Symbolism in literature is where an object, person or situation has an additional meaning to its literal meaning. The symbolism of light and “the voice” in Chapter 9 is used to show Joe’s changing circumstances and his reaction to them. Use pages 132-133, 135 and 139-40 to explain what light symbolises in Joe’s situation. How […]

Choose TWO of the following passages from Chapter 8 and describe the MOOD and TONE in each passage. Also, explain how this MOOD and TONE was created. I.e. Reference any word choice, language techniques used, or sentence structure chosen. “This place was ageless and lifeless. A mass of snow, and ice, and rock slowly moving upwards; freezing, thawing, […]

For example, he describes the black space below him in the crevasse as: “the stark blackness of the drops, too deep for the light to penetrate…the black space held untold horrors….staring at the black hole in front of me….the dark spaces menaced” (page 110), but then contrasts these dark images with descriptions of the night […]

List some of the problems the men face trying to get down the mountain. Include quotations from the text (pages 85-94) to support these ideas. The weather- Both Joe and Simon explain the difficulties of frost bite and snow storms created by the powerful winds and avalanches on the mountain. The brutal weather was a […]

state your point/ topic ( first sentence) –  Simons narration is significant in ‘Disaster-chapter 5’ Expand with relevant background detail-  Simons narration is told through Joes perspective, however Simon validated Joes account as ” fair and correct”. Simons voice reveals that he resented Joes injury and that he felt justified in distancing himself from Joe.  […]

When Joe shatters his knee joint, it is one of the most climactic moments in the text (one of the most tension-filled moments for the protagonist). Pages 71-73. Explain how language and writing style techniques were used to draw the reader into Joe’s experiences in this section of the descent. You may wish to comment on: […]

The language technique of foreshadowing is used through out this chapter, to create tension in the text when need be. My first example of foreshadowing is when Joe wakes up in the snow cave after a brutal night, and looks out to see the view of the high mountain peaks starring back at him.” I […]

1. The technical jargon used in this text all relates to mountaineering. This jargon hasn’t been explained in the text because, the author has a target audience. When writing the book, the author would have set out the exact audience they were aiming to grab their attention from ( gender, age, interests etc.). In this […]

Relationship between Joe and Simon- In chapter two, Joe and Simon are inter-dependant on each other as they climb a vigorous part of the mountain. Through the setting of the chapter, and the seriousness of where they are, as readers we can understand the dependance they have on one another. Their story is about survival, […]

CHAPTER 1 1. To me, the line “the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible”, has a significant meaning that dreamers of the day, are the ones who act upon their dreams, and make them a reality. Normal dreams occur and take […]