Analyse and Compare the Significance and Effectiveness of the Ways the Author of the Novels Choose to Open and End their Narratives

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It is a common view that the opening and ending of a novel is considered the most memorable and pertinent. Therefore, both authors, Ishiguro and Atwood, utilise openings and endings in their novels significantly. The opening of a novel plays a major part in establishing the tone of what is to come, with the ending leaving a lasting, final impression on the reader. The security of the first person narration in Never Let Me Go encourages the reader to engage with Kathy H in order to destroy our relationship at the end. This disillusionment serves to anger the reader and fuel our sense of disappointment. Never Let Me Go ends in uncertainty as Kathy drives away still looking for Hailsham yet for the reader there is no uncertainty; we know …show more content…
It is a common view that the opening and ending of a novel is considered the most memorable and pertinent. Therefore, both authors, Ishiguro and Atwood, utilise openings and endings in their novels significantly. The opening of a novel plays a major part in establishing the tone of what is to come, with the ending leaving a lasting, final impression on the reader. The security of the first person narration in Never Let Me Go encourages the reader to engage with Kathy H in order to destroy our relationship at the end. This disillusionment serves to anger the reader and fuel our sense of disappointment. Never Let Me Go ends in uncertainty as Kathy drives away still looking for Hailsham yet for the reader there is no uncertainty; we know Kathy will die and it is the inevitability of this that leaves readers dissatisfied. The disordered opening of the Handmaids Tale, however, emphasises the confusion and fear which characterises a totalitarian state. The uncertainty of the narrative creates a morbid curiosity within the reader that over the course of the novel is never really satisfied. Atwood’s presentation of Gilead focuses on a political and cultural landscape and so the range of settings is arguably broader in its scope compared to Ishiguro’s novel, which examines relationships between the three main characters of the novel. However, the focal point of both novels is the uncertainty of the whole situations created and which fuels the reader’s curiosity.
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