The Hollow of the Three Hills

When I read this story, a lots of gotic thoughts came to my mind. The use of gotic elements reminds me the movie, “ The Beauty and The Beast”. The plot it is not the same, but what they have similar is that, the castle is very gotic and frightening. One of the protagonist is a girl, and there is a witch. This three things are very similar, and it is ironic because in the story the number three is very important.

The castle:

The Beauty:

The witch:

Publicado en 4AC2018, e-portfolio, ingles, inicio, literature | 1 comentario

Lady in the looking glass

We read the story called “The Lady in the looking-glass”, written by Virginia Woolf. This is a story of a woman that seems to be perfect and to have a beautiful life. However, inside her house there is a mirror that shor Isabella’s personality. Through its reflection, we are able to see how she really is. When I read this story, a famous movie come to my mind, Nottin Hill.

In this movie, the film begins with a simple boy, who meets a famous actris, in which she is reserved, but falls in love with the simple boy. Through out the story the actris could show her real identity, could act free with this guy. The actris always has to show herself perfect and all the people think that. So the guy in the movie will be the mirrow in the story because led the girl see herself.

 


Publicado en 4AC2018, e-portfolio, ingles, inicio, literature | 1 comentario

The Destructors

The Destructors is a story, which is set up in London, in a atmosphere of postwar. A group of children who had suffered a lot in war, tried to forget what they had passed by. There is a famous movie, called “Peter Pan 2” which had similar ideas with the story.

In “Peter Pan 2” one of the protagonist, with her two brother were suffering War World 2, and her mother try to protect them. When, one night they went to never land, with the helps of Peter Pan.  The children are help to forget the situation of war, and went to a place of happiness and fun. In never land they joined a gang of children, who always were on mischief and were free.

In the destructors, the gang tried to break the law in another way, in which children that suffered from the same war could feel free, so they could forget all that years where they suffered a lot and of being afraid of the death that was always around them.

 

Publicado en 4AC2018, e-portfolio, ingles, inicio, literature | Deja un comentario

Ode on Melancholy

I compared this poem, with the movie “Coco”. The general idea of the poem is that sadness is to be found not in the ugly and painful things of life, but in the beauty and pleasures of the world. Logically then true happiness would also be found in contemplating the ugly and the painful things. He finds both problem and remedy in the same object. The remedy for melancholy for common people would be something that makes them unconscious of sadness and pain. To experience true melancholy then one must rather stimulate all senses. So purifying the senses is not a way to experience melancholy. A More acute senses and more consciousness can only make us experience true melancholy and tragedies of life. True melancholy is inseparable from consciousness and contemplation of beautiful things and the experience of joy and pleasure.

The movie, “Coco”, The topic that Coco deals with is very sensitive, especially for a children’s audience. But Disney has managed to make a production where melancholy and even a little comedy play a very important role for the character. The goal of Coco is to return to the world of the living, and for that he must avoid the dangerous world in which he finds himself.

Publicado en 4AC2018, e-portfolio, ingles, inicio, literature | 1 comentario

Rooms and Home is so sad

I compared this two poems in the following essay!

 

The poem “Rooms” by Charlotte Mew and “Home is So Sad” by Philip Larkin both talk about the place named as rooms, and both deal with the double meaning of rooms. In the following essay I will analyse each poem.

 

To start with, Rooms is an interesting title for such a poetic peace, due to its simple meaning; a part or division of a building enclosed by walls, floor, and ceiling. But the literal meaning is not what gives the poem sense, the figurative meaning is what makes this title worth it. Mew materializes romantic relationships and separate them into rooms, reflecting about how each relationship affected her on her life. When she visits different old rooms (previous relationships) with melancholy, she ends up remembering why they ended. However, she finally tells us about the room she decided to never end up with, which is filled with memories of passion, but has much more than that. To indeed, Each rooms describes a moment in her life. A relationship that ended. A trip or a disease. Every now and then, she goes back to those rooms that are in her head and remembers what it felt like to be in love, or sick. She has rooms from Paris and Geneva. Rooms in the beach, or rooms for when she was sick. There is one room where she and her lover died, where their relationship ended, and they both lay dead now. Also, Rooms are described in a strange way, but also in a sorrowful way. I think this because, words such as “ill” “damp” or “death” are used for this description, as well as words as “good” or “morning”, what combines both happiness with sadness and life with death.

 

Secondly, Larkin in his Poem, “Home is so sad” begins with the blunt statement that “Home is so sad”, thus mirroring the title. This sadness can not only be related to the fact that there is currently no one in the house but also that homes can be disappointing and don’t live up to expectations. The “Home” itself has stayed loyal to its owners, with it still being”shaped to the comfort of the last to go” and trying to “win” the owners “back”. It is unclear where exactly the owners have gone but it seems likely that they are away on holiday if they have left their belongings behind. The “Home” has an emotional response to these people and is trying to prove its worth but with each passing day, the house “withers” and breaks down without any human warmth. The register of loss progresses throughout the first stanza from “left” to “bereft” to “theft”, each one a progressively greater violation (abandonment, bereavement, crime). The owners have been physically snatched away and the reader themselves feels the emotive loss of the house.

 

In conclusion, the poem “Rooms” by Charlotte Mew and “Home is So Sad” by Philip Larkin both talk about the place named as rooms, and both deal with the double meaning of rooms.

Publicado en 4AC2018, e-portfolio, ingles, inicio, literature | Deja un comentario

Dulce Et Decorum

In Dulce et Decorum Owen ends the poem with a damning criticism of war and those who support it. He makes it clear that anyone who knew the truth of war could not view it as was was an act of heroic patriotism. He employs an ironic tone here to create an anti-war feeling.

When I read this poem, I could not stop constantly thinking in the movie “WAR HORSE”. When I saw that movie I could see what all the people feelings during war. In this movie, a men of my year (Albert 17) is taken his horse  that has raised him since he was a foal. He was very sad, I think that they show how sad Albert was as fiction if some important familiar went to war. The movie shows all what the horse has to faced during war. So, Owen in his poem show what I see and feel when I saw the movie.

 

 

Publicado en 4AC2018, e-portfolio, ingles, inicio, literature | 1 comentario

War poetry

Write an essay. Compare and contrast 2 of the poems you have worked on. Comment closely on the themes, tones and how the writers convey their message.

 

Both poems are totally different. Rupert Brooke (“The dead”) and Sir Walter Scott (“Soldier, rest!”) present different points of view.

 

In the following poem, Soldier rest, Scott paints an attractive picture of death to the weary and battered soldier/hunter. Death is presented as a restful sleep where all the stresses and strains of martial life drift off to nothingness. The main characters of the poem, the soldier, are made to obey orders as the title says “Soldier, rest!” which take them to death, give up, war is over, so their lives. In this poem, death isn’t represented as being something to fear as it frees the soldier’s mind of fighting and danger that are presumed to dominate his life.

On the other hand, The Dead, by Rupert Brooke is a part of his war sonnets that focuses on the positive aspects of the war and tries to show to the public the benefits and therewards a soldiers gets from taking part in the war and pride in dying for one’s country. In the first stanza of this sonnet, he describes the life and routine of the common man and talks of all the things soldiers did before the war and later on he tell the reader that all this is no more and that the times have changed. Also at the end of the poem he talks about the glory and immortality one gains by dying on the battlefield. The writer creates a stark contrast between the two verses in the poem, onesignifying living and the other the dead. The play oncolours, weather and the times of day adds to the setting through sunrise and sunset, and earthy colours to give a feeling of warmth and a positive effect and also in the dark night and frosty climate which refers to all the sorrow and the creates a negative atmosphere.

 

In conclusion, both poems mention war as part of humanity though both them treat them in a totally different manner.

When Pat told as to write an essay conparing two war poetries, I choose this two because both ae complete different.  So what catch my attention was the both told a complete different ways of war.  Soldier rest show dead and all the suffering of war, an Th Dead, all the positive aspects of the war and tries to show to the public the benefits and therewards a soldiers gets from taking part in the war and pride in dying for one’s country. I totally agree with both views and that what people nowadays must now and think about war.

Publicado en 4AC2018, e-portfolio, ingles, inicio, literature | Deja un comentario

The Destructors

Idid it with Gonzalo Criniti  and Benjamín Mayol

The Destructors – Rite Of Passage

 

  1. An Object Of Desire: T. wanted to be the leader of the Wormsley Common gang. He wanted protagonism.
  2. Trespassing: breaking into the the house, defying the law, the authority, Blackie’s orders.
  3. Dare / Challenge: destroying the house with his smart plan.
  4. .The mischief: they didn’t realize that what they were doing was wrong. “You got to admit it’s funny.”
  5. Atonement: there is no regret or confession. “It was my house, my house”.

 

Find quotes to prove the following themes:

  • the individual affected by the social crisis: “a former architect and present clerk”
  • the aftermath of the war (how destruction leads to more destruction): “destruction after all is a form of creation”
  • the evil nature of man: “We’ll pull it down.  We’ll destroy it”
  • loss of compassion (as a result of war): “i’m sorry. I can’t help it, Mr Thomas. There’s nothing personal, but you got to admit it’s funny”
  • class struggle: “we’ll burn them”
  • destruction for the sake of destruction: “who cares? It’s only Old Misery’s”

 

Symbols

    • Mr Thomas’ house: it symbolises the remaining hope in the hearts of those who knew about the home after the war. If the wooden house could stand after a blitz, than there’s hope for more.
    • Mr Thomas and the children: each represent a different generation, pre-war and post-war. Mr Thomas is hopeful and can trust the kids while the children can’t trust no one. This is an effect of war upon many, especially younglings.

 

  • Old Misery: the children projected misery in Mr Thomas, someone who wasn’t miserable at all and was trying to help the kids.

 

  • The Debris of the House: the impact and destruction of London, the Blitz.
  • Money Burning: shows how money destroys society, the ones who don’t have much want the see the fortunate ones lose what they have.
  • The Laughter of the Driver: this showed the lack of compassion people had, the destroyed society after war.

 

 

 

Comprehension questions

(2/5)

For us, the central theme of the story is humans’ true nature. To start with, the story is set in blitzed London, just after the Second World War. First, the obvious reasons for war were and will always be: the repetitions of mistakes, which the man will never learn about them and will always keep repeating them, and the disagreements between the powerful men in the world.

So after the war, a huge consequence, apart from the fact that every city and nation destroyed, is how the man shows it’s true colors, or true nature: everyone is mistrustful about the other ones, every piece of happiness or solidarity is fake, and if someone is “a good person”, he or she is lying. This is present when Mr Thomas offers chocolate to the kids, nothing out of the normal. The kids every day play outside his house, so he thought of giving them something. But the kids were very suspicious and didn’t accept it. They even thought he was trying to bribe them because they always kick the ball against his wall. Instead of accepting the chocolate, they decided to go and kick the wall against the wall again. ‘ He said glumly, “You belong to the lot that play in the car-park?”Mike was about to answer when Blackie stopped him. As the leader he had responsibilities. “Suppose we are?” he said ambiguously. “I got some chocolates,” Mr. Thomas said. […] “Bet someone dropped them and he picked ’em up” […] “We’ll show him we don’t take bribes,” Blackie said, and they sacrificed the whole morning to the game of bouncing.

In conclusion, the central theme of the story is humans’ true nature,. which is shown as a consequence of war.

 

  1. Modern American gangs and other gangs, such as the Wormsley Common Gang, have something in common and it is that they´re formed by young delinquents. The ages of children joining a gang in the US drops by the decade, ranging between 8 and 13 years old. Moreover, children who belonged to these gangs in the US, commit small crimes such as intimidating people or robbing 24/7 shops. Also, youth gangs are prevalent in schools. Another characteristic is the use of colloquial english, otherwise known as slang, pointing out words such as “dude” or “homie”, “bruv” and “man´s” in English slang (man´s stands for “man is”. speaking in third person) and in “The Destructors” phrases like “pinched ‘em”, which means to mug. However, what they do not have in common with the story is the buying and selling of drugs in schools or carrying sharp knives in their pockets. A way of communication between gangs is by graffitis, which are painted shapes, words and symbols seen on mostly any public surface a gangster could reach.

 

8) Finally, T. reaches his goal. As T. reaches his goal, Old Misery stays locked in the loo throughout the night and gets out when the damage has been done. In the morning, a man came to get his cab from the car-park in front of Old Misery’s house, and began to drive away innocently, without knowing what would happen next. The car came to a jolting as if being pulled from behind or towing something. The house falls apart, resulting into debris and rubble everywhere.

 

10) The destruction of Old Misery’s house by the boys seem more senseless than the destruction brought about by the war that had destroyed London because the irony in “The Destructors” is the opposite of what we expect. We see destruction as a way of life for the Wormsley gang and we gain a sense that this level of destruction must have happened for a reason. However, it is the opposite of what we expect as we learn that destruction is senseless.

 

11) The philosophy of nihilism is the viewpoint that suggests the denial or lack of belief towards the reputedly meaningful aspects of life. This viewpoint can be seen represented in actions of the Wormsley Common Gang because of their mentality towards the things that happen during their life. To begin with, when Old Misery gave the kids candy, instead of accepting it, they believed that Old Misery was trying to harm them. This can be considered nihilism because the kids were in denial that Old Misery was doing something rise for them.

Publicado en 4AC2018, ingles, inicio, literature | Deja un comentario

Dulce Et Decorum Est ….and other war poems

With Pat we worked on differents war poems here it is my analysis of them. I worked with Felipe Vidal.

 

Dulce Et Decorum

Fists Stanza:

 

1-What is the main emotion expressed in the first stanza (verse)?

The main emotion is depressed, this is caused by the use of power visual images of pain.

 

2-Write an example of a simile used in the first stanza:
“like old beggars under sacks”, this simile undermines stereotypes images of soldiers as young and fit. Suggest they are filthy and weak.

 

3-Why were the shells ‘disappointed’?
The shells were ‘disappointed’ because, Owen develops his description of the soldiers poor physical condition by conveying how they are so exhausted, they are unaware and they are under attack.

 

Second Stanza:

1-How does the emotion change at the beginning of the second stanza?

The emotion of the main character passed from being depressed to being stressed by the turn of events.

 

2-What were the soldiers ‘fumbling’ for and why?

An ecstasy of fumbling – ecstasy is used here in the sense of a trance-like frenzy as the men hurriedly put on their helmets, nothing to do with happiness.

 

3-Owen uses a metaphor to describe what the gas looked like. Write it here:
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning” An extended metaphor describes the man choking to death, unable to breathe, he falls about, this was caused by the gas. Owen describes having flashbacks to the death of his comrade highlighting how the impact of war lasts over many years and across generations.

 

Third Stanza:

Why do you think the third stanza is only two lines long? Think about the dramatic effect and the emotion:
In the third stanza, the author only uses two lines because it only explains the personal effect on the speaker. This indicates a shift in time as the narrator relates how many years after the war he still recalls this traumatic event. This emphasized how the impact of war is felt for many years, and many generations. By the words he used he conveyed a sense of guilt that he can do nothing to help his friend.

 

Fourth Stanza:

1-What is the main emotion expressed in the fourth stanza?

In the final stanza, the main emotion is angry.

 

2-Name three parts of the body that are affected by this sort of gas:

The skin, the eye and the bronchial tubes.

 

3-Explain the final lines.

Owen ends the poem with a damning criticism of war and those who support it. He makes it clear that anyone who knew the truth of war could not view it as was was an act of heroic patriotism. He employs an ironic tone here to create an anti-war feeling.

 

Extension Question:

Write your opinion of this poem. Think about what the emotion expressed, use of powerful words, use of similes and metaphors, layout, and what the poet is trying to say. Try to use full sentences and give reasons to support your ideas.

 

I liked this poem really much because I find it very original and talks about themes that I like like the WWI.

From the start of this poem you are immersed in the atmosphere of war. These are the trenches of WWI, full of mud and death. Once optimistic, healthy soldiers have now been reduced to a miserable, exhausted gang who have little left to give. It’s a shocking environment into which the reader is taken oppressive, dangerous and without any real hope. The poet wants the reader to know that warfare is anything but glorious so paints a gloomy, realistic, human picture of life at the frontline. He leaves us in no doubt about his feelings.

The Death Bed

 

This poem as practically every poem of Siegfried Sassoon, was written during the second world war in which Siegfried fought to overcome the german army. Siegfried fought along with another famous writer in Wilfred Owen.

The poem begins by describing a young soldier in an hospital bed moving in and out of consciousness. Though he is in hospital, the soldier constantly reminds his ordeal in the trenches. Sasoon uses the extended metaphor to explain how the soldier is on the border between life and death, his existence is being gradually “washed away”.  The poem is intended to portray the aftermath of the war for the readers. The speaker describes the man’s suffering as he swallowed, unresisting. In fact the poem seems to prove the fact that death might well be the peaceful end that soldiers look forwards to after months of suffering. After all, it takes away the pain and brings calm, silence and safety.

Themes: Death, Annoyance

Tone: Downhearted, feeling defeated, crestfallen

The repetition of death is presented all throughout the poem. Soldiers need to rest meaning its time for them to rest in peace living all the struggle they passed through away.

 

Soldier Rest

 

Soldier rest, Scott paints an attractive picture of death to the weary and battered soldier/hunter. Death is presented as a restful sleep where all the stresses and strains of martial life drift off to nothingness. The main characters of the poem, the soldier, are made to obey orders as the title says “Soldier, rest!” which take them to death, give up, war is over, so their lives. In this poem, death isn’t represented as being something to fear as it frees the soldier’s mind of fighting and danger that are presumed to dominate his life.

 

Theme:    

  • criticism of war
  • struggle of life
  • battle of life & death
  • afterlife
  • meaning of life

 

Tone:

  • Key Diction
  • reflective
  • dreamy
  • calm
  • reassuring

 

LIFE is depicted as a constant battle and a struggle while DEATH is conveyed as when one can finally rest.

Task 3:

 

The poet as a hero

 

As another poem from Siegfried Sassoon, it was made during the first world war(1916). This poem as many other poems from Siegfried talks about war but not in the same way as this one. This one is about an English knight that fought in defence of King Arthur at that time. In that war, the knight experienced the suffering and the tragic consequences the war gives you, such as the loss of many friends. Now, it says that the knight scorns and resent war.

 

Narrator: 1st person

Tone: Angry, regretful and remorseful

Themes: War, the loss of persons we care and the anger and regret over an illusion

 

The dead

 

“The dead” written by Rupert Brooke shows war as an honorable act and experience highlighting the positive aspects of war. At first he tackles with the daily routine of men before going to war, they are loved, they feel happiness, etc. He creates a warm atmosphere shared with the colours and times of the day, the weather. However, suddenly all this comes to an end when they become soldiers and have to face death. He also indicates, in the line ‘washed…to mirth’, that yet this life was not perfect and that they too have their share of problems and unhappiness, but still they do not hesitate to laugh it off as being part and parcel of life. When it says “dawn is their” it represents that their time to shine has come and that they appreciated the little things in life like: friendship, love, happiness.

 

Publicado en 4AC2018, ingles, inicio, literature | Deja un comentario

Presentacion de Historia

Aca les dejo mi presentacion, yo hable sobre Inglaterra.

Inglaterra

Publicado en 4AC2018, castellano, historia, inicio | Deja un comentario