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How does the passage 'Taking on the World" portray Ellen MacArthur's thoughts and feelings?

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´╗┐How does this passage bring out the thoughts and feelings of Ellen MacArthur as she sails alone in a race around the world? Ellen MacArthur?s thoughts and feelings change throughout the passage. Our view of Ellen also changes as we continue reading. ?I had worked through the night preparing for it, making sure I had all the tools, mouse lines?agonized for hours over how I should prepare the halyard? We can see here that Ellen is very serious about sailing since she was preparing the whole night and is determined to win the race. ??so that it would stream out easily below me and not get caught as I climbed.? Ellen is also taking lots of precautions, thinking of all the possibilities that could happen. She wants to make sure that everything is in place and that she will be safe while sailing. ...read more.


"You can't ease the sheets...nor can you alter the settings...if something goes wrong you are not there to attend to it...You are a passive observer looking down at your boat" The word "you" is repeated because Ellen is trying to involve the reader in the story. This creates an effect since the readers can now imagine themselves inside the story facing the struggles of keeping themselves safe and feel the sense of responsibility. "There would be no second climb on this one - I knew that I would not have the energy." The writer realizes how hard it is becoming to sail. The dash emphasizes the reality since the phrase "I knew that I would not have the energy" shows Ellen stating that she only has enough energy to climb the mast once more and knows that she couldn't climb up a second time. ...read more.


Another hyperbole Ellen uses is: "...by far the most dangerous part and I had my heart in my mouth..." The writer is trying to show how scared she was, knowing that this was a very critical moment for her and despite being very terrified she tries to tell herself in this phrase "no time for complacency now, I thought not 'till you reach the deck, kiddo, it?s far from over" to stay calm and that she can't start panicking now, before even reaching the deck. At this point the reader becomes very tense since we want to find out what will happen next to Ellen. "My limbs were bruised and my head was spinning, but I felt like a million dollars..." This shows that although Ellen felt exhausted and did suffer some physical pain she felt relieved and happy on the inside at finally completing the race. ...read more.

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