Touching the Void - Analysis of Different Effects - Rushil Shah

Analysis of Different Effects
In the extract from Touching the Void, by Joe Simpson, in chapter 1, the mood seems to be peaceful and exciting since it is an introduction to Joe’s passion and mountaineering. The author creates this mood through words that connote these feelings in order to describe his thoughts and the scenic view; For example, “calming”, “tranquil”, “independence” and “glistening”.

In this extract, we can see that Joe found it to be calming when he was up in the mountains, alone, isolated by everyone else. “For the first time in my life I knew what it meant to be isolated from people and society. It was wonderfully calming and tranquil to be here”. In this quote, the word isolated is used in the same manner but it doesn’t give off the same energy. The main function of this passage is to show Joe’s passion for mountaineering through his feeling of freedom and peace. Simon wanted to try and reach the top as soon as he could whereas Joe took his time and was appreciating the scene. This tells us that Joe really does want to fulfil his dream and wants to take pride while doing so.

What I did and Wanted to do this year - Rushil Shah

This summer, I had developed an interest to go swimming. In the past, I did not go swimming very often. I would only go if it was a party or if friends were meeting. But around the end of my 9th grade, I started to grow interested. In the summer, I went swimming many times and because I went many times, I realised that I wanted to learn a couple of new tricks. I went swimming here, in Belgium, and also where I went on holiday, in India. I was in Belgium for about 2 to 3 weeks after the holiday started and I went swimming almost every alternate day. For the days I was in India, I did not go swimming as much but I still tried to go every alternate day. At the start, I used to go swimming alone, which was fine. But later I decided to go with some friends and when I went with them, it got a lot more fun because, with them, I could use a lot of their tricks and a lot of their advice. When I went swimming in India, I went with my cousins. I managed to learn some of the easy but not basic moves for swimming but later this year, I want to learn some complex swimming tricks, and also try to improve my speed while I am swimming. If possible, then I will try to go swimming with a friend and as them, if they could keep giving me tips on how to swimming better.