JED PARRY WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT HIS CHARACTER? I TOTALLY AGREE… I TOTALLY DISAGREE… • Our understanding of Parry’s character is limited. • McEwan creates a convincing character in Jed. • Parry represents religion without a sense of morality. ANNOTATE THE EXTRACTS FOR IDEAS ABOUT HIS CHARACTER AND FOR LANGUAGE EXTRACT 1 'This was when I noticed Jed Parry was watching me. His long Bony face was framed round a pained question. He looked wretched, like a dog about to be punished. In the second or so that this stranger's clear grey-blue eyes held mine I felt I could include him in the selfcongratulatory warmth I felt in being alive. It even crossed my mind to touch him comfortingly on the shoulder. My thoughts were up there on the screen: this man is in shock. He wants me to help him.' (P20) EXTRACT 2 'He was tall and lean, all bone and sinew, and he looked fit. He wore jeans and box-fresh trainers tied with red laces. His bones fairly burst out of him the way they hadn't with Logan. His knuckles brushing against his leather belt were big and tight-knobbed under the skin which was white and stretched tight. The cheek bones were also tight and high-ridged and together with the pony-tail gave him the look of a pale Indian brave. His appearance was striking even slightly threatening, but the voice gave it all away. It was feebly hesitant, neutral as to region, but carrying a trace, or acknowledgement, of Cockney - a discarded past or an affection. Parry had his generation's habit of making a statement on a rising inflection of a question - in humble imitation of Americans, or Australians, or, as I heard one linguist explain, too mired in relative judgments, too hesitant and apologetic to say how things were in the world.' (P24) EXTRACT 3 'Dear Joe, I feel happiness running through me like an electric current. I close my eyes and see you as you were last night in the rain, across the road from me, with the unspoken love between us as strong as steel cable. I close my eyes and thank God out loud for letting you exist, for letting me exist in the same time and place as you and for letting this strange adventure between us begin...' EXTRACT 4 '...For you knew our love from the very beginning. You recognised in that glance that passed between us, up there on the hill after he fell, all the charge and power and blessedness of love, while I was dull and stupid, denying it, trying to protect myself from it, trying to pretend that it wasn't happening, that it couldn't happen like this, and I ignored what you were telling me with your eyes and every gesture.' COMPETITION: ODD ONE OUT PART 1 • As a group annotate the Odd One Out example below, taken from Appendix II of Enduring Love, finding as many reasons as you can as to why each example could be the odd one out. ‘Our love! First bathing me, then warming me through the pane.’ ‘Thank you for loving me, thank you for accepting me, thank you for recognising what I am doing for our love. ‘…when the sun comes up behind the trees they turn black.’ COMPETITION: ODD ONE OUT PART 2 • As a group, select the best line from your respective extracts to represent the heart of Jed’s character. • As a group, construct an Odd One Out (as in the example on the previous slide), using the line you selected from your respective extracts and a further 2 lines from the quotations on Jed you each gathered for homework across a range of chapters. • Your aim is to create the greatest challenge for the other groups to find “odd ones out”. JOE AND JED – HOW SIMILAR ARE THEY? ‘With Joe in charge of the narration, there’s even a point where we wonder (with Clarissa) for moment whether Jed might be the product of Rose’s disturbed imagination. The two names Joe and Jed, even suggest alter egos.’ A genius for misery, New Yorker magazine McEwan creates in Jed a character who is diametrically opposed to Joe in terms of his background and his beliefs. This helps to add to our interest in Parry as we follow the effects of their interaction on Joe’s life. BOXING MATCH: MCEWAN CREATES IN JED PARRY A CHARACTER WHO IS THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF JOE ROSE Red Corner: Jed is a completely different character to Joe Blue Corner: Jed and Joe are similar characters When preparing consider: • The words each character says • Their actions • The way they are described by others MCEWAN CREATES IN JED PARRY A CHARACTER WHO IS THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF JOE ROSE Rebuttal – explaining why 1 team disagrees with another team. Part 1 1. Red team: argument 1 (Jed is completely different to Joe - 2mins) 2. Blue team’s rebuttal (1min) 3. Red team’s response to rebuttal (1min) Part 2 1. Blue team: argument 1 (Jed and Joe are similar characters – 2mins) 2. Red team’s rebuttal (1min) 3. Blue team’s response to rebuttal (1min) Part 3 1. Red team: argument 2 (2mins) 2. Blue team’s rebuttal (1min) 3. Red team’s response to rebuttal (1min) Part 4 1. Blue team: argument 2 (2mins) 2. Red team’s rebuttal (1min) 3. Blue team’s response to rebuttal (1min) Part 5 1. Red team’s closing comments (1min) 2. Blue team’s closing comments (1min) HOMEWORK •Read chapters 13-24 •KNOW THE BOOK! •Your knowledge of the book will be tested next week REFLECTION • What is Jed’s role in the novel?