At the beginning of this passage a picture is forming in our head of their surroundings and the campground they are set in.
Some images included are:
- Indeed the only remaining evidence of my ordeal was the sight of my blackened fingertips.
- I gazed across at the icy white sweep of Sarapo.
HOW DO THESE IMAGES AFFECT OUR UNDERSTANDING??
- The image of blackened fingertips illustrates a painful image in our head and gives us the idea that he may have frostbite, meaning he is struggling with carrying and using his gear, for example when he is attempting to use the small key to light the petrol stove.
- This text helps us believe that the narrator is beginning to move on from what happened in the past when he states that “the deep tiredness I felt yesterday was gone” A new setting in forming in our head, from a cold spot somewhere in the snowy mountains to a nice campsite with warmth and good food.
- This sentence creates a picture in our head of a setting that he doesn’t want to leave behind, something preventing him from leaving. He says “so why not go? I gazed across the icy white sweep of Sarapo. Perhaps tomorrow…” He is contemplating his return home after leaving joe, but after taking a look at his surroundings he decides to put off his return until tomorrow.
WHAT SPECIFIC VOCABULARY HAS BEEN USED??
Vocabulary chosen to add meaning to the text:
- Rhetorical question~ “So why not go?”
Including this rhetorical question makes the reader question what is preventing him from leaving. It makes them want to know the answer to this question.
something holding him back but doesn’t know what