Chapter 5 “Disaster” (Climax)

The writing styles and techniques include short sentences to add punch and intensity to the situation. The descriptive language of when Joe injures his knee is designed to get the readers to cringe at the thought of that happening and what it may look like.

The purpose of interviewing Simon about his thoughts and emotions when Joe breaks his leg is because it’s the most climactic moment in the whole book, making it important to get both perspectives of the men. This means that Joe, the narrator speaks from an all-seeing first person point of view (omniscient)

If I were in Joe’s position, I don’t know if I would be able to do what Joe did or if I were able to, I don’t know how calmly I could operate. I don’t know if I would be able to shift my attention from the searing pain from my leg to my own survival. However, I may have a good chance as I’ve dealt with broken, sprained and hyperextended bones, but nothing to the extent of Joe’s experience.

One Reply to “Chapter 5 “Disaster” (Climax)”

  1. Cameron, you have identified some of the language techniques effectively used in this section of the text. However, more specific explanation was needed on the effect that these techniques have on the reader’s understanding. I.e. Why is it important that the reader gets a sense of “punch and intensity to the situation”? Also, why is it important that “the readers cringe at the thought of that happening and what it may look like”?

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts about how Joe’s situation relates to your own experiences.

    Continue to fully explain the connections you are making in the text – additional details are needed to secure your points overall.
    * We will discuss types of sentences and their effects in class.

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