Touching the Void-The Final Choice

The Final Choice (Touching The Void Chapter 6)

In this chapter of touching the void Simon is faced with a horrible decision; Should he sever the rope holding Joe and possibly kill him in the process, saving himself, or should he keep the rope attached, whilst his stability on the mountain decreases by the second as it crumbles beneath him, in the home that Joe will find some way to take the weight off him. Baring in mind his oblivion as to Joe’s predicament this is a very hard choice to make. One which ordinary people couldn’t even imagine having to decide.

Alone for the first time on the freezing mountain, having just made a life threatening decision, it is easy to imagine that ...

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night tossing and turning, Simon wakes up feeling surprisingly refreshed, ready to complete his descent and determined that he won’t spend another night on the mountain, this combined with his state of dehydration leaves the reader believing that his journey on the mountain is to end soon; he will either die of dehydration or climb to the foot of the mountain before the day is done. When simon tells the reader that “I felt watched” it is probably because having convinced himself that by cutting the rope he is acting almost like a criminal whose crime yet undiscovered is feeling excessively paranoid. Alone on the mountain without Joe, Simon is fabricating beings out of the stillness, almost as if to keep him company and break his climb down in solitude. This is displayed when he says “ I knew it, and they knew it” The verb “knew” is a common verb yet is none the less a interesting choice of language as it has connotations of certainty it shows that, at the time Simon believed his ...

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Added: 2/28/2012 12:15:08 PM
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Category: Creative Writing
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