The Passion of God-by Bautista Buljevich and Gonzalo Irazusta

In class of Literature and language, with Pilar and Pato, we made in pairs our first poem. This is our poem:

The Church of Pilar is full of fire anywhere,

Its passion illuminates every little and

infinitive space of darkness

 

God is presented there,

pane is replaced by love.

It´s ornaments shine as fire although

some of them are quondam.

 

And every day when the bell rings,

moving such as strong as a whale,

passion is felt more than never

 

Hundreds of people visiting the Church

every year.

Hundreds of souls celebrating near to it.

Hundreds of hearts resurrect there.

Hundreds of times we say sorry to God there.

Hundreds of times God forgives us.

Hundreds of times we are loved by God.

 

Full analysis of paragraph 14 of “Sredni Vashtar”, by Saki

 

In the literature class, we have read a short story called “Sredni Vashtar” by Hector Hugh Munro(“Saki”), and we have analyzed it carefully together. Then, our teacher divided us into groups of four and asked each group to make a full analysis of one of the paragraphs of the story in every literary aspect possible. I worked with Matías Ripoll, Sol Santayana, Abril Terán Frías and Mora Lemos.

 

Sredni Vashtar – Paragraph 14

Bautista Buljevich, Matías Ripoll, Abril Terán Frías, Sol Santayana and Mora Lemos

 

Conradin shut his lips tight, but the Woman ransacked his bedroom till she found the carefully hidden key, and forthwith marched down to the shed to complete her discovery. It was a cold afternoon, and Conradin had been bidden to keep to the house. From the furthest window of the dining-room the door of the shed could just be seen beyond the corner of the shrubbery, and there Conradin stationed himself. He saw the Woman enter, and then he imagined her opening the door of the sacred hutch and peering down with her short-sighted eyes into the thick straw bed where his god lay hidden. Perhaps she would prod at the straw in her clumsy impatience. And Conradin fervently breathed his prayer for the last time. But he knew as he prayed that he did not believe. He knew that the Woman would come out presently with that pursed smile he loathed so well on her face, and that in an hour or two the gardener would carry away his wonderful god, a god no longer, but a simple brown ferret in a hutch. And he knew that the Woman, would triumph always as she triumphed now, and that he would grow ever more sickly under her pestering and domineering and superior wisdom, till one day nothing would matter much more with him, and the doctor would be proved right. And in the sting and misery of his defeat, he began to chant loudly and defiantly the hymn of his threatened idol:

                            Sredni Vashtar went forth,

His thoughts were red thoughts and his teeth were white.

His enemies called for peace, but he brought them death.

                            Sredni Vashtar the Beautiful.

 

In this paragraph, Mrs De Ropp finally finds the shed´s key, which would lead her to discover Conradin´s ferret. Meanwhile, Conradin, who was asked to stay inside the house, was in the corner of the dining-room, from where he could see the door of the shed. When the guardian finally entered, Conradin saw her and imagined the woman opening the door of the shed and seeing the bed made of straw where his god lay (Sredni Vashtar). She would push the sacred bed, due to her clumsy impatience. He was powerless and could do nothing, she was about to behead his god. So Conradin prayed the ferret one last time, asking for something he did not believe it would be possible to happen. He knew Mrs. De Ropp would come out of the shed, and after some hours the ferret, a divine creature for him, would have gone, as it happened with the hen. He knew that his only chance of escaping from the house’s voice and authority wouldn’t be there anymore. He knew that she would triumph again, and, therefore, he would continue growing and living under his guardian authority, until what the doctor had predicted would be real. But he mainly realized that this was his end, and Conradin, feeling misery of being the loser again, started repeating the hymn of his god.

The narrator in this paragraph is third person limited to Conradin. This means that we perceive the situation through Conradin’s point of view and feelings. The narrator focuses on Conradin. On the other hand, we are not able to see what happens to Mrs. De Ropp, not what she discovers inside the shed. Consequently, we are aligned with Conradin. We perceive the world and context through the main character’s senses. We can identify Conradin sees Mrs. De Ropp enter the shed, and how he feels towards her discovery. She comes out victorious because her objective was finally find out what kept Conradin busy, which is what happens. Moreover, this paragraph is the climax of the story. It is the moment of more tension which represents Conradin’s misery and loss again. In the paragraph Mrs De Ropp’s discovery is seen by Conradin as a great victory for her; “he knew that the Woman, would triumph always as she triumphed now”, we can see how, for the kid, the discovery of the hidden ferret represents her victory which, from his viewpoint, was his loss and misery.   He feels beaten, because the discovery of the guardian means the sell of the creature, which was really special to Conradin. The little boy knows she would find his ferret, ”and that in an hour or two the gardener would carry away his wonderful god…”, he believes his guardian discover would culminate with the sell of the animal, which makes him feel even worse. We can see all this through Conradin’s point of view.

In this paragraph, we can see through Conradin’s pain and suffering what happens in the climax, how he undergoes the terrible situation of seeing the always victorious and cousin of him, Mrs de Ropp, always get away with it and be constantly his authority.

Another literary device showed in the paragraph is oxymoron. This is showed in the end when the writer expresses “triumph” and “defeat”. This device shows how Conradin feels beaten and that Mrs de Ropp will take pleasure in his suffering and pain, as she would kill the god and continue being the authority of the house and Conradin a prisoner of this one.

The reason why it is in third person limited is because we need to see Conradin’s point of view and what he thinks, his imagination to realize who is the real authority and how is the tension created in the story. This paragraph shows it clearly, as the tension is built up in his mind, while he imagines a series of acts. For example, “He knew that the Woman would come out presently with that pursed smile he loathed so well on her face, and that in an hour or two the gardener would carry away his wonderful god”. This quote shows Conradin´s feelings and reaction to the situation(creating tension), which wouldn´t be seen if the point of view was 3rd person omniscient and not limited to his view of scenes.

In addition, in this paragraph, Conradi’s imagination is essential, as well as in all the story. In this part of the story, he imagines the horrible reaction that Mrs de Ropp would have when she would open the door and would see the bed made of straw where his god, Sredni Vashtar, laid. This story without Conrad’s imagination would not be the same, because as the point of View is limited to Conradin, we can perceive his feelings, and thoughts, which are very important in this tale.

Talking about the style used by the writer, we can see the author uses literary devices, as oxymoron, and expresses ideas and emotions through a complex and strong vocabulary. He uses a very descriptive style in this paragraph which helps readers imagine and understand the situation. Along all the story the writer uses a macabre style expressed and developed by the characters. In this paragraph, Conradin’s imagination and feelings are expressed in macabre style, because he imagined that Mrs de Ropp’s reaction was going to be a horrible one “Perhaps she would prod at the straw in her clumsy impatience”, here is a quotation from where we can realize what does Conradin thought when Mrs de Ropp opened the door. Conradin´s fantastic own world makes him believe and think Mrs De Ropp actions are only to bother him, as with the sell of the hen.  

In this paragraph we can see how the author led us to infer that the story would end with the victory of Mrs De Ropp. Conradin expresses his deep feelings of pain and misery which makes us think the guardian would achieve her objective. However, as we read the story we know Mrs. De Ropp is the loser.

In this paragraph we can see that Conradin felt defeated by his guardian again, he had been beaten. He thought that she would do the same as she did to the hen. It was the feeling of not winning, he felt that his guardian had passed over him. “He knew that the woman would come out presently with a pursed smile”, with the great feeling of being the winner. “The Woman would triumph always as she triumphed now”, as he also felt miserable because of knowing that the guardian had power over him, and he felt inferior.  The feeling that we could see the most in this paragraph is Conradin’s pain. He felt like this because the Woman discovered the shed, she entered there, she might see the ferret laid on the bed made of straw. The ferret was a very important thing in conradin’s life, because the ferret( sredni Vashtar) was his god, the one who conradin made offers and prayed to. With Sredni Vashtar he felt accompanied and also he felt that he had someone in his life.

A view from a Bridge-by Alvaro Ballsteros & Bautista Buljevich (in process)

In class of Literature, we are going to start reading the book, “A view from a Bridge”. Before starting reading it, we answerd these questions:

  1. Important facts about Arthur Miller.
  • He was born in times of World War 1, on October 17th in the year 1915.
  • He was American.
  • His father was born in Austro-Hungary and his mother was a native of New York.
  • He was married to Marilyn Monroe.
  • He was a wealthy writer.
  • He died on February 10th in the year 2005 at the age of 89.
  • He had a very good idea of what being an immigrant was.
  • He was accused to be a communist. In that time being a communist in the USA was as if you had committed a crime. Therefore, he was not accepted in the USA society, in 1950.

 

     2)  When was the book written?

The book “A view from the Bridge” was written in 1955.

 

     3) Find out information about Italian Immigration to the USA after The

Italian Immigration to the USA after WW2 occurred because Italy was in war and America had a very good economy. Therefore, 700,000 Italians immigrated to the USA. In addition, they went to the USA because Mussolini died and Italy entered into an economic depression. The country with the best economic position was United States.

Essay in pairs

In class of literature, we made an essay in pairs;

Essay writing by Bautista Buljevich, Gonzalo Irazusta & Juan Elia

Essay question: Comment closely on how the protagonist of “ The Prison “ can not escape his destiny.

          In the story “The Prison”, the protagonist, called Tommy, had a prison in his mind. In this essay we will comment closely on how he couldn’t escape his destiny.

          Tommy was someone who had never taken his owns decisions. Instead other people, for example, Rosa took his own decisions. An example can be “Rosa changed Tony into Tommy” with this quotation, the personna wanted to show that he couldn’t take his own decisions. Rosa had changed Tony’s name to Tommy, without asking Tony if he agreed. Poor Tony couldn’t decide even his name!  His life didn’t have sense,, an example in when he met that little girl. He wanted to catch the girl and that was his only objective in life. “But he was worried he would not know what to say to her” He thought that the girl will end like him, a loser. But she didn’t and Tony was obsessed with that and he was wrong.

           Tony, as we have already said, had never taken a decision. Therefore, when he had to take it, he couldn’t. Moreover, the poem said that he was 29, and when you’re 29, you must be mature, but he had not mature at all. The theory of determinism, in this story, can be identified with Tony, on account that he couldn’t take his own decisions because he couldn’t act upon thoughts. He was always doubting about if what he thought was right. In addition, he was locked in his past, he couldn’t forget what he had done wrong before. He considered that destiny was written, and it is demonstrated when he beats off to Texas, to avoid marrying Rosa, he came back and marries her anyway. All in all, he couldn’t control his actions and thoughts in his own life. 

     He thought that his destiny was going to be the boring as well as now, but a little girl changed his destiny and open his mind.

Song by Lady Mary Wroth

In class of literature, our teacher, Pato, told us that we had to answer these questions about the poem “Song” by Lady Mary Wroth with this information;

Slide Share;

Video;

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1tbRWAGuoI

 

Questions;

1-Who is the voice?

2-Write a summary for each stanza.

3-What is the theme? And the tone?

4-Find at least 3 literary devices and explain them.

5-In your opinion, which is the most powerful line?

6-Do you agree with the speaker? Give reasons.

And now, I´m going to answer these question:

1-

The voice of the poem is a woman who warned you how men can treat you and love you.

2-

1ST STANZA: In the first stanza, the personna says that love is personified as a child,  and it says that they are always ungrateful.

2ND STANZA: In the4 sencond stanza, the personna says that you can´t trust the person you love, because he will break his promises.

3RD STANZA: In the third stanza, the voice says that love is empty. Moreover, it says that when you are in love, you can´t trust the person you love, because love leaves you forsaken.

4RD STANZA: In the fourth stanza, the personna says that men will take pleasures of your pain. In addition, it says that the benefits of love are minimum.

5TH STANZA: In the fith stanza, the speaker compared men with wolves due to the men´s ferocity. In addition, and finally, in the last line of the poem, the speaker recomends you to “leave love alone just as you would leave an argumentative child alone.

3-

THEMES: There are two themes in this poem:

-Love betwwen men and woman.

-Men actions.

TONES: warning and confident.

4-

These are the literary devices I found in the poem;

  • Personification: “love a child”. This personification shows how love can be ungrateful (it´s in stanza 1, line 1).
  • Metaphor: “wolves no fiercer in their praying”. This quote shows that love does not remain in one place (it´s in stanza 5, line 2).
  • Smile: “nor seek him so given to fly “. In this quotation, the personna is trying to show that you should leave love alone, in the same way you should leave an argumentative child alone.

5-

In my opinion, the most powerful line is in the stanza 1, “never satisfied with having”. Because, this stranza is trying to show that child has an insatiable desire; the more love he gets, the more he wants.

6-

No, I do not agree with the voice at all. This is because the personna thinks that love is something made to suffer, but I do not think so. Moreover, because the speaker thinks that love breaks all promises, that love take pleasure with your pain, that love can be something horrible, etc, but as I have already said, I do not think so. To conclude, I think that love can hurt you, but it can also make you very happy.

Rite of Passage

RITE OF PASSAGE; In the class of literature, with Pato, we made this:

 

Games at twilight:

  1. Ravi wants many things, like for example winning the game, defeating Raghu and to be as the older boys.

 

  1. Ravi, in the story, “Games at Twilight”, wanted to show that he was mature everytime. As when he decided to stay in the shed, although he was scared, just only to show that he was mature. So he wanted to show that he can win the game, showing maturity.

 

  1. Ravi just only wanted to win the game, to show that he was mature, and he was minded to suffer if he got it. The obstacle he had to deal was to stay in the shed, that was dark, full of spider web, as well as things forgotten.

 

  1. In the story “Games at Twilight”, Ravi, the protagonist, did not resolve the problem in a mature way, because, at the end, he start crying, so he couldn’t complete his Rite of Passage.

 

  1. In the story, “Games at Twilight”, Ravi, the protagonist, couldn’t complete, again, the Rite of Passage.  Because he has never said sorry to anyone.  

 

The Prison

  1. In the story, “The Prison”, Tommy´s unreachable thing, was to help the girl, making that she didn’t end as him.
  2. Tommy trespassing the law when he hitted Rosa.
  3. The dare of tommy was to save the girl, he really thought that to save the girl was the purpose of his life.

4- No hay ningún elemento cuatro porque no confesaba con madurez . Se golpeó Rosa lika un inmaduro .

5- No hay ningún elemento cinco porque no entendía que la chica es sólo una niña y no un ladrón y él es el que necesita ayuda.

Conclusión : No maduro ni Comple el rito de paso .

 

Games at twilight:

-Specular moment: Here Ravi watch that he would end like Manu, that was caught.

-Foreshadowing: Here Ravi wacht what would happen if he wanted to run faster that Raghu, he will end catch.

Epiphany: Here Ravi, in the end realized that he isn’t so much important to everyone, and that he had to mature.

 

The Prison:

  • Specular moment: Here Tommy realized that if he didn´t make nothing, the girl would finish as him, with a miserable life.
  • Foreshadowing: “Then he remembered how he had felt when the dome is gone, and tears filled his eyes .” The moment of foreshadowing in prison happens when Tommy starts to think about your uncle and your relationship with him and this then affects your decision about how to talk to the girl.
  • The epiphany:   The epiphanic moment in Prison That happens When Tommy réalisés His mind was a prison . I Could not get out of it and take His own decisions . I did not Have faith nor the security to do it . A great quotation Which explains it is this one: “You Could never see the sky or the ocean outside Because you were in a prison , except nobody called it to prison” .

Analysis of “Games at Twilight”- By Anita Desai.

During the literature class we have read two pages of the story “Games at  Twilight” and we have searched for information about the author, Anita Desai. After that we have made an analysis of what we have read, about the author and about the meaning of twilight. Here I leave you the slideshare that we made in class.;

This Is my essay about the poem “Passion”

I made this essay with Maestro Malek and with Gonzalo Irazusta

Explore how the writer of “Passion” uses nature to express how she feels about love

Kathleen Raine talks about love using personification of a major force, in this case nature. This will be discussed in the following essay.

First of all, we will talk about how Kathleen Raine uses personification of nature, to show what she felt about love. In the first three stanzas we can see how the voice is obsessed in the search of love, she loves someone who doesn’t love her back, so that desperates her[a]; “Waiting for the longed-for voice to speak”, that means that she is waiting for a call from his love, although she knows that it will never arrive.

After that, the voice realizes that she had been loved since she was born, by something stronger than a man’s love, a major force that would stay with her for the whole eternity; nature. After she discovers this, everything changes for her, her way of living, what gave her intranquility, now gave her peace, what was an obsession, turned to be her point of relax; “Then I saw every visible substance turn into immortal” “And all is light, love and eternity” this means that now everything is clear for her, now she is truly loved for the eternity by a force that will never abandon her.

To sum up, Kathleen Raine uses nature to express what she feels about love by the personification of it.