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1
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She is alone on Christmas Eve

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Creates sympathy for her and “Christmas Eve” emphasises the loneliness

2
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“As if I was stepping on to the moon - a world over which I had no control”

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Builds tension and shows how dangerous is was

3
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“Haylard” “sheet” “reef” “jumar” “spreader”

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Lots of semantic field vocabulary shows how she is very capable and knows what she’s doing

4
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“There would be no second climb on this one”

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Builds tension and anticipation

5
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“Mast slices erratically”

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Dynamic verb –> descriptive and builds tension

6
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“Tugged and tugged”

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Repetition for emphasis
Shows how desperate she is for this to work
Builds tension

7
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“Not far now, kiddo”

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Trying to steady her nerves and encourage herself
Very normal behaviour in an extra ordinary situation -> this creates sympathy as the reader can relate to her
Talking down to herself
Sounds like a parent trying to motivate a child
Informal language

8
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“I had my heart in my mouth”

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Metaphorical idiom shows to the audience the danger of the situation
Tension

9
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“It’s far from over …”

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Ellipsis builds tension as the reader does not know what is going to happen next
Suspense

10
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“My head was spinning, but I felt like a million dollars”

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Idiom “felt like a million dollars”

Shows how proud she is of herself

11
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“I would be wearing a helmet”

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Remarkably sensible and takes the appropriate precautions

12
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“I had agonised for hours”

“Worked through the night preparing for it”

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She is a perfectionist and has clearly thought long and hard about the climb. She really cares about what she’s doing

13
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“When it got light o decided that the time was right”

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She is systematic and considers the need for maximum daylight

14
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“I couldn’t feel my fingers - I’d need gloves”

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She is not perfect as she fails to fully appreciate the cold so has to start again

15
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“Clinging on”

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Shows how dangerous it is

Shows she is physically strong as she is able to do this

16
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“Eyes closed and teeth gritted”

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Shows determination and resilience but also how exhausted she is

17
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“Hanging on by just one arm”

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The audience realise the real danger she is in at this moment and feel anticipation and tension
Fear

18
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It’s written in first person

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Shows that it is a real account
More personal
Makes the audience care more about the protagonist

19
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“Helmet”

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Dangerous situation but shows she is careful and is taking necessary precautions.

20
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Semantic field vocab

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“Jumar”“sheets”“autopilot”“halyard”“reef” technical language shows that’s she’s an expert and is able to use the right terminology

21
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“Loss in dexterity”

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Builds tension

22
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“It had to come”

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Persuading herself, definite prediction, anticlimax, interspersing past tense through account with drift thought to make the reader empathise

23
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“Santa”

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Emphasise loneliness and creates even more sympathy for her being alone in appalling conditions

24
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What is this piece?

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Writing to inform, recount and autobiographical

25
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“Hardest climb to date”

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Foregrounding, tense, dangerous gives text cohesion

26
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First paragraph

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Long build up implies importance and that she’s medical and an expert

27
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“Agonised”

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Suggests it’s more than just a worry as its stringer and more emotive

28
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“I was stepping on to the moon - a world over which I had no control”

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Dangerous alien environment no one could control and could cause demise

29
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3rd paragraph

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Some 2nd person

30
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“I climbed down”

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Details on how she had to stop her first attempt shows how dangerous it is and builds suspense

31
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“I would not have the energy”

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Narrating continuously, foregrounding how there could only be one attempt

32
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“Hardest thing”

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Superlative

33
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“Physical drain”

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Shows how difficult the task is

34
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“Slices”

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Connotations of danger

35
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“I could feel us surf down”

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Metaphor and she identifies with her boat as she’s on her own otherwise

36
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“I would wrap my arms”

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Habitual thing and a frequentative aspect (links to the last line of the fourth paragraph)

37
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“Shuddering slowdown”

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Personification

38
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“Wrists clenched together and hope”

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Shows how physical the activity is and that she’s not in control of the situation

39
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“The halyard was heavier… More violent”

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Telling the story and increasing the tension

40
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“Conjure up”

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Metaphor, drawing on energy reserves that aren’t actually their

41
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“Kiddo”

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Talking to herself in second person

42
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“By far the most dangerous part”

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Superlative

43
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“I felt like a million dollars”

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Simile

44
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“Fumbled”

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Not in control