“On the edge” – Chapter 4


“On the edge” – How is this pun used effectively to summarise the events in this chapter?

Choose ONE of the following language or writing style techniques and explain how it is used to create tension (mental, emotional or physical strain) in the text. I.e. How does the technique show that the men will/are facing problems?

Foreshadowing: a warning or indication of a future event

Imagery: visually descriptive or figurative (simile, metaphor, personification) language

Use of dialogue/direct speech: the recording of characters’ actual speech

Emotive words: words used to evoke an emotional response from the reader

Symbolism: an object or word represents an idea



Posted by Jo Waide

Teacher of English at Mount Aspiring College, Wanaka, New Zealand.

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