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Touching the void

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1.) Joe's account starts with the action verb 'hit' which underlines the falling action, literally, at the very beginning. Hence, we already sympathize with the character as we predict pain after the fall. The verb 'shattering' is audio visual imagery that helps to build a clear sensual image of the physical pain in Joe as he felt a 'blow in [his] knees.' Sympathy arouses. The negative verbs, 'splitting' and 'screamed' shows reaction to the 'shattering blow', reinforcing the pain. The short sentence 'I slid, head first, on my back' mirrors the fast paced action in Joe's account. The sense of confusion is hinted at as Joe vaguely describes the events. The future tense narration 'would be ripped' highlights concern for Simon despite his grave situation. It builds interest for the reader. The phrase 'sudden violent stop' brings about the uncertainty of events. Thus, emphasizes on the precariousness of death itself. Confusion as well is tinted upon as he has no idea of events. 2.) In the second paragraph, though there is change of moment there are fast paced thoughts. ...read more.


Hence, this highlights the sense of disbelief. 4.) In the fourth paragraph, there is sudden and dramatic change of mood as a 'wave of nausea surged over.' He tries to calm himself slow, before stepping down into the authenticity of the situation. The paradoxical statement, 'sharp cold seemed to calm' confuses the reader. However, it literally does so as the cold is actual comfort because it numbs the pain. The pain was harsh. The alliteration, 'dark with dread' emphasizes on the true rhythmic pattern after a mountaineer breaks his leg. A connotation of death already sets in. The calmness does not last long. Panic struck. Short sentences like, 'that's it. I'm dead' mirrors the bitter truth. Finally, he realizes. However, ellipses with conditional clause, 'if...' emphasizes that there may be still hope. His character is being stressed upon as a positive one. He describes the situation to be a 'death sentence' which accentuates on the seriousness of the situation. Fear as well is brought into the picture. The paragraph ends with a conditional clause; 'maybe I've ripped' further draws attention to his empty hopes. ...read more.


It is not in vain that he tries to avoid the acceptance of the truth but in hope and miracles. Due to his drastic and rather rapid change in the emotional state, I feel pity for him more in that area. If he had just accepted the truth but still worked, hardly emotional trauma would be his other weakness. The metaphors used are very creative allows us to even determine his intelligence and creativity in writing. He brings out the pain that 'flooded' and 'fire' that fiercely burned in beautiful and easy to imagine language. Highly ironic as the pain he suffers is not at all beautiful. The structure of the paragraphs is also relevantly structured. The paragraph where he realizes the truth is the biggest. Indeed, it is a big thing to grasp that you will die. It is quite impressive that though the pain is most it is illustrated in the smallest paragraph. Also, the account is filled with kinetic and action verbs such as, 'dug' 'kicked'. However, if you actually think about it he hasn't really moved. I find that highly amusing. In fact, his thoughts moved more. ...read more.

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