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revision resource for GCSE English Literature about the characters of Touching the Void by Joe Simpson. Simon is tested to the limit up in the mountain. Joe Simpson in film, Touching The Void - handout image The book charts Simpson and his climbing partner Simon Yates's One young lady wrote to him: “Your book is the reason my entire year will fail our English exam. 5 Why did he choose the title 'Touching the Void'? Joe Simpson and his friend Simon Yates want to be the first men to Test your partner (or yourself). . 4 How does the relationship between Joe and Simon change during the story?.
The rest of the film deals with the disasters that befell them on the way down: Simpson breaks his leg, is separated from Yates, falls into a deep crevasse, has to find a way out and then crawl back to safety across a hazardous mountainside through blizzard and biting cold. Advertisement The film is directed by Kevin Macdonald, who won the best documentary Oscar in for his One Day in September, about the murder of Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics.
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But whereas that film's combination of interviews, archival news footage and dramatic re-creations stayed within the conventional parameters of documentary filmmaking, Touching the Void moves well beyond. The face-to-camera interviews with the trio involved - Simpson, Yates and the colleague who waited for them at the camp at the base of the mountain - are straightforward documentary portraits of men reliving a traumatic experience.
However, the extensive and often spectacular re-creations are entirely fictional, scripted events in which the three involved are played by actors Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron and Ollie Ryallwho are occasionally replaced by stuntmen.
The result could have ended up a kind of illustrated lecture, but to describe it thus does the film an injustice. Even though we know right from the start that all those involved make it back to safety - if they hadn't, Macdonald might have had trouble interviewing them - Touching the Void remains totally riveting.
An exciting adventure, a story of endurance against extraordinary odds, it's also an intimate, memory-propelled human drama. All three speak of what took place, but Simpson's recall shapes the film and Macdonald is clearly fascinated by the state of mind that enabled him to live to tell the tale. He makes is safely back to camp P Other points to note: Note how he changes in the novel: He narrates some of the events in the novel.
Simon begins to climb Siula Grande with Joe P Simon reaches the summit with Joe P Simon slips off the edge of the ridge P After helping Joe on the descent, Simon cuts the rope when Joe falls off an ice cliff and allows Joe to fall into a crevasse, presuming him to be now dead P Simon descends the mountain alone Pmeets Richard at base camp and tells him the truth P Simon finds Joe outside the tents at base camp and arranges for him to get to a hospital P He changes dramatically over the course of the book.
He gets as far as base camp and suffers from altitude sickness and decides he will venture no further P3.
He stays at base camp while Joe and Simon do test climbs P6. Richard walks with Joe and Simon until the going gets too tough P Richard looks after Simon on his return P Richard presses Simon to leave for Lima P He represents the outside audience that Simon will have to face when he returns from the expedition. He acts as a plot device in helping us gauge our understanding and reactions to events as well as when Richard suggests he and Simon leave base camp in chapter They give Richard a place to stay when he gets lost on his way to base camp P4.
They sell homemade cheese and provide other food supplies to the climbers P The girls smile sadly at Simon, showing sympathy for his loss of Joe P Spinoza haggles over the price of the mules that will get Joe off the mountain P When Joe needs to get down the mountain, near death, Simon has to strike a deal with Spinoza.
As with the environment, there is little sense of compassion with the locals-their job is survival and the outsiders bring items they need.
He was trying to help himself by contouring round the small rise in front of him. Simon was everything I was not, everything I would like to have been. He would leave me.Touching the Void atheism
He had no choice. I felt cold at the thought. Had I killed him? You know it…I think we should go. I lay still and listened to the argument. It must have been terrible for you that night. You had no choice…You did all that you could have done. Thanks for getting me down. Others say that it was simply a matter of survival. The conditions the men experienced.
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The methods that Simpson uses to show these experiences. Write about; Your ideas about the suffering of the men The methods Simpson uses to help you decide who suffers most. What happens to Joe and Simon in the accident?
How they react to it? The methods Simpson uses to describe the accident. These questions are a lot more challenging- to succeed, you MUST bring in wider knowledge, fully explain all points and show the examiner that you genuinely know what you are talking about. Spend 10 minutes planning and 35 minutes writing. What methods does Simpson use to make you respond as you do?
Novel Adventurers: What if? The Story Of Joe Simpson And Simon Yates
How does Joe Simpson make you feel as you do? Key Words for Language and Structure: Multiple Narrative- when we hear both perspectives. Foreshadowing- Hinting something is going to happen. Pathetic Fallacy- using the weather to reflect the danger.
Chapter Titles- to create tension and foreshadow.