Emotive language was used throughout the book to capture the reader into feeling what the author wants them to feel by using emotive language that could potentially create a connection from the reader’s experiences to the character’s situation. The following emotive words, exhausting, frightened, breathing quick, dreading, fragile, injury, exploded, ragged gasps, broken, ruptured, crushed, detached, fear, shaking, furious, guilt, sorrow, anxiety and ashamed are emotive language. These words and many others are used in the right context to trigger anything that the reader can relate to. The author wants the reader to understand what the character is feeling so the reader can have an emotional connection to the character. The author uses a variety of words, supporting the majority of the common feelings to make sure its guaranteed that the reader will feel captured in one way even if they haven’t been in any situation similar. Using emotive language to relate the reader to the character is an effective way to create an understanding because the reader is very likely to have felt a certain way that is represented in the book.For example, the emotive word, ‘fear’ could be used to describe how scared, nervous and fearful a character may be. If the word ‘fear’ was a trigger point for the reader, the reader would relate to a personal experience when he/she was feeling, ‘fearful’. This creates a depth understanding interpreted by the reader on a piece of text. In the last chapters of Touching the void by Joe Simpson, I felt nervous because there was emotive language that I could relate to. For example when Joe is crawling back to the base, fighting for survival, he complains about being thirsty and having no energy. I have experienced being thirsty and having no energy, defiantly not to the extent that Joe did during this situation but it is enough to understand what he feeling to a point. This is effective because reading that someone is thirsty with lack of water is different to having felt that way yourself even if its only been in a minor situation. Certain words that are emotive language have  been included into this text because it is clear evidence that a person will have more understanding about another’s feelings if they have felt that way before. I have used my own of experiencing similar things in a minor situation to state my perspective of how personal experiences affect how the reader will interpret the Characters feelings in a certain situation.


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