In the rescue attempt one man, John Logan, a doctor, dies. How often theme appears: As human beings, they are inevitably susceptible to obsession, which can be dangerous and destructive. Because the characters are subject to feelings beyond their control, they cannot be fully truthful with themselves or with each other.
Fearing for his safety, Joe purchases a gun through an acquaintance, John Well. Enduring Love is a novel of obsession: The Nature of Love Themes and Colors LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Enduring Love, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work.
Joe and Clarissa go to meet Mrs Logan.
Yet the career in research that Joe gave up is not the only thing that he obsesses about. A hot-air balloon, with a ten-year-old boy in the basket and his grandfather being dragged behind it, has been ripped from its moorings. Finally, Clarissa herself grapples with an obsession—not with another character, but with her inability to have children due to a medical mistake in her early adulthood.
According to Clarissa, Joe obsesses about Parry, even as Parry obsesses about him. Summary[ edit ] On a beautiful and cloudless day, a middle-aged couple celebrate their union with a picnic. Upon arriving at his apartment, Joe sees Jed sitting on the sofa with Clarissa.
However, Joe realises the bullet was meant for himself and the similar composition of the group of people at the other table misled the two killers into thinking the other man was their target. In the subsequent police interview Joe insists that it was Jed Parry who was behind this attack, but the detective does not believe him, possibly because Joe appears to get some of the facts of the incident incorrect.
The novel ends with the two Logan children and Joe beside the river, Joe telling the children a story about how the river is made up of many particles.
Joe leaves dissatisfied, knowing that Jed is still out there and looking for him. Another of the would-be rescuers is Jed Parry. This shows again the danger of obsessive thinking.Jed's obsession with Joe prompts another fixation to arise; Joe's obsession with Jed.
McEwan presents this through Clarissa and other minor characters in the novel. Clarissa has serious doubts concerning the veracity of Joe's paranoia.
In Enduring Love, the symbol of balloon is an inanimate object whereas The Collector’s main symbol is the butterfly. In The Collector, this symbol is more of a recurrent motif and not something the reader can trace as the beginning of obsession.
LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Enduring Love, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Enduring Love is a novel of obsession: not only sexual or romantic obsession, but also religious obsession and obsession with the past.
The Obsessive Nature of Desire Presented in The Great Gatsby, Othello and Enduring Love - Obsession is defined as “an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone” (1), and is a prominent theme (in) The Great Gatsby, Enduring Love and Othello.
Feb 01, · ENDURING LOVE. By Ian McEwan.
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, pages, $ Surprisingly few novelists whose work falls outside the cliquey realm of science fiction ever grapple with meaningful scientific questions. Enduring Love-Nature of obsession. In chapters in the novel "Enduring love" by Ian McEwan, the nature of obsession is brought about many times in many different cases.
We see this particular subject throughout the novel in very mild cases and very extreme cases. These obsessions range from /5(2).Download