Category Archives: Ian McEwan

Who’s Right?

A common element I found in Saturday that I brought up in class is there are constantly arguments over who’s right. After further analysis I noticed they are all debates in which neither person can win. Baxter and Perowne exchange a few words when they get in an accident. Baxtor says, “The Tottenham Court Road’s […] Continue reading

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“You Gradgrind”: The Role of Literature in Saturday

Dan Fang questions McEwan’s stance on literature in Saturday as she uses examples of literature’s possible power and influence in Perowne’s life. For a neurosurgeon who doesn’t seem to like literature, Perowne seems to attract quite a bit of poetic justice, both figuratively (with Baxter under his knife at the end) and literally (with Daisy […] Continue reading

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A World of Saturdays: The Unities and Beyond

Analyzing the structure of Ian McEwan’s Saturday, Erin Pellarin discusses Sir Phillip Sidney’s Classical Unities, and how Saturday utilizes them in order to emphasize how, despite the internal nature of the point of view, the outside world and its influences continually pervade the narration. A World of Saturdays: The Unities and BeyondFiled under: Saturday, Science […] Continue reading

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Genetics and Humanity’s Future

I’ve known for a few years now that my future career lies in the health care world. While I’ve switched my interest between different lines of health care work (from medicine, to a brief and crazy thought about ophthalmology, to my present journey into the world of teeth, aka dentistry), I’m certain it’s the field […] Continue reading

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What Would Henry Perowne Make of My PhD???

“In Daisy’s final term he went to an open day at her college.  The young lecturers there like to dramatise modern life as a sequence of calamities.  It’s their style, their way of being clever.  It wouldn’t be cool or professional to count the eradication of smallpox as part of the modern condition…[For] the professors […] Continue reading

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“You Gradgrind”: The Role of Literature in Saturday

One of the most curious things about Ian McEwan’s Saturday is his take on literature. We know Henry Perowne adores Daisy, his poet of a daughter; but McEwan beats us over the head with the point that Henry himself has no clue about literature. He’s slow at reading the books assigned to him by Daisy (currently […] Continue reading

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A World of Saturdays: The Unities and Beyond

In the early 1580s, Sir Phillip Sidney wrote his now famous The Defense of Poesy. In it, besides arguing for poetry’s ability to instruct the mind to higher things, Sidney also argues for the classical unities. He claims that a piece of work should take place in one main setting, during one day, and with […] Continue reading

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