Gender Analysis of Ian McEwan’s “Saturday”

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Essay #: 057112
Total text length is 8,510 characters (approximately 5.9 pages).

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A Gender Analysis of Ian McEwan’s Saturday
In exploring the novel Saturday, by British novelist Ian McEwan – a narrative depicting events in one day of the life of an English neurosurgeon, set against the larger backdrop of terrorism in the days leading up to the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 – it may be argued that the feminist slogan “the personal is political” opens particularly valuable avenues for analysis. This paper will argue the thesis that the equivalence the novel draws between the local and the global – violence and terror in the lives of particular individuals and violence and terror on an international scale – is configured in highly gendered terms. In this analysis, it will be shown how the novel represents masculinity...
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..... may concluded that the feminist slogan “the personal is political” is particularly appropriate to an understanding of McEwan’s Saturday given how the novel – probably unintentionally – represents patriarchal white male power as a normative condition at both the personal and global levels. As we have seen, given the clear analogies the novel draws between the events of Perowne’s life and the so-called “War on Terror” and the invasion of Iraq, this representation of masculinity as synonymous with power and agency and women as passive bodies subject to male influence and sexualized violence and control is arguably one of the most significant thematic features of McEwan’s text.
Bibliography
McEwan, Ian. Saturday. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2006.