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Much is made by Ian McEwan in ‘Enduring Love’ of the difference between the rational, scientific mind and the artistic approach to life. Describe the different outlooks, approaches to understanding and methods of expression in the opening paragraph of Charles Darwin ‘The Origin of Species’ and the first stanza of John Keats ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ and use these as a basis for a summary of the differences between the two approaches to life and the irreconcilability or otherwise of these opposing views.

There are two ways of approaching life. Charles Darwin writes in the logical, scientific, rational way as is obvious in his piece ‘The Origin of Species’ whereas Keats writes with the colorful, artistic and romantic style of writing in ‘Ode to a Nightingale’. Both of these styles of approaching life are obvious throughout the novel ‘Enduring Love’ in which the author Ian McEwan makes frequent reference to Charles Darwin and John Keats, to illustrate the opposing views of life of his main characters Clarissa and Joe.

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Charles Darwin is a writer from the 19th century that writes in the logical outlook to life and uses scientific logic to answer most things as is seen in his piece, ‘The Origin of Species’. … we are driven to conclude that this greater is simply due to our domestic productions having been raised under conditions of life not so uniform as, and somewhat different from, those to which the parent-species have been exposed under nature.

From this quote (above) we are led to believe that Charles Darwin is a writer that indeed does try to explain everything scientifically, and logically. Darwin tries to do this by his sentence structure, his choice of words and the punctuation that he uses throughout the piece. Darwin uses heavy punctuation and a wide range of diction in his writing to explain what he wants to easily. The punctuation is to slow the sentences down to a slow pace, but also to drag them out and enable him to make his sentences longer and make them flow better.

When we look to the individuals of the same variety or subvariety of our older cultivated plants and animals, one of the first points which strikes us, is, that they generally differ much more from each other, than do the individuals of any one species or variety in a state of nature. … our oldest domesticated animals are still capable of rapid improvement or modification Darwin uses specific sentences and phrases to gain our attention as a reader. The quote on the previous page is a perfect example of this.

The sentence is the last sentence on the first paragraph and is there to make you use your mind and think; what will happen next? Where is this leading to? What is this trying to say to me? Should I read on from here and find out or not? Darwin is here with his scientific and factual writing as expressed in ‘The Origion of Species’. Darwin uses reason to explain everything, whereas Keats is in the total opposite mind set, with his writing in the artistical and romantic style of writing.

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