atonement,’ through the various interrelationships of his characters. The characters and how they relate to each other help us as readers come to a better understanding of our own lives as through the novel we are forced into the tumultuous lives of the wealthy, naive and deceitful. Although this may seem far extreme compared to our...
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  • Write Your Response to the First Chapter of Enduring Love by Ian Mcewan
    Write your response to the first chapter of “Enduring Love” “The beginning is simple to mark.” – The first line of the novel is designed to hook readers and it does. The use of the word “beginning” begs the question, the beginning of what? Instantly capturing our interests, it also shows the significance of the event as coupled with the word “simple” it shows complexity surrounding this mysterious, forthcoming event, again capturing our interests, and it shows the narrator has replayed this...
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  • How Does Ian Mcewan Present Briony in Part One of Atonement?
    How does Ian McEwan convey Briony in Part One of Atonement? At first glance, Ian McEwan presents Briony Tallis as an innocent child who simply witnessed scenes she did not understand, however what we can actually see, as the novel progresses, is that Briony is an attention seeking, self-absorbed, meddling child whose series of incorrect observations come to wreck Cecilia and Robbie’s lives. We are introduced to Briony Tallis at the very start of the novel, when she is preparing for cousins...
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  • Discuss the Ways in Which in Chapter 1 of 'Enduring Love', Ian Mcewan Tries to Hook the Reader and Draw Him or Her Into the Narrative
    "The beginning is simple to mark". This is the opening sentence of Ian McEwan's novel "Enduring Love", and in this first sentence, the reader is unwittingly drawn into the novel. An introduction like this poses the question, the beginning of what? Gaining the readers curiosity and forcing them to read on. The very word "beginning" allows us an insight into the importance of this event, for the narrator must have analysed it many a time in order to find the moment in which it all began, and so...
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  • Metafictional Elements in Ian Mcewan's Atonement
    Metafictional Elements in Ian McEwan’s Atonement At first reading, Ian McEwan’s Atonement seems to be a modernist novel that owes much of its stylistic techniques to classic novels by authors such as Virginia Woolf and Jane Austen. That is, until the first-time reader turns a page to discover the epilogue entitled “London, 1999” and has this illusion shattered by the revelation that in fact Parts One, Two, and Three were penned by none other than the 77-year-old Briony Tallis. This epilogue,...
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  • The Ethics of Otherness in Ian McEwan’s Saturday
    Connotations Vol. 21.1 (2011/2012) The Ethics of Otherness in Ian McEwan’s Saturday* TAMMY AMIEL-HOUSER Since the 1980s, Ian McEwan’s literary oeuvre has displayed a growing concern with the relation between literature and ethics, becoming progressively more involved with public and historical issues, and turning attention to the moral possibilities of the novel itself.1 When discussing McEwan’s literary ethics, critics generally base themselves on a common humanist conception that sees...
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  • How Has Mcewan Constructed the Narrative in Enduring Love?
    How has McEwan constructed the narrative in Enduring love? 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...
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  • Woolf and Mcewan: How the Modern Became Postmodern
    Ian McEwan’s Atonement draws inspiration from and alludes to a vast number of 20th century modernist authors and works, both stylistically and thematically. For a novel to be considered a successful culmination to the reading of a large body of works, however, it must not be content with merely echoing the themes, styles, and forms of the past. Rather, it must extend them, add to them creatively, and attempt to pull them into contemporary readership. While his thematic and stylistic allusions to...
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  • Characterization of Edward in on Chesil Beach, Ian Mc Ewan
    2.2.1 Edward Edward Mayhews, aged 22, is born into a less than affluent family home in the Chiltern Hills in 1940. He lives together with his father Lionel Mayhews, a schoolmaster, and his brain-damaged mother Marjorie Mayhews. His two younger twin sisters are born in 1945. They live in fairly low living conditions due to lack of money, a handicapped mother and a hard-working father who cares for his children to the point of self-sacrifice. Housework is almost never achieved – "The beds were...
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  • How Does Mcewan Tell the Story in Chapter 9 of 'Enduring Love'?
    How does Ian McEwan tell the story in Chapter 9? Ian McEwan uses a variety of techniques in order to tell the story throughout the novel ‘Enduring Love’. Looking at Chapter 9 in close detail I am going to analyse the ways in which McEwan tells the story with the use of form, structure and language. The majority of the novel is told in the first person however chapter 9 has a third person narrative and is in the present tense. McEwan uses Joe’s narratives in order to explain Clarissa’s...
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  • Explore How Successfully Mcewan Contrasts the Arts and Sciences to Aid His Narrative in Enduring Love
    Explore how successfully McEwan contrasts the arts and sciences to aid his narrative in Enduring Love DH Lawrence once famously wrote, ‘If t be not true for me, what care I what truth it be?’ This, perhaps, sums up the different, contrasting perspectives of arts and science shown in the novel. Two of our main characters, Joe and Clarissa, exemplify these two contrasting viewpoints and this allows for one of the main themes of Enduring Love to enter the novel; the choice of whether or not to...
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  • The Importance of the Opening in Enduring Love
    The opening of a piece of literature is very important as it is responsible for creating the interest and anticipation that will drive the reader to carry on and enjoy it. Readers expect openings to include a couple of key areas like the setting, the introduction of characters and interest through a form of enigma or tension. Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love both conforms and challenges what a reader would expect of an opening through opening on what seems to be a climactic point of the book. Opening...
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  • Journeys in the Road - 314 Words
    Journey is a prevalent theme choice for many writers, due to the potential to be manipulated in many forms. The alarmingly realistic novel of ‘The Road' contains journeys both physical and emotional as McCarthy utilises his literacy excellence to deviate away from the journey stereotypes involving clear aim and direction, focusing more on the motivation and meaning behind the journey. Conversely in Thomas Hardy’s 1913 poem collection, physical and mental journeys are explored as Hardy...
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  • Nicholas Lezard's Quote on Atonement
    Atonement “…the novel is itself the act of atonement that Briony Tallis needs to perform; yet we are very much in the land of the unreliable narrator, where evasion and mendacity both shadow and undermine the story that is told” (Nicholas Lezard). Discuss this criticism of Atonement. When one reaches atonement, it means that they feel forgiven, regardless whether they are actually absolved for an offence or not. In Atonement, a novel of drama, war and romance, the author Ian McEwan...
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  • Atonement 6 - 1097 Words
    With close reference to your chosen extract, how does McEwan use language and narrative method to create a sense of impending doom? Ian McEwan wrote this novel at a time of modernism. It was a time to experiment how the novels were written. In Atonement, Briony is a character trying to reach her “highest point of fulfilment” as a writer. Quite strange she was only a young girl who was entering adolescence, while trying to balance this will over control and a life full of secrets. These...
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  • First Love, Last Rites: Book Review
    “First Love, Last Rites” book review “First Love, Last Rites”, a collection of Ian McEwan’s early works, was first published in 1975. It consists of 8 whacky stories which differs from each other yet share an essential dark characteristic altogether. The themes used include murder, rape and child abuse - bold topics for any era, but in some of these stories you can see the spark of "greatness" that is hidden between the lines. Some of the subject matter will undoubtedly offend and even upset...
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  • Atonement and 'in Memory of W. B Yeats'
    ‘In Memory of C. Tallis and R. Turner’ In this essay I will discuss the effects of W. H. Auden’s poem ‘In Memory of W. B. Yeats’ upon the tone, and the foreshadowing of plot line of Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement. The poem and the novel are both elegiac- it is the contribution of the poem to Atonement at the crucial point before the deaths of the characters Robbie and Cecilia that begins to set the tone of elegy within the novel. This acknowledgement of death and mourning brings a sense of...
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  • Atonement - the Unrealiable Narrator
    Atonement – Analytical Essay Ian McEwan's ambitious and prize-winning novel, Atonement follows the actions of a young girl, Briony Tallis, who witnesses an event which she knows holds some kind of significance. Yet her limited understanding of adult motives leads her to co¬¬mmit a crime that will change the lives of everyone involved. As she grows older, she begins to understand her actions and the grief that has been caused. The entire novel is an attempt of reconciliation that Briony...
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  • Enduring Love- Extract Analysis
    English Oral A2 -Enduring Love- This text belongs to the novel Enduring Love written by Ian McEwan. The extract is set at the beginning of the novel when Joe retells the events of the accident that will shape Joe and Clarissa’s lives forever. The main theme of the extract is the unexpected turns of life, and the binary position between order & chaos. We may relate the former theme with the way that Joe’s life changes in one minute, and the feeling of not being able to control the...
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  • Comparing and Contrasting the Novel “Atonement” to its Film
    Comparing and Contrasting the Novel “Atonement” to its Film In class, we have been reading the novel “Atonement”, by Ian McEwan. This novel was made into a film in 2007 and won many awards for its acting, music, and many other categories. In general, the film was extremely loyal to the plot and character development in the novel. The director made sure that many of the little details that were present in the novel were in the film. I think this is what made the film so notable; the filmmakers...
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  • Enduring Love Simple to Mark
    So is it possible to argue that the opening statement of the novel self-reflexively suggests Joe’s unreliability as our narrator- despite the fact that he is striving for objectivity and truth? He is unreliable, simply through the fact of being our narrator. The beginning of Ian McEwan’s ‘Enduring Love’ is not simple to mark. When McEwan was drafting the novel, he originally tried to start with Chapter 21, the scene where Joe procures the gun. How does this fit with the self-reflexive nature of...
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  • Social Class Differences and Attitudes of the Novel Atonement
    Essay Social Class Differences and Attitudes of the novel Atonement Atonement is a 2001 novel by British author Ian McEwan. It is widely regarded as one of McEwan's best works and was one of the most celebrated and honoured books of its time. It was shortlisted for the 2001 Booker Prize for fiction. TIME Magazine named Atonement in its list All-TIME 100 Greatest Novels. Atonement tells the story of the Tallis family. This usual upper-class English family lives in an usual country...
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  • Atonement - 806 Words
    English studies essay: We are all haunted by the past. In his novel Atonement, how does Ian McEwan use the conventions of his text type to explore this idea? In his novel Atonement, Ian McEwan makes clear that we are all haunted by the past. McEwan conveys this through the characterisation of his protagonist, Briony Tallis, McEwan further reveals that we are all haunted by our past through the narrative structure of the epigraph and the coda and the triple narrative perspective of the fountain...
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  • Briony's Atonement - 559 Words
    Briony’s Atonement In Atonement, written by Ian McEwan, a thirteen year-old pre-teenage girl Briony is quite different than other girls her age. She sees certain things and makes her own conclusions upon what she thinks happened. She likes her sister Cecilia’s lover Robbie, but finds out that he does not have the same feelings as she did. As her revenge she lies and states that he is the man who raped Lola and he is known as a sex maniac. That untruth had plenty repercussions for Briony....
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  • othello - 948 Words
    The Theme of Quest Explored in “Araby” and Atonement In James Joyce’s “Araby and Ian McEwan’s Atonement both authors express that that the characters mature and grow through quests. In Joyce’s “Araby” the boy goes on a quest to the bazaar to meet Managan’s sisters whom he is very interested in. However, because he is a young boy and does not leave his much, and has no source of income there are limitations on his freedom, which ultimately affect his quest. In McEwan’s Atonement Briony goes...
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  • Different sides of Clive Linley
     Different sides of Clive Linley Ian McEwan is a well-known writer who has made up many complexed characters and Clive Linley is nothing less than one of them. The story itself is very unpredictable, I could have not imagined how it would end up and had different opinions about the characters throughout the whole book. However he is the one that amused me the most. Clive Linley is a composer who takes his work seriously and as it came out maybe too seriously....
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  • Briony S Being For Metafictional Narrative Ethics
    Critique, 52:74–100, 2011 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN: 0011-1619 print/1939-9138 online DOI: 10.1080/00111610903380154 Briony’s Being-For: Metafictional Narrative Ethics in Ian McEwan’s Atonement DAVID K. O’H ARA ABSTRACT: This essay attempts to identify an unusual brand of self-conscious narrative by focusing on Ian McEwan’s novel, Atonement (1992). What makes this minority metafictional style especially unique is not only its presence in the work of one of the late twentieth...
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  • Atonement - Vase Symbolism - 1482 Words
    In Atonement, instead of the family’s stability being viewed as a rock like the ideal family, the vase in Atonement maintains peace but creates nothing but chaos and downfall when it is destroyed. When the vase, the family’s heirloom, begins to fall apart, so does the family, until the pieces are so tiny that repair becomes clearly impossible. Throughout Ian McEwan’s Atonement, the vase symbolizes the destruction relationships and family bonds. The vase plays an important role in the Tallis’...
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  • Write about the significance of climaxes or anticlimaxes in Enduring Love
    Write about the significance of climaxes or anticlimaxes in Enduring Love Another climax begins at the end of chapter 21 with a phone call between Jed and Joe “I’m putting her on, OK? Are you there? Joe? Are you there?” Here McEwan uses juxtaposition of beginning an event within the formal closure of a chapter. The effect of this adds suspense to the novel as a whole as it wills the reader to follow the chain of events. Also, the panicked dialogue of “Are you there? Joe? Are you there?”...
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  • Atonement Compared to Poems - 737 Words
    Atonement Essay Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement contains many obscure thematic elements. McEwan employs a number of themes found in some English romantic poems. For example, in Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Ulysses,” a comparison is drawn to Briony’s novel that suggests that death is not the end of life. In Percy Bysshe Shelly’s “England in 1819,” the dying king compares to Briony in that they both live in shame, constantly seeking atonement. In Atonement, Ian McEwan creates themes that coincide...
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  • Review on the Novel Atonement - 1194 Words
    Review on Atonement It is not often that the protagonist of a story be the anathema of the story as well and it is even more of a rarity that the particular character be a young child. Yet, this is exactly what Ian McEwan has done with his Crime Novel, Atonement. McEwan intentionally turns his readers against Briony Tallis, a young girl transitioning from the naivete of childhood into the new and confusing years of adolescence; a point in one's life when mistakes are dubbed as necessary...
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  • First Love, Last Rites
    FIRST LOVE, LAST RITES Ian McEwan has written two collections of stories, First Love, Last Rites and In Between the Sheets, and nine novels, The Cement Garden, The Comfort of Strangers, The Child in Time, The Innocent, Black Dogs, The Day dreamer, Enduring Love, Amsterdam, winner of the 1998 Booker Prize and, most recently, Atonement. He has also written several film scripts, including The Imitation Game, The Ploughman's Lunch, Sour Sweet, The Good Son and The Innocent. ALSO BY IAN McEWAN The...
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  • Kill a Mocking Bird Significance of Scouts Pov
    To Kill A Mockingbird. Having a very young and innocent narrator vaguely disrupts the novel having such a deep and mature context. Having Scout, a child, retell serious events through her naïve mind, gives a very censored outlook. Scouts perspective on significant events gives readers a very truthful honest opinion on ways Scout grasps and understands the, very grown up, situations in which she witnesses. Also another advantage of having the novel from a child’s point of view is that as...
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  • Great Gatsby - 1726 Words
    Great Gatsby & Atonement Explore how Fitzgerald presents doomed love in ‘The Great Gatsby.’ How does ‘Atonement’ illuminate this key aspect of Fitzgerald’s novel? In your response consider the authorial use of form, structure and language, context and some critical views. Give primary focus to the core text. 1920’s America was very much a materialistic society revolving around money, love being a simple emotion, unimportant and always coming second to luxury. This obsession with wealth...
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  • Compare How Atonement and Spies Explore the Journey from Innocence to Experience.
    Compare how Atonement and Spies explore the journey from innocence to experience. Both Atonement and Spies are bildungsroman where the protagonists are reminiscing about events in their childhoods which impose on them in their adult lives. In Atonement, Briony is narrating throughout the text; however the reader only finds this out at the end and in Spies Stephen is narrating with his older and younger self through duel narration with slippage between the two. Both text were published within a...
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  • English Essay Yr 13
    The idea of dreams and reality presents themselves as important factors which contrast between different people in their role in society. The novel ‘Birdsong’, published in 1993, written by Sebastian Faulks, expresses the wide space of understanding and knowledge on how different classes in society view the war and the other aspects of life. The novel focuses on Stephen Wrayford’s explicit relationship with a married woman, Isabelle Azaire who is married to Rene Azaire with whom she is the...
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  • Judging Lines Between Imagination and Reality in Attonment
    Judging Lines Between Reality and Imagination in Atonement As I read Atonement, by Ian McEwan, on the beach in Long Beach Island I was confronted with a somewhat new style of writing that I did not recognize. The splitting of the novel into three main parts only made sense to me after I had finished it; the account of the crime that took place at the Tallis household, Robbie Turner’s adventures at war, and Briony’s tales as a nurse were all connected and ended up “coming together” much more...
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  • Atonement - 572 Words
    A tone analysis on Atonement In the novel, Atonement, Ian McEwan tells the tale of a young girl, Briony Tallis, and her efforts to live with a lie she told when she was 13 years old about her older sister’s boyfriend being involved with the raping of Briony’s cousin. This then sends Robbie, the accused, to prison and 3 years later, into the army. All this time Briony is suffering with the consequences of her jealousy stuck lie. Through Briony’s lie, McEwan demonstrates a tone of condemnation...
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  • Atonement Essay - 1223 Words
    Through changing the form and genre of a text, the meaning can also be altered and interpreted differently. Film adaptations can often intentionally or unintentionally alter the authors intended meaning. In the library scene, in the novel ‘Atonement’ by Ian McEwan and the film of the same name, directed by Joe Wright, the changes that take place; that of adapting the narrative, characterisation and filming techniques, though quite subtle changes they have an immense impact on the way that the...
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  • Atonement - What Does This Novel Have and Say About Secrets and Lies?
    What does this novel have and say about secrets and lies? In Atonement, narrative writing is a powerful force, which is both creative and destructive. It fulfils the desire to bring order on a chaotic world. Ian McEwan suggests through story telling can be a way to escape the harsh reality by controlling situations. Atonement shows the danger of story-telling, the danger of the artist’s ego, as it is a form of deception and destruction. However, it can reveal the transcendent truths; the...
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  • Compare and Contrast the Literary - 3376 Words
    Compare and contrast the literary style, themes and characterisation from Jane Austen’s ‘Northanger Abbey’ and Ian McEwan’s ‘Atonement’. Atonement follows the story of Briony Tallis, who witnesses events between her older sister Cecilia and Robbie Turner the son of her father’s housemaid. Briony's innocence gives way to a misinterpretation of what she sees, triggering her imagination to run wild and leads to an unspeakable crime that changes all of their lives. Jane Austen’s first novel...
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  • How Do the Authors of Atonement and the Kite Runner Use a Variety of Techniques in Their Exploration of Guilt?’
    Jealousy and the need of attention are both very powerful feelings that can lead any young child or adult to act out in unusual and sometimes hurtful ways. But the feeling of guilt after committing these actions is what evokes the need to atone for the effects we have caused. Ian McEwan author of the novel Atonement and Khaled Hosseini author of the novel The Kite Runner, which have both been produced in to famous blockbuster movies, both use a vast range of techniques to explore the idea of...
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  • Atonement Essay - 541 Words
    From the very beginning of the novel it had been made clear to us that McEwan’s diction was essential to understanding many of the core concepts present. Through a variety of literary elements, we can illustrate the correlation between his words and the story’s plot. McEwan’s style is verbose and archaic which contributes to the mood and tone of the story and his attention to detail is what generated a profound piece of literature that Atonement came to be. In Chapter 1 of Atonement, McEwan...
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  • Bellows Essay final - 861 Words
    Daniel DeLuck Dr. Joseph 9/24/2014 ENC1101 In Regards to Bellow’s view on reading Upon completion of reading Saul Bellow’s view on what is happing to reading, I think it’s safe to say that Bellow does not want to believe reading is becoming a thing of the past. Technology is rapidly advancing, which will lead to less books, and more EBooks, Movies, and reading from a device. Terry Teachout predicts that technology will take over future generations. Generations will depend on technology for...
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  • Bgdf - 894 Words
    Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and Ian McEwan’s Atonement are novels that entice readers with characters that display universal truths about human nature. The Kite Runner introduces Amir, the son of Baba, living in 1960s Kabul, Afghanistan. Amir betrays Hassan, his best friend and the son of his servant, Ali. Amir and Baba escape to America amidst increasing violence in Afghanistan, leaving behind Hassan and Ali. Years later, Amir returns to Afghanistan in an attempt to correct his mistake....
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  • Atonement and the Failure of the General Point of View
    Jett McAlister Narrative POV Seminar 2 March 2004 Atonement and the Failure of the General Point of View Atonement’s chief narrative feature is McEwan’s use of an embedded author—Briony Tallis—whose text is nearly coterminous with the novel itself. This technique is of course not a new one: Sterne’s Sentimental Journey and MacKenzie’s Man of Feeling are both framed as the written accounts of their protagonists. McEwan’s trick in Atonement, though, is presumably that we are to be...
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  • Enduring Love - 1404 Words
    Enduring Love or Possessive Love? Enduring Love opens up with a visual opening of a freak-like accident occurring to rescue a boy from a hot air balloon. This event serves as a symbol to the righteous postmodern novel. I plan to demonstrate how McEwan presents obsession in Enduring Love for an audience of classmates that seems to be for people as a form of truth if confronted by a distressing situation. McEwan centers the book on a real mental condition called De Clerambault’s Syndrome, which...
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  • Great Gatsby - 286 Words
    “The theme of obsession has the ability to lead to irrational behaviour, alienation and despair’. Explore how McEwan presents this in the novel ‘Enduring Love’ and consider how it illuminates the core text, ‘The Great Gatsby’ by Fitzgerald. Both The Great Gatsby and Enduring Love explore the theme of obsession within their novel based around the idea of love for someone or something; an obsession which eventually leads to pain and ruin. The Great Gatsby is set in America, from spring to autumn...
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  • In ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘Solar’ promiscuity is an important theme in both characters’ pasts that affects their later life. How far do you agree?
    In ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘Solar’ promiscuity is an important theme in both characters’ pasts that affects their later life. How far do you agree? Promiscuity can be defined as having alternate sexual relations with various people; a trait which both characters can be seen to possess. They contrast in terms of the view that society has upon them. The beginning of the drama ‘A streetcar Named Desire’ (1947) Williams suggests to the audience that Blanche feels as though she has lost...
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  • Comparative Essay the Go Betweens and a Streetcar Nemed Desire
    Comparative Essay McEwan and Williams focus on what it means to be both powerful and powerless in a variety of contexts. Discuss their exploration of these ideas with reference to both male and females. I will be comparing and contrasting Tennessee Williams play of 1947 ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ with Ian McEwen’ novel ‘Enduring Love’ of 1997. I aim to focus on the theme of power as presented by both authors. The first, a play, explores how power shifts between men and women such as the way...
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  • Cement garden - 1415 Words
    How far does Ian McEwan present the ideas of a matriarch in society through The Cement Garden? Ian McEwan’s novel, The Cement Garden (1978), opens with a sense of guilt and a feeling of unhappy self-containment, which introduces the prevailing atmosphere. McEwan distorts the ‘normality’ of a story, that could centre around a male adolescent, by magnifying elements of the matriarchal society and highlighting the importance of a maternal figure within a family that contains impressionable...
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  • Sexual Relations in ‘a Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘Enduring Love’
    Explore how Tennessee Williams and Ian McEwan explore sexual relations in ‘A Streetcar named Desire’ and ‘Enduring Love’ Both Tennessee Williams’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’(1947) and Ian McEwan’s ‘Enduring Love’ (1997) explore changing sexual relation in individual characters and in cultures as a whole. Williams writes at a time when the male veterans of World War Two were returning, when the industrial North began to challenge the old values of the Old South. Studies of other post war...
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  • Who Has the Power Between Jed and Joe in Chapter 7 Enduring Love, and How Does the Narrative Tell Us This?
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