Masculine and Female Apathy as Engagement in Ian McEwan’s “Saturday”


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Masculine and Female Apathy as Engagement in Ian McEwan's "Saturday"
This literary study will analyze the masculine and female apathy as a form of engagement in the political issues surrounding the “age of terror” in the novel Saturday by Ian McEwan. The main character, Henry Perowne, is an intellectual neurosurgeon that often passively accepts the often immoral and problematic issues surrounding the coming War in Iraq. The primary issue of apathy arises in his lack of action to counter his government’s warlike tendencies, which is detailed in his observance of the protests against the ar. Also, his daughter Daisy further imposes this apathetic view by engaging her in debates that never amount to activism. In essence, the apathetic...
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In conclusion, there is an apathetic sense of engagement in this novel, as both masculine and feminine identities are dehumanized by Henry and Daisy’s secure class status and their inability to connect with the protesting masses outside of their upper class way of life. This gender dynamics of this novel also reflect Daisy’s own submissive role under her father’s view of the war, also resulting in an apathetic form of engagement that contrasts the political activism of citywide protests against the invasion of Iraq in 2003. In this manner, McEwan provides apathy as a construct for engagement in the gender roles involving masculine and feminine behaviors in the novel.
McEwan, I. (2006). Saturday. New York: Random House.