in chapter 9 light is used to symbolise hope for joe’s survival. after the rope is cut and joe falls in the crevasse he begins to lose his drive to survive and starts accept that he is dead and that there is no chance of joe surviving. as the night drags on he becomes more and more certain that he will not survive. but as the light of day comes out his thoughts become clearer and he decides that anywhere is better then were he is now. so he makes a few weak attempt at making it up the side before descending down the crevasse. he soon finds a floor of snow below he then sees rays of light and then the text states ” a pillar of gold light beamed diagonally from a small hole in the roof spraying bright refractions of the far wall of the crevasse. ‘ he then goes on to say ” i was going to reach that sun beam. i knew with absolute certainty. how i would do it, and when i would reach it knew not considered. i just knew’ these quotes show that for joe light represents hope for joe which drives him to concentrate solely on survival which is in contrast to the night when he was hardly thinking of any constructive thoughts .” a pillar of gold light beamed beamed diagonally from a small hole” is metaphor because there was not literally a gold pillar in the crevasse but it was used because a gold pillar is considered valuable and strong . which is the source of the strength that joe has to get out which compares to a strong pillar. the small hole were the light comes from describes it to be a small thing that that is hard to get to but something that joe desires to get to. this relates to the gold rush were men rushed to find small but desirable gold no matter the difficulty just like joes desire to get to the small hole.
i was mesmerized by the beam of sunlight burning
mood and tone is used in chapter 8 to give the reader a better understanding of what is going on. simon retreats from the mountain the mood and tone changes to reflect what simon is thinking about on his way down words like. words like stupid , silly, terrifying and cruel describe the negative atmosphere that simon is experiencing after supposedly losing his climbing partner. the tone was created through the word choice of joe to give the reader lonely and used to show how simon didn’t quite understand what to think about what happened. from these word choices we judge what what simon is doing and how is acting with a better understanding of where he is coming from and why he chose to make those choices because we understand the circumstances that drives him to make those choices.
contrast is used in chapter 7 to show the reader what joe is feeling and what he is experiencing. after joe falls in the crevasse he accepts he is going to die but then wildly shouts out that he is alive showing the large amounts of confusion joe is dealing with in this life threatening scenario because he is accepting that he mostly likely going to die. so he begins to act irrationally. this is shown in the text when joe says “i accepted that i was going to die. there was no alternative.” but then goes on to say wildly ” alive!… I laughed through the burning, and kept laughing hard, feeling tears rolling down my face” these two examples contrast because one comes from a negative angle while the other is more positive and focuses on that he is alive as well as being negative and positive they are also joe thinking very logically and looking at just the facts in the first quote were is on the other quote he is thinking irrationally and not focussing on the important details. these show the immense confusion that joe would be experiencing. the reader can tell from the contrasting used above that joe is struggling to control his thoughts and mostly given up on survival and is just waiting to leave. this behavior is something that he probably would not have exhibited at the start of the book and probably was caused by the tough nature of the mountains. which makes us question weather we as readers would have been strong and willing enough in that environment to be able to constantly think logically and positively when joe couldn’t ?
Joe’s crampons keep on snagging on the ice causing his leg to be jolted
the weather is coming in limiting there view.
this piece of text has many references to other things that help display the narrator’s thoughts and emotions to the area around him. one of the images used to display the narrator’s fear of going down to lima is “the icy white sweep of Sarapo” the words icy white sweep makes the sarapo sound sound difficult and scary reflecting the characters fear of going down the slope. “the chaotic bustle of lema” is used to show the contrast from lima and were the narrator is on the mountain both physically by the different locations and also mentally with the constant silence and self reflection the narrator is getting on the mountain and the constant distractions of being in a city.
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