McEwan uses a narrative shift in chapter eleven, in order to show us this “entanglement” from Jed’s perspective. The chapter is written in the style of a love letter , addressed to Joe, from Jed and it is is a mix of clique writing: “the unspoken love between us,” and scientific language: “electrical current,” to show how Jed is trying to appeal to Joe, through love and science, because Joe is not the kind of person who would understand love more than science.
In his love letter Jed’s prespective seems to be totally different from Joe: “you knew our love from the beginning,” thus, Jed shows a lot of phantasmagoria, and this invigorates his obsession. In his letter Jed regards “the unspoken love” between him and Joe as “strong as a steel cable,” emphasising the power and vitality if his growing obsession.
Jed’s uses a scientific simile: “happiness running through me like an electrical current,” to enforce that their love emotionally brutalizes him, but because Jed is an extremely bipolar character, it also makes him happy. Also, Jed specifically uses scientific similes to persuade Joe and make him understand the “strange adventure” between them, for Joe is rather used to scientific language, and comparing yout love to a “steel cable” is more appealing to Joe. This shows how much he knows Joe, and how obsessed Jed is, if he knows what language to use in order to implore Joe’s attention.
Jed includes pathetic fallacy in order to show his joyful emotions: “disc of sunlight.” Jed’s language is tremendously lyrical and clique : “sunlight falling on you,” sharing the codes of an archetypal love letter. His lyrical language is divinely expressed within an incessant romantic atmosphere: “you were last night in the rain, across the road from me, with unspoken love between us.” Joe’s ‘love’ is so strong that it heightens Jed’s senses: “I see with such clarity, in such detail,” and symbolically Jed seems to be reborn: “At last I am awake. I feel so alive, so alert...