Between a rock and a hard place - anthology section A

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  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place
    • TITLE is an idiom: 2 options, neither that are great
    • PRESENT TENSE: more immediate thought process + ability to follow thought process at time
    • AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL: to recount, to inform (first person)
    • BEGINNING
      • TENSION: starts by describing expertly what thought would be normal climb
        • PROFESSIONAL
          • Use of professional terms: experienced, accidents can happen to all
            • "chockstone"
            • "stemming or chimneying"
            • "traverse"
            • "drop-off"
            • SOMANTICFIELD OF CLIMBING + SPECIALIST LEXIS
      • Everything is described very closely
        • "Claustrophobic feel of a short tunnel": foreshadows danger to come
        • "lip of the drop off": conventional metaphor
        • TENSION: starts by describing expertly what thought would be normal climb
          • PROFESSIONAL
            • Use of professional terms: experienced, accidents can happen to all
              • "chockstone"
              • "stemming or chimneying"
              • "traverse"
              • "drop-off"
              • SOMANTICFIELD OF CLIMBING + SPECIALIST LEXIS
    • Description of accident
      • "instinctively": not thinking, comes naturally
      • "chockstone" "consumes to sky": dramatic
      • "fear shoots my hands over my head": abstract noun is subject of sentence, controls body
      • "the next three seconds play out at a tenth of their normal speed": time is subjective
      • "my eyes register": emotional detachment
      • "ensnares":metaphor
      • "smashes","ricochets","crushes my right hand": onomatopoeia
      • LAST SENTENCES: 2nd to last is long (describes different stags of rock hitting, implies sequence of continuous events), last sentenceis v short
    • Suspense after accident
      • Metaphors
        • "flaring"
        • "throws me into panic"
      • Biological description
        • "My nervous system's pain response overcomes the initial shock"
      • "yank ": dynamic verb, onomatopoeia
      • "Anxiety has my brain tweaking": abstract noun, creates sense of danger
      • "My desperate brain conjures up": metaphor, magic, desperation
        • Metaphors
          • "flaring"
          • "throws me into panic"
      • "adrenaline-stoked": compound adjective
      • "But I'm stuck": 2nd short sentence to end paragraph in a row
      • "while my body's chemicals are raging* at full flood": personification*, metaphor
        • "heaving","pushing", "lifting":uses series of clauses starting with verb in present continuous aspect (-ing)
          • List, separated by comas (asyndetic)
      • END
        • "Come on...move!: talks to rock, shows desperation
        • "Nothing.": ends in one word sentence, emphatic, despair

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