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Enduring Love by Ian Mc Ewan Love that endures is a main theme in the novel and the strongest force in existence which has the capability of bridging those whose outlooks are diametrically opposite for example art science and religion Clarissa Parry and Jed However this only bridges them it does not resolve any differences they may have in terms of perspective I do not think it possible to answer the above question without touching on why these three topics are diametrically opposite I intend to answer this as well as what the characters differences are and if they spring from their own opposing outlooks Paradoxically the characteristics of art science and religion that cause them to be diametrically opposed are discreet yet at the same time obvious The character of Joe represents science within the novel Because of his scientific characteristics he believes everything must be based on fact He has an overriding need to establish facts in order to see his truths and believes only in rational actions particularly in human beings However this theory along with many of his is flawed In trying to understand the chain reaction that occurs within the novel he himself acts irrationally and with genuine feeling but of course does not recognise what he previously referred to as irrational when he experiences these feelings himself For example in the very first chapter when Joe meets Clarissa from the airport in thirty-five minutes I experienced more than fifty theatrical happy endings each one with the appearance of being slightly less well acted than the one beforeand suspected that even the children were being insincere I was just wondering how convincing I myself could be in greeting Clarissaimmediately my detachment vanished and I called out her name with all the rest Throughout the novel he contradicts himself and what he believes Although it does not state anywhere I wonder if this is the authorial voice shining
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