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Unseen paper

We had to work in pairs in an unseen essay practice. I was with Luna Perez Muniz. The following is our essay.

How do the writer’s words make you feel about Robert and the way he behaves towards Colin and Mary?

In the following essay I am going to analyze how the writer’s words make readers feel about Robert and about the way he behaves towards Colin and Mary.

Firstly, I will mention and describe the writer’s descriptions towards Robert. It says that Robert was a “…squat figure…”, “He was shorter than Colin, but his arms were exceptionally long and muscular.”, “…The backs covered with matted hair.” This descriptions give us an uncomfortable impression, likely of a bouncer, a violent person. Not someone with good intentions. A sense of insecurity, intimidation fills the atmosphere.

Secondly, I will analyse the way Colin and Mary react to him. As Robert wants to take them to a good place he knows to eat, he gets very excited and starts to make the tourist couple feel uncomfortable. He grabs them and pushes them. Colin here “…[tries] to detach his wrist without appearing violent.” As Robert doesn’t seem to understand “Mary [speaks] to him as to a child. `Robert, let go of my hand´.” In a moment, since Robert was really excited and didn’t actually understood Colin and Mary didn’t want to be treated that way, “Collin pulled Robert to a halt and jerked his hand free”. After this, Mary and Colin walked “…distanced from Robert.”

Finally, we can see how the writer’s descriptions and the way the couple reacts, creates a feeling or atmosphere of tension. We can notice that through the following quotes. “…trying to detach his wrist…”; “…Robert began to pull them back down the street.” That action gives tension to the atmosphere, being controlled, being forced to do something. In a moment Colin gets angry and said to Robert in an almost violent way “`And you’d better let go of me too´” so Robert would let go of Colin’s hand. Also, it mentions nearly to the end that they were dragged to an “..alley…”. This is a very intrusive place to be, more with a person who you don’t know. Tension appears there again. It appears a lot throughout the text.

In conclusion, throughout this essay you could notice how the writer makes the readers feel about Robert by describing him and the actions he gets involved and the conversation that holds with Colin and Mary. Very tense, intimidating and uncomfortable.

A horse and two goats essay

In Literaure we have been reading the story: ‘A Horse and two Goats’, and we had to write an essay about it’s main theme: the clash of cultures. Here is mine.

The most important theme in “A Horse and two Goats”, and in fact the central theme of Narayan´s work, is the clash of cultures. Do you agree?

 

In A Horse and two Goats, Narayan writes about the encounter between two cultures: Indian and American. Also, he deals with the consequences of this encounter.

Firstly, the poem deals with the differences between the two protagonists. Apart from language, money is also a big problem. Muni is stuck in Kritam, he had been living there for all his life. But the tourist, he is in a vacation. He can simply enjoy visiting other places and cultures because he has money. Not like Muni, he’s poor.

Secondly, the story deals with the lack of communication between Muni that is Indian, and the tourist that is American. They try to speak with one and other but it’s not possible because of the fact that Muni speaks Tamil and the tourist speaks English. Despite of this, they keep on having a senseless conversation. Language is part of your culture and your identity.

Thirdly, the theme of “ignorance” is also part of clash of cultures. Both of the protagonists are very ignorant towards the two cultures. The “red-faced man” underestimates Indian culture and Muni doesn’t even understand him.

To conclude, the most important theme in the story is the clash of cultures, because there is an encounter of two very different languages and identities.

 

Getting postcolonial

“A horse and two goats” was written by R.K. Narayan in 1970. It paints a perfect picture of Indian life after their independence from the British Empire in 1947. Bearing this in mind is essential when first tackling this literary piece as setting, context of production and culture seem pervasive. We are then invited to explore not only Postcolonialism as a historical phenomenon but the sense of Indianness as well.

Here goes a presentation that will, hopefully, aid you in the understanding of the macrocosm of this short story.

http://www.slideshare.net/danielabarra71/postcolonialism-39625497

The Coconut Tree

In Writing and Oral we have been learning about legends and, in groups, we chose one legend and presented it.

We enjoyed a lot doing this work because the legend we chose is very interesting (for us :P). Also, the video we included helped the audience understand the story. We liked the part when wrote our response, the poem and the drawing.

I worked with Mara Ripoll and Catalina Grosso.