Tempting Fate – Chapter 2

Describe the relationship between Joe and Simon in this chapter, including important quotations. How are the men inter-dependent and why?


Describe the environment in this part of the climb? What does the environment require from the men and how do they react to the challenges presented to them?

What does the reader learn about Joe’s previous experiences in a similar environment by the end of the chapter? Why might this section of the text be important? Identify any language/ language techniques used purposefully in this section and explain their purpose (effect on the reader’s understanding).

“Touching The Void” by Joe Simpson ——- The Role Of The Author And Initial Characterisation

Joe includes these lines when he is describing mountaineers at the beginning of the book: ‘The dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.’

  • What Do You Think These Lines Mean To You? – To me this means… 

Joe explains how he feels about being in the mountains in the opening pages of the book.

  • What Is Your Initial Impression Of Joe Simpson?  Explain, Including Quotations Where Appropriate. –  Joe to me is an interesting character…

Joe describes Simon (at the beginning of the book) as: “he was an easy friend: dependable, sincere, ready to see life as a joke… a touch of madness that makes which makes just a few people so special.” Pg 19           “There were few other people I could have coped with for so long”               “Simon was keeping to steady pace that matched mine” Pg 20                “If a climber has to slow his natural pace to that of his companion, the unfit climber will soon find himself struggling to keep up.” Pg 20

  • What Do These Lines Tell You About Simon And His Relationship With Joe?  -Simon and Joe have a solid relationship with…..

    Joe describes Richard at the beginning of the book as: “jgjghg

  • What Do These Lines Tell You About Richard And How Joe And Simon View Him?

“Touching The Void” by Joe Simpson ——- What Has Been Included

What Images Are Presented In The Text?

  • Blackened Fingertips – big white bony hands with the fingertips blackened and bruised looking with no life left in them. 
  • Deep Tiredness –   Someones face with eyes sunken in with black bags underneath 
  • Victim – being chased or captured, scared for life

How Do These Images Affect Our Understanding Of The Events, The Setting, And The People?

  • Indeed the only evidence of my ordeal was the sight of my blackened fingertips’  –  How did he get this frostbite why can he not feel it anymore?
  • The deep tiredness I had felt yesterday was gone.’  –  This Image affects our understanding by making us wonder what setting/terrain they walked through to make him this tired and how fit he is as a person compared to the other climbers
  • ‘I had done the right thing; no one could challenge my conviction that I was as much a victim as Joe’.  –   This gives the image of someone being chased or captured, scared for life.  By saying ‘I was as much of a victim as Joe’ makes me wonder what happened to Joe did he die? was he sick? or was he just lost in the snow? 

What Specific Vocabulary Has Been Chosen To Add Meaning To The Text?

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