How do you think the gorilla and the man are feeling?
What is in front of them?
Where are they?
What was the mighty beast’s reaction?
What do you think they are looking at? Is it something happy or something sad? Draw what they might be able to see.
Their connection needed no words. The silence spoke for them as they observed the scene, joined in understanding by the emotions, which wrapped around them like a shared blanket. Reassured by the presence of the other, each processed their own feelings about what they saw. Having worked on the reserve for many years, Sam had come to know the animals; to appreciate their kindness and their compassion and to recognise that they too had feelings worthy of respect.
That day was like no other. Sam could never have predicted the reaction of the mighty beast…
‘The silence spoke for them as they observed the scene’. In this sentence, the writer uses personification and oxymoron to highlight that the silence was a way the man communicated with the gorilla. Can you use personification to complete these sentences:
The soft carpet of leaves…
The peaceful sky…
These sentences are ‘sick’ and need help to get better. Can you help?
The man sat beside the gorilla.
The gorilla comforted the man.