Trabajo práctico de literatura

En nuestra clase de Literatura estuvimos leyendo segmentos del Martín Fierro, luego hicimos algunas actividades en las que analizamos los segmentos, y por último nos tocó interpretar una parte del Libro. Yo trabajé con Mara Ripoll, Catalina Grosso, Nicolas Monguzzi y Bautista Olaizola. Este es nuestro trabajo, ojalá les guste. También acá está el guión del texto que producimos.

Essay on “The Yellow Wallpaper” – Corrections + Conclusion

For our literature class our teacher ,Cecilia Lasa, asked us to think an essay statement based on the short story we’ve been reading, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Then, we had to write it pairs. I did mine with Bautista Olaizola. Then, we had to publish our essays on our blogs. I published mine, and then Ceci made some corrections and suggested some tips on writing conclusions. This is the second version of our essay, hope you like it 🙂

Literature Essay

“The woman of the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” metonymically represents the woman at the late nineteenth century” How far do you agree with this statement? Explain.

In the short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the protagonist is shown as a victim. She is not only a victim because of her husband’s apathy of her illness. She is a victim of the repressing society in which she lived in. This is a characteristic of many women in the Victorian society. That is why we can claim that this character metonymically represents women in Victorian society, since metonymy is a figure. Throughout the entire story, the author makes a critic to the society, but indirectly, using metonymy.

Firstly, metonymically means a figure of speech that consists of the use of the name of an object or concept for that of another to which it is related. Secondly, the woman in the late nineteenth century could not express themselves or do things like writing or going out of their houses alone. The protagonist of this story could not write because of her illness that was a nervous depression, this was what his husband, John, told her. Her husband did not allow the narrator to write because he thinks it is worst for her, “he hates to have me write a word” the protagonist cannot write in front of her husband. Also, at that time science was very important so the narrator thinks that her husband is always right, “What is one to do?” , this is when she is talking about what her husband tells her and that she does not agree with it but she feels he is right because of his profession. The protagonist of the story represents and carries almost all the features women were expected to have at the late nineteenth century.

Also, the woman at that time didn’t have the same rights as men. A further evidence of this is when the woman doesn’t like her room and says “But John would not hear of it, she feels her husband won’t consider her opinion. Then, her husband is not the only one that does not let her write; John’s sister in law does not let her write too, she is hired as a housekeeper. Then, John does not take seriously what her wife says about the wallpaper, “He laughs at me so about this wallpaper”, he does not care what the narrator says.

Women at the late nineteenth century suffered from being underappreciated and did not have a voice in society. In the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” this can be clearly seen. Women were so utterly underappreciated that they did not have a voice in their own homes. The protagonist of the story is acting as a criticism to society through these acts.

Reaching the end of the story, the topics of what women were allowed to do is challenged. When the protagonist can finally express herself without repression, is when she is free “here I can creep smoothly on the floor”, in this quotation the use of the word “I” represents a lot, she can finally make her own decisions by herself. When she can finally be free, it is seen as a mad woman “I had to creep over him every time”, here the use of the “I” is also important but most importantly, what her state represents. She is like in trance, “moaning” and “creeping on the floor” like crazy people. The fact that this woman could finally express herself, talk by herself and make her own decisions was as crazy as her state. In the ending, the woman is finally able to break these conceptions and expectations for women. She is metonymically representing the repression and hatred women in the late nineteenth century felt, but did not express. If women at those times expressed they would be seen as crazy. This is what the story is trying to convey to the readers.

In conclusion, the narrator of the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” metonymically represents woman at those times because she cannot express herself and also cannot do what she wants to. Also, she does not have the same rights as John or any men, like it was expected at those times, so when she can finally have the same rights, she is shown as a crazy woman. The protagonist is finally breaking free from the oppressive society, as the women at the late nineteenth century would have liked to do.

To the evening star – Presentation

In our Literature class, our teacher, Ceci Lasa, asked us to complete an assignment. We had to get in groups and prepare an oral presentation about a poem she selected. My group, Luna Perez Muniz, Joaquin Venini, Gonzalo Vazquez Avila and I, had to analyze the poem “To the evening star” by William Blake.

Other groups also analyzed it, and their analysis contributed to the whole understanding of the poem. In my opinion, I think it was great idea since we analzyed it from different point of views and perspectives. I hope you enjoy our presentation!

PRESENTATION

 

Endocrine system

Today, in our biology class we learnt about the endocrine system. We had to do some activities and we did it in groups. I was with Cata Rela and Tomi Borda. Here is our work :)

  1. Hormones are chemical substances that help to regulate processes in the body.
  2. Glands that secrete hormones:

 

3. Effects of Adrenaline: Prepares body for action – ‘fight or flight’.

Adrenaline is the hormone secreted in ‘fight or flight’ situations. It’s secreted when you are frightened, excited or keyed up. Adrenaline effects could be: increased breathing, increased pulse rate, widened pupils, increased blood glucose concentration and increased pulse rate. These people are secreting adrenaline since they are in an exciting situation in which they have to act quickly.

What are the important places in your life?

In our Language class, we studied the difference between place and space. Here is a picture that my friens, Florencia Araya, shared. I find it very graphic and easy to understand.

place and space

Therefore, we were asked to get in pairs or groups of three, think of a place that we share and brainstorm some ideas that we could talk about to then create a piece of writing about it.

I worked with Florencia Araya and Gonzalo Vazquez Avila, and instead of discussing a place that we share, we decided to talk about our countryhouses, that, even though we haven’t been together to each other’s, we are all very fond of them.

 

If there is a perfect place on earth, for me, it would be my countryside. Located in the outskirts of the huge city of Buenos Aires, “La Ventura” has an enormous place in my heart. Every time I visit it, it is like a new adventure. I go there since I was born so it’s a very special place for me. I remember the first time I went horseback riding on my own (and not with my father). It was midday of a scorching hot summer day. I was utterly scared and my heart was beating faster and faster every second. My father and my brother were besides me, riding other horses. I held the reins strongly and started riding. It was something I had never felt before. I was in complete control and could go anywhere I wanted. The fresh air blowing on my face and the smell of freshly cut grass could be felt in an incredible way up there.

Another thing I enjoy at my countryside is rain. Rain isn’t so common there, but when it rains it’s like a party for my family, literally. My grandma starts singing and everybody is clapping because of the rain. It seems like we are a very strange family (indeed we are) but, everyone is happy because the crops will grow bigger. When it stops raining a delicious smell is left. It’s like a mixture of flowers, grass and water. It’s awesome.

 When the sun comes down and the moon rises, my cousins and I go outside the house. We visit the yard, all with jars in our hands, looking forward to finding fireflies. It’s a very funny activity and we compete with each other to be the person with more fireflies in their jars.

 When I talked about this experience with my friends, I found out that they all feel the same as regards their country sides. Talking with them about it made me feel and imagine their ideal places and I think it was a very interesting activity.