The vast mystery that spreads out before us causes us

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“The vast mystery that spreads out before us causes us to stop and look and take it in for heartbeats of silence.” 2. “The ropes pull, snagging a few times just to remind us that it’s not over yet.” Limitations i. Doesn’t use enough quotations to make her point clear and proven. She’s only recounting her personal experience making it harder for it to seem like the truth. ii. Only quote used was “The words of literature are an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us.” Analysis Questions: 1. Given the content of the essay why is the title “April Fools on Polar Circus” appropriate? a. It is appropriate because of the time, setting and underlying meaning of the essay. The day that they climbed was on April Fool’s day and the setting was on Polar Circus, a popular alpine climb. The mountain is unpredictable, just like April fool’s day is. The climbers know that “A climb is never over until you are back in the car.” You must prepare for everything just like you have to on April Fool’s, you can never be too careful. 2. Roddan writes that “the tango with fear makes me wise.” Does it, in your opinion? Provide phrases that illustrate “the tango with fear.” What evidence is there that it makes the climber “wise”? a. I believe fear allows you to know yourself deeper once you experience it making you wiser about yourself and other people. She is wise from the fear because when she lost her grip on the mountain she “Filled with solemn focus, I proceed.” When we are faced with fear, we find new coping mechanisms and that you are able to handle more than you thought you ever could. You begin to seek fear to deeper understand your limits and Rodden believes “The dance with fear fascinates me.” Once you accept fear is a part of everyday life and that you can conquer it, makes you a wiser person. 3. Roddan uses two sets of linked images to tell her story: dance imagery and wedding imagery. Outline the development of these ideas by listing the sentences and phrases that Roddan uses for each image.
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