Contrast is used in these sections of text to create a more positive analogy from the supposed negative situation. Contrast makes the reader understand what Joe is feeling through describing his feelings visually. For example the crevasse Joe is in is described like a night sky to give the reader an interpretation on what Joe see’s. By seeing what Joe see’s, it allows the reader to think from the perspective of how they would feel to see what Joe see’s. Most people in Joe’s situation would feel doomed, alone, upset, angry and weak. The reader will think about feeling these things from the image created in their mind from the writer. Contrast gives the reader a connection to the situation making them understand what Joe is feeling without writing his every thought.

When Joe pulls on the rope, only to find out it has been cut, the connection between himself and Simon is broken. While Simon is lowering Joe down, they may be many meters apart but they are still connected by the rope. Throughout lowering the rope is their only connection to communicate with each other. This leads Joe’s hope to be gone after he realizes that the connection isn’t there. Simon won’t have any specific indication on where Joe is or if he is alive and neither will Joe on Simon. “I wasn’t meant to get out of here” Joe says. Joe lowers himself into the crevasse because he is convinced that he is going to die, it was meant to happen this way and that he needs to accept it. He had already tried to climb up and failed so going down was his only option because he doesn’t want to “spend another night on the ledge” as he describes it as madness.

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  1. A good discussion overall, about contrast and the significance of “the rope.”
    * Continue to support all of your ideas with relevant evidence I.e. “the crevasse Joe is in is described like a night sky”? OR “what Joe is feeling”?


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