Essay-style Questions: Enduring Love
1. How satisfying do you find Chapter 24 as an ending to Enduring Love?
Shows basic understanding of the structure of the novel.
Responds directly to the question.
Offers an overview, setting the tone for the essay, raising questions
|McEwan attempts to have his cake and eat it as chapter 24
is both the ending and not the ending to the novel at the same time. Both
appendices extend our understanding beyond the rather inconclusive final
lines of chapter 24.
Can it possibly be satisfying to read something so indecisive? Or are
Begin with how the chapter actually is a satisfying conclusion.
Introduce some formal analysis of style and structure to bolster this
Bring together textual analysis with thematic and structural concerns.
Looking at symbolism to push the argument further along with recognition
|By the time we come to chapter 24 the threat of what Jed
Parry might do has been removed. It is now time to conclude the other major
plot element, the mystery of John Logan's 'other' woman...
Formally there are many signals that we are reaching the end; the picnic
The last lines are not confusing or inconclusive. The story of the river,
Beginning to answer the 'satisfying' arguments head on.
Recognising alternative interpretations in a comprehensive fashion.
It's ok to criticise the author as long as you take it somewhere....
ie. to the next stage in the argument. Neither chapter 24 nor the appendices
|The threat of Parry may have been removed, but the consequences
of his intervention live on. There is surely no satisfaction in Joe and
Clarissa being unable to forgive each other when we see Mrs Logan and even
Jed being able to...
So much for a sense of formal closure. The picnic lead to a catastrophe
No wonder McEwan needs the two appendices, he can't bear to offer a saccharine
The authority of the 'scientific' ending is undermined anyway with Jed's
Taking the art and science debate and returning it to the central issue
The next and concluding step, the ending can be read as a formal closure
We as readers make the imaginative step to make sense of what is presented.
This marks a return and extension of the ideas put forward in the overview.
|Neither the objective control of science nor the 'trick'
of art can tidy up the matter of love. In fact, both narratives are charmingly
modest in their achievements. This would seem to be appropriate for such
a mysterious subject as love and honest to the ambiguity in the title...
The art versus science debate is sustained in this ending and also somewhat
Either way, what we are left with is the realisation that the characters