The Purpose of this Blog

Your task on this blog is to write a brief summary of what we learned in class today. Include enough detail so that someone who was ill or missed the lesson can catch up with what they missed. Over the course of the term, these 'class scribe' posts will grow to be a guide book for the course, written by students for students.

With each post ask yourself the following questions:
1) Is this good enough for our guide book?
2) Will your post enable someone who wasn't here to catch up?
3) Would a graphic/video/link help to illustrate what we have learned?

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Tension in "Enduring Love"...

Hello y'all, welcome to my blog post for the lesson that took place on the 26.01.2011 :)

During this lesson the class looked at how Ian Mc Ewan creates tension in the book. To begin with Mr Chatterly asked us to write down the tools a writer uses to a manipulate a reader's response, here is the list we came up with:
Language (word choice)
Figurative language
Balance between plit/description
Amount of information given
Narrative voice

We then re-capped chapters 19 and 20 (Restaurant scene and Police Station) and wrote down how McEwan has hinted and foreshadowed that something major will occur, looking at pages 162-167 in particular.
Next we answered question on Jed, focusing on our opinions about him before and after the shooting and how that affects our views about him.
We also looked at how Joe's state of mind is changing during chapter 20, as this part of the book can be seen as a "turning point" for him as at the end of the chapter he comes to the decision that he must rely on himself and take action.

Mr Chatterly then asked to spend 20 minutes on answering a Part A exam question which was "How does the writer create a sense of tension in chapter 19?".

To finish of the lesson we read most of chapter 21.

Now, the IMPORTANT stuff - homework.
1. Finish of reading the whole book.
2. Complete another section A question in 20 minutes - "How does McEwan build humour in chapter 21?"
3. This is quoted word for word - "Cherish you 'Aspects of Narrative' sheets. Get to know it like you do an old family friend." Mr Chatterly even adviced us to speak to sheet.

Hope this was helpful. Much love people,


  1. Hey awesome blog Aleks, helped me out a lot as i wasn't in lesson.

    Esmeralda ;)

  2. Ahhhhhhhhhh

    I didn't like the ending of the book, apart from that the rest of the book was bloody brilliant..!

    Amazing post Aleks.. As always..

  3. good blog it explained what we did that lesson

  4. great blog Aleks, I don't think you missed out a single thing we did in lesson. Informative and to the point (:

    Daniel J.

  5. The ending of the book was really...interesting wasn't it? I would say more, but I don't want to spoil it. That essay homework on the other hand, I truly believe that the "humour" in Ch.21 is in fact humourless..not funny.

    I hug my sheet to get to sleep every night. @.@

  6. We also began reading the start of chapter 21 as reference to what we needed to do for the essay question.

    The book is alright... I dislike it though