Chapter 4 “On The Edge” Symbolism

Use of the pun language feature in the title
The term “on edge” is used to describe someone who is visibly anxious or cautious about their actions repercussions, this term could also be used to literally describe someone or something that is on the edge of a sheer drop, such as a mountain. this pun perfectly describes Joe and his emotions in the chapter.

There are hints of symbolism scattered throughout the duration of the book, such as the subtle reference of the gas stove running out is symbolic of the two climbers running out of hope that their journey will end with them reaching their base camp safely

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