Exercise 7

Select three powerful words or phrases from “What’s your name?” Your choices
should include imagery and explain how each word or phrase is used effectively
in the context.

Tips: Remember to start with a topic sentence to sum up the paragraph above
before moving on to your analysis.

Write about 100 – 150 words.

This is based on a real event. In 1985, a volcano erupted in Colombia. The heat of
the volcano melted sheets of ice, resulting in mudslides. More than 23,000 people
were killed. The media focused much attention on a thirteen-year-old girl trapped
in the mud. In this story, the girl is called Azucena, and her rescuer is named Rolf
Carlé.

“What’s your name?” he asked the girl, and she told him her flower name. “Don’t
move, Azucena,” Rolf Carlé directed, and kept talking to her, without a thought
for what he was saying, just to distract her, while slowly he worked his way
forward in mud up to his waist. The air around him seemed as murky as the mud.
It was impossible to reach her from the approach he was attempting, so he
retreated and circled around where there seemed to be firmer footing. When
finally he was close enough, he took the rope and tied it beneath her arms, so
they could pull her out. He smiled at her with that smile that crinkles his eyes and
makes him look like a little boy; he told her that everything was fine, that he was
here with her now, that soon they would have her out. He signaled the others to
pull, but as soon as the cord tensed, the girl groaned.

They tried again, and her shoulders and arms appeared, but they could move her
no farther; she was trapped. Someone suggested that her legs might be caught in
the collapsed walls of her house, but she said it was not just rubble, that she was
also held by the bodies of her brothers and sisters clinging to her legs.

“Don’t worry, we’ll get you out of here,” Rolf promised. Despite the quality of the
transmission, I could hear his voice break, and I loved him more than ever.
Azucena looked at him, but said nothing. During those first hours Rolf Carlé
exhausted all the resources of his ingenuity to rescue her. He struggled with poles
and ropes, but every tug was an intolerable torture for the imprisoned girl. It
occurred to him to use one of the poles as a lever but got no result and had to
abandon the idea. He talked a couple of soldiers into working with him for a
while, but they had to leave because so many other victims were calling for help.
The girl could not move, she barely could breathe, but she did not seem
desperate. The reporter, on the other hand, was determined to snatch her from
death.

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