Touching The Void Summary, Chapter 1 and 2. – Y11

Chapter 1 – Beneath The Mountain Lakes

The narrator, and author of the book Joe Simpson, and his friend Simon are at the bottom of the mountain, looking around the area, trying to get a general idea of the types of terrain and weather patterns of the mountain Siula Grande.

They talk to their friend Richard, from the area but who is not and experienced mountaineer to find out about which routes they should take to reach the summit of the 21,000 foot mountain.

Joe Simpson is not used to to weather patterns in the area, as he climbs the Alps, and this mountain region is completely foreign to him, as he is used to there being storms, or much more extreme weather conditions when there is lower pressure, and cumulus clouds as there is in the Alps, however in the areas in Peru the lower pressure doesn’t mean that there is always a storm to follow.

Joe Simpson describes Simon as being a good person to work with, as they are both similarly skilled when it comes to mountaineering, so they get along well.

Simon and Joe begin their first steps towards the summit of the mountain, taking the route on the west face where it is flat, and powder snow wont settle on it, making it much more difficult to climb on. They get along steadily and manage to make shelter in the snow further up the mountain without any hassle.


Chapter 2 – Tempting Fate

As they start to new day to continue climbing, Joe Simpson feels uneasy from the cold of the mountain, but soon forgets about it, knowing he wouldn’t feel as bad if he warms himself up.

As they begin to climb, and Simon goes further up the mountain, screwing in points for their harness to attach to in the event of someone falling, there would be the other person the counter act the fall preventing the other from falling further down the mountain.

The ice is varied in density, so it shifts from being soft, to harder, making it more difficult to climb the mountain, and fit their ice picks in to the face of the mountain.

As they reach higher up part of the ice further above Joe breaks, and rocks and chunks of ice fall narrowly missing Joe’s head.

The day begins to get darker and Joe and Simon cannot find, nor recall where they intended on setting a base at for the night on the face of the mountain.

Simon then begins to find softer spots in the ice, ideal for digging out and camping at over night, and squeals in joy when luckily finding it in time.

When getting more settled into the small base made in the snow Joe recalls when he was on the Alps and had set up a camp similar to the one he was on. During Joe’s time on the Alps he has set up a camp on a harder area of more compacted snow, but it wasn’t sitting on the mountain, but on snow compacted inside a crack in the mountain. The snow began to slowly melt, then a massive shift in the snow was caused, collapsing their entire base into the crack. Joe and his fellow mountaineer at the time Ian were disturbed in their sleep, falling a hundred feet down the mountain, only luckily supported by a screw in the ice, which then hung them both by a harness, hanging at this point, with only one piece of rope, torn from the rocks falling on it. They were then rescued by a helicopter, and Ian then returned to the Alps to never climb again out of fear.







Hamlet Act 5 Scene 1- 2

Scene 1 – The gravediggers are talking amongst themselves, whether Ophelia killed herself, or whether she was killed, by drowning, or if she should get a Christian burial, if she killed herself. The gravediggers sing amongst themselves.

As the funeral starts, hamlet notices the people there, as he sees Claudius, Laertes and Gertrude. When Ophelia is being buried, hamlet notices it was Ophelia who died. The priest said he wont give Ophelia a proper christian burial, as it would be offence to the dead, as she took her own life, and Laertes becomes angry at the priest, and jumps into Ophelia grave, then hamlet bursts in, and gets in a fight with Laertes, claiming he is more upset, by the death of Ophelia. The fight is broken up, then Gertrude and Claudius say that hamlet is mad. Hamlet and Horatio go off, then Claudius tells Laertes to be patient, and remember the plan.


Scene 2 – Hamlet tells Horatio how he stopped Claudius’s plan to kill him, by swapping the sealed letters, and instead of it asking for hamlet to be killed, it says kill the carriers of the letter, who were Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and hamlet has no feelings of being sorry about this, as they betrayed him for the king.

The messenger Osric comes to hamlet to tell him that he has to go fence with Laertes, as the king requests it.

Hamlet apologises for killing Polonius, and claims it was his madness which allowed it to happen, but Laertes doesn’t accept it.

Hamlet and Laertes pick their swords, and Laertes picks the poisoned sharp one. Laertes and hamlet fight, however Laertes does not get a hit. The king offers hamlet the poisoned drink, but he refuses till the end of the fight. The queen then drinks the poisoned drink, after the king told her not to, then died, saying the drink was poisoned. Amongst all the commotion over this incident, hamlet and Laertes accidentally swap swords, then Laertes says ““I am justly kill’d with my own treachery” and tells hamlet that the king is to be blamed, then hamlet runs to Claudius, then forces him to finish the rest of the poisoned wine. Hamlet asks for a last forgiveness from Laertes, who then dies.

Fortinbras and his army march through the halls after their conquest of Poland. Hamlet tells Horatio he is dying, and tells him not to kill himself, and says he wants Fortinbras to be made king of Denmark, then hamlet dies from the poison.

Fortinbras goes into the room with the English ambassadors, and say Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead. Horatio says he will tell what happened, and caused the deaths of so many, as hamlets body is taken out of the room.

Hamlet Act 4 Scene 1- 7 Summary – Y11

Scene 1 – The king asks the queen where hamlet was, and she tells the king that hamlet killed Polonius. Gertrude calls Hamlet crazy, and the kind decides to punish him, by sending him to England.

Scene 2 – Rosencrantz and Guildenstern find out where hamlet put the body, after being asked by the king.. Hamlet reveals in the castle, but not where, as he cannot trust them, as he knows they are spying on him. Hamlet wants to see the kind, but refuses that he is the kind, with the quote  “the body is with the king, but the king is not with the body, the king is a thing of nothing”.

Scene 3 – The king cannot sanction hamlet, as he is too popular with the people. The guards bring in hamlet to the king, and he demands to know where the body is. Hamlet reveals the smell from the lobby, suggesting that is where the rotting corpse is. The king reveals he wants hamlet dead in England

Scene 4 – Hamlet is with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. He sees Fortinbras leading the troops to Poland, and he asks what they are doing, and finds that Norway want to start a fight, over a part of Poland.

Scene 5 – Someone reports that Ophelia has gone crazy. Gertrude refuses to see Ophelia, but does so. Ophelia enters, singing frames of a sad song, about chaos and death. The king and queen try to speak with her, but she doesn’t respond logically. The king asks Horatio to follow Ophelia. Laertes comes in, angry, requesting for his father to be given back, and the king promises, he will get vengeance for Hamlet killing Polonius.

Scene 6 – Horatio gets a letter from a sailor, sent from hamlet. The letter tells Horatio that there were pirates on the ship which he was on to England. the pirates took hamlet captive, and brought him back to Denmark.

Scene 7 – Claudius gets the letter, knowing that hamlet is still alive. Claudius says he will allow  Laertes to kill hamlet, to avenge him killing Polonius, in a sword fight.

Hamlet will have a fencing sword, but Laertes will have a sharp sword, with poison on it. Claudius also puts poison in the wine, so if Laertes cannot hit him, then he will die from the poison in the wine.

Anti-Hero Reading Project Y11: Book 3

Title: Dexter, Darkly Dreaming

Author/Director: Jeff Lindsay

Text Type:  Fiction

Information on Genre, Style and Theme:

The first book of the series, ‘Dexter, Darkly Dreaming’ is a fictional story, from the eyes of a forensics officer, Dexter Morgan.

The book starts with Dexter hiding in a priest car, the attacking him once he gets in to drive, and forces him to drive, which a noose around his neck, to an abandoned house, which caused the priest to be more anxious. Dexter takes the priest to a room, which he seems familiar with. He shows the priest seven dead bodies of the children the priest murdered, knowing he had killed more. He then ties the priest to a table then strangles him, and cuts away at his body.

Dexter experienced a traumatising event when he was three years old, that he doesn’t remember, which his foster-father said may lead him to doing terrible things.

When dexter was a teenager, he heard voices in his head, of what he called “Dark Passenger”, which was telling him to kill. His foster-father tells him, he can kill people who deserve it, and how to hide all evidence of what he did.

In the book there is another serial killer in the town, which Dexter seems to admire the work of this killer, but he has psychotic dreams about the killings, and doesn’t know if he is starting to kill in his sleep.

Further along, when he finds more evidence to the serial killers acts, he doesn’t know whether he wants to find the killer, or join in with him.



I chose this book, as a anti-hero text, as Dexter the main character is an anti-hero.

Dexter is a serial killer, but he only kills people who do wrong, but he has joy in the killing, as he fails to feel emotion.

This makes him an anti-hero, as he is doing wrong, in the excessive killing of people, but he sees it as the right thing to do, to all the wrong doers in the town, but he does it more as he enjoys it, than for the reasons of justice.

Hamlet Act 3 Scene 1 – 4 Summary – Y11

Scene 1 – rosencrantz and guildenstern tell Claudius there is nothing wrong with hamlet

Scene 2 – Hamlet tells the actors to perform a play, re enacting the death of his father , when Claudius killed him with the poison in his ear.

When the actors are performing the play, King Claudius leaves the play, angered, as he remembered what he did when he killed hamlets father.

Scene 3 – Hamlet was told to talk to his mother by polonius, but went to the Claudius to kill him.

Hamlet was going to kill him, but he was praying, which would mean be would go to heaven, if he repents himself, so hamlet doesn’t kill him and waits.

Scene 4 – hamlet is arguing with his mother, about how she married his father’s brother, which angered him, and how she was too ignorant to notice how he killed his father.

Whilst hamlet is angry, he is startled by a noise behind the curtains and stabs it thinking it is the king, and stabs polonius, without realising.


Hamlet Act 2 Scene 1- 2 Summary Y11

Act 2, Scene 1.

Polonius, reynaldo to spy on his son laertes, in Paris.

Othelia tells her father, polonius, that she was scared of hamlet, as he came in to her private room, half undressed.

Polinius talks to hamlet, and decides , that he is mad with love for Ophelia.


Act 2, Scene 2.

Claudius talks to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and tells them of the change in hamlets behaviour , and tells them to spy on hamlet, to find what is wrong with him.

Voltemand comes back from Norway and informs Claudius that the Norway are going to Poland, through Denmark, but they may attack Denmark on their passage through it.


Hamlet Act 1 Scene I – 5 Summary – Y11

Act 1

Scene 1- Barnado and Francisco change guard watch at the opening scene. They talk about Horatio who, is said to look like the recently dead king, appearing in the hours before dawn.

Scene 2-

The king speaks to the people, about his recent marriage, to the wife of the dead king, who is also his brother.

Horatio tells hamlet of the appearance of his father’s ghost, and hamlet says he will go see the ghost.

Scene 3- Ophelia is talking to laertes about her affection for Hamlet, the kings son. Laertes warns his sister, Ophelia, about hamlet, as he does not trust his actions. Polonious, the father of the two, enters the room, and follows Laertes on the point that she should not trust Hamlet.


Scene 4- hamlet is on watch with horatio and marcelus. They are waiting for the ghost. The king, who is hamlets step dad, and uncles fires cannons, walking around the castle drunken.

The ghost arrives, and beckons for hamlet alone.


Scene 5- hamlet talks to the ghost of his father, and talks about how he was killed by his brother, hamlets uncle, who married the queen to become king, by poison in the ear whilst he was sleeping.

The ghost requests hamlet to kill his step father, the king, in order to take revenge of what he did.

The other people askwhat happens, and hamlet doesn’t say.

Now and Then (Draft) – IGCSE Component 1

2nd person, present tense


It’s hot and humid, you sit on the middle of the boat, resting your head on the hollow, silver boom, as it gently swings back and forth. You look up at the main sail, creased, and still, as no air fills it. You take a deep breath, relaxing in the moment of silence, and feel the bitter air enter your lungs. As you lean forward to the halyard on the mast, pulling down the sail, your face gleams from the beams of sunlight hitting your face, as you move from the protection of the mainsail. As you continue pulling down the sail you slip, flailing into the water, you quickly grab onto the side of the boat and pull yourself back into the damp and worn out hull. You hang your feet off the edge of the stern, slowly, and silently dragging in the water. You can hear the quiet splashes of the small ripples, hitting the side of your boat. You stare into the sail, at the creases, and ripped stitches. You wrap the kicker end, into a neat, precise coil, to pass some time. You moor the boat, and step into the warm shallow water of the south sea, and cool yourself. As the sun begins to set, you clamber back into the boat, and lean on the mast, watching the sunset, till nightfall, enjoying the rare occurrence of warm weather.


You hurdle yourself across the boat when tacking up wind, as the boom swings with the force of a bullet, easily enough to knock you out. Your sail luffs, before the wind empowers your boat into a steep heel, filling the worn sails with air. Rapidly, you release the main sheet, careless as it rips through the skin of your palms, in a struggled effort to prevent the inevitable.

As you pass the windward marker, being thrown down wind, your face gets pelted, by the spray, reaching meters high, going far up your nose, causing you to irrationally cough, on the sickening taste of strong salt water, loosing control of your boat. You wipe your face, as you regain control, and hike out.  You look to your hand, cut, and stained by blood, but the breeze so cool, pain cannot be felt.

You look behind you to see the array of boats, thrown off course, with crews shouting in an attempt to recover their boats, and safety RIBs coming towards them in an effort to recover the crews.

The boat jolts you back, as you go down a wave, and you can feel the light spray brush your face as your bow pops up, as you begin to plane.

Whilst gybing, you hear a loud crack, and look up to see a tear in the sail, leading to a small fracture on the rivet on the centre piece of the mast.

You hear the loud ping of the kicker falling out of the hook, hitting the bow, as the boom swings, narrowly missing your head. The boat then rapidly heels, and in an effort to reduce speed, you swiftly pull in the main sheet, but you can feel the soaked, rough sheet, slipping from your bloody, and worn hands.




Futility – Y11

1- Define words:
Rouse:  To bring something out of sleep. Make angry, or excited

Fatuous: Something that is foolish, or pointless

2- Simplified:

3- Language Effects: Personifications, “Think how it wakes the seed”, this personifies the seed and the sun, which “wakes the seed”, and “to break earth’s sleep”, personifying the earth, as it sleeps.

4- Context of the Poem: The author, Wilfred Owen, was in the war for four months, and fighting on the frontlines for 5 weeks, in France 1917. He was exposed to the brutalities  or war, such as the harsh conditions, and constant fire, leading him to get shell shock. Whilst in the hospital,  he met Siegfried Sassoon, who influenced him to write poems. Owen was killed on 4th November 1918, in a attempt to get his men across the Sambre Canal.



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