After reading the story Billenium Pato asked us to answer some questions in group about the story.
This is our work;
After learning how to write a description, and writing one in pairs we used our piece of writing to make a poem. I worked in both tasks with Anouk de Laferrere.
This is our work;
MUSEO NACIONAL DE BELLAS ARTES
Near the heart of Recoleta, Buenos Aires, it is found the emblem of the national museums’ system of the National Ministry of Culture, the Museo Nacional Bellas Artes. It was founded in 1895 due to a decree of President José Evaristo Uriburu, but is nowadays directed by Andrés Duprat. Its extraordinary artistic heritage, which makes it the largest public collection in Latin America, is one of the characteristics that make this museum unique.
The antique building where the museum is actually located was built in 1870, with the original purpose of being a drainage pumping station. However, in 1933 the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes was transferred into this building. The well known architect Alejandro Bustillo was in charge of adapting the place for its current use. Eventually, the building constantly is submitted to remodelations, but it still preserves its vintage style.
Strolling along the 24 exhibition halls that the ground floor offers, visitors can appreciate the most important Latin American collection of impressionism and post-impressionism, by painters such as Manet and Van Gogh. The first floor is devoted to the art of the 20th century, mostly to Argentinean and Latin American art. Its exhibition rooms present paintings of masters from the beginning of the century such as Picasso and Xul Solar.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is also characterized by its top-level staff. Its excellency and professionalism is combined with the passion and the thrust with which workers perform their different tasks. The National museum belongs to the community, and therefore, admission is free. This allows more people to visit the museum and live a singular experience as well as it benefits those who feel allured by art and enjoy visiting the museum frequently.
All in all, the Museo Nacional Bellas Artes provides fascinating expositions to satisfy the extended public that it receives everyday. It does not only appreciate the local and Latin American art, but also Modern European art, including of course the alternative exhibitions that stay temporarily within the museums walls. So take a ride to the museum where you will find great artworks and the best treatment will be at your disposal.
Poem “Where art lives”
Near the core,
the flow of burgeoning dwellers
beholds an emblem of artistic heritage.
walls used to conceal
the hollow pumping of drainage,
Like the lub-dub of a heart.
But now filled,
embracing the modern art
of the once colonizers,
and the once colonized.
Alluring beauty of art
maintained with passion and thrust,
Shall reflect awe,
and impression in your view.
In Literature class we continued working on the poem Lion Heart by Amanda Chong. In groups, we had to analyse the text following two videos and a presentation its and later create a poster including certain information. I worked with Trinidad Porretti and Anouk de Laferrere.
This is our poster:
In our opinion, this is a great poem that shows the huge importance of one’s nation. It accurately portrays what patriotism is like. The recurrent use of imagery allowed us to vividly picture the situations given throughout the poem. However, at times the use of complex vocabulary can be confusing. It’s a good example to show that your roots and origin will stay with you forever and will never abandon you, as they are big part of your identity. Moreover, it conveys the idea that there are many more significant aspects of a country than just the land. The people, culture, customs, achievements and the development of a country characterize it in a unique way that make it different from other countries.
This is the essay about the poem Tiger in the Menagerie we read in class.
Essay question: Explore how the author conveys mixed feelings about the tiger.
In the poem, Tiger in the Menagerie, Emma Jones conveys mixed feelings about a tiger by describing its deadly beauty. The author reinforces this idea throughout the text by exploring and contrasting its appearance with reality. I will explore, on the one hand, the two colours portrayed in the poem that contribute to the understanding , and on the other hand, the excess of the animal represented and explored by the author.
On the one hand, the writer, uses the colours blue and orange to explore the sublime of the tiger, as the animal is presented as bright and beautiful, but its dark side may be revealed by attacking. The colour orange is portrayed in the poem symbolising the warmth, perfection and brightness of the beast. However, the authority of the animal is also represented, by the colour blue. The tiger being “Too blue” shows a negative excess of wildness and danger. As the creature is the authority it is always watching, surveilling and controlling. The beast represents the concept of deadly beauty as an extended oxymoron throughout the poem, which is expressed by the contrast of the two colours.
On the other hand, Tiger in the Menagerie portrays and repeats the word “too” throughout the poem to reinforce the idea of an excess of the animal. The writer comments on a contrast between reality and appearance saying the animal is “too much like the painting of a tiger”. Throughout this simile, the author explores the uncanny of the tiger, as it seems perfect and bright but it is dangerous and can attack without control due to its instinct of wildness. The creature’s too much beauty make us approach without realising it is wild. Nature is extremely dangerous and tricky, it’s excess represents a negative aspect which is portrayed by the anaphora “too”.
In conclusion, the author of the poem explores mixed feelings about the animal by comparing the colours and excesses of the animal described in the text. The writer analyzes the concept of deadly beauty by extending this oxymoron all throughout the poem. In Tiger in the Menagerie it is perfectly developed this idea by twisting from the description of the wildness to the perfection of the animal.
After reading and analyzing Sredni Vashtar, Dani assigned us a group work which consisted in analyzing one specific Paragraph. Our group worked on Paragraph 14.
Here is our work;
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 by a macabre style. He imagined that Mrs de Ropp’s reaction was going to be horrible; “Perhaps she would prod at the straw in her clumsy impatience”, here is a quotation from where we can realize what 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.
In literature class, after reading “Tyres”, by Alan Thorpe, we answered in groups some questions about the story.
3) The first time Raoul saw Cécile he fell in love with her, he would stare at her every time she passed by on her silver bicycle on the evening and morning. When he met her, and actually exchange a few words, they were both very shy. Every time he saw her, he blushed. After that they met again, in the market, she glanced and smiled at him, and said bonjour. He was so shy that he didn’t reply anything, he just stayed there, “They are like that: the muscles of my face have a will of their own, at times.” Two years went by, and he finally reached the sufficient maturity to wave at her when she passed by and “shout some innocuous greetings (I mean, more than bonjour or bonsoir)”. After three years since he met her, “the final ‘breakthrough’ came when, pedalling towards me at the time I just ‘happened’ to be wiping my hands on a rag at the edge of the road”, a military vehicle was behind her at a considerable speed, and he waved his hand and shouted at her to keep well in. She showed gratitude to him, and he replied with a “clownish shrug” which made her laugh. That evening she went to his shop and thanked him, and he said “That’s all right”. “We couldn’t think for anything else to say, but it didn’t matter”, this shows that it was enough for Raoul with her presence. “What is there to say to someone you have known as a reliable face and form for three years, but with whom you have never exchanged more than a greeting?…Someone who, if suddenly no longer there, can leave a hole in your heart, and a feeling of doom until the moment he or she reappears.”, this quote expresses how madly in love Raoul was with Cécile, that she was the reason of his happiness and also of his sadness(she was so important for him that when she was no longer there he was miserable. Ever since he met her, his life was extraordinary for the romance he had.
4) This quote reflects his feeling at the end of the story, because when she died, and never reappeared, his life was miserable, there was a hole in his heart that never was covered. His life was doomed, he never married nor had kids, he was hopeless and lonely. And this was caused by her, because she was no longer there. He never could get over her, “I leave fresh flowers every year, on the anniversary”. His life changed to being ordinary again. She was the ‘someone’ who could cause this pain to him. This quote foreshadows and reflects his feelings and life at the end of the story.
5 p401 How involved in the Resistance does Raoul think that the young girl and his father are? What does the threat: “Try a nail or two” imply about the father?
On the one hand we know that Raoul definitely knew that the girl was involved in the resistance, and that’s why he sabotaged the german car because he loved the girl so much that he would do anything for her, even take the risk that the German discover what he had done and the family business would be ended. And on the other hand, we have Raoul’s father. Raoul thought that the position of his father was neutral because he repared Germans cars but also Maquis, this shows that he didn’t have a position, he only repaired cars from both sides to maintain the business. The quote “ try a nail or two” means this: Raoul’s father fixed the Germans cars to maintain his business because he wanted that in the future the tyre shop would be of his son. The Maquis knew this so they thought that maybe he could sabotage on of the Germans vehicles. When a Maqui told Raoul “try a nail or two” he meant that they had to sabotage the Germans cars because if not they would think they are on the Germans side.
6) Raoul wants to make her stop and bring her closer to him, so he woke up early, so that he would be certain not to miss when she passed by. The morning encounter had an advantage, his father did paperwork in his office, which had curtains that didn’t let him see across the yard, until nine. He saw that there was no one in the road and the girl was approaching, so he stepped in the middle of the road with a bucket full of stones and earth and started to “pour it into the pot-hole, the subject of our counter exchange”, he put the stones all across the road. When she passed by she stopped and said that he had no right to do that and that he will be arrested. His father discovered he was in love and said “ “Wipe that bloody stupid grin off your face”…”Or I’ll think you’re up to something” “. Raoul though that his father might have felt cornered in some way, but if he didn’t like what was happening, he would say so.
He is against that the Jews were killed because most of his clients were Jews so when the Germans killed them, he has less clients. The feelings about religion that Andre’s had were not the best ones. He hates catholics and he is also against the jews being killed by the Germans, like this quote shows, “ He disliked catholics with a two-hundred-year-old force flowing in the veins”. Andre point of view about the war was very personal. It was very personal because he thought that war was affecting his business, because of war, he had less clients and that was affecting his family business.
8 Finally the romance with Cecile Viala is in the open with Raoul’s family p403/404 How would you describe their feelings for each other?
Raoul was in love with Cecile for a long time but he didn’t know her, he didn’t know even her name but he always saw her ride her bike. When they met they started talking and knowing each other and they both fall in love. Raoul’s love for her was immeasurable. He love her so much that he didn’t care the jokes that his sisters made to him. “ …and my sisters soon learned of my affair. They teased me about it, but I was happy to be teased”. This quote shows that he didn’t care what his sisters make laugh of him because he was so in love that he didn’t care of nothing that wasn’t Cecile and spending his time with her as much as she could.
9.( p405) What has prompted Raoul to sabotage the Gestapo officer’s inner tube?
One Sunday, Germans ordered people “to pay a visit to the Mairie”. There, in a table used for meetings, were laid three bodies, three maqui bodies. This showed that the Germans were brave, powerful. As soon as Raoul saw the bodies there is a specular moment in the story. He saw himself reflected in one of the dead people, “One of them was a local man, the son of the butcher, a little older than myself.” through this quote Raoul thought this young man laid on the table could be him. Because of this he reminded all the suffer they have been through because of the Germans, as the execution of the Petit Ours. However, Germans, were his clients. “One in particular, was a large, friendly man – and probably the very cheap, as an officer of the Gestapo…”. When he remembered this client he memorized that the Gestapo Officer´s soft-topped Maybach needed a change of tyres. This is when he remembered the words of the man of the café, to sabotage the German´s vehicle, if not Maquis would think he is the enemy. As a result of this, Raoul, decided to sabotage the Gestapo Officer´s inner tube, as an act of revenge.
10.What is the faint hope Raoul has for Cecile as she accepts the ride in the car?
The faint hope Raoul has for Cecile as she accepts the ride in the car is that she was forced to enter into the car, she was forced by the circumstance. She had no excuse to refuse the offer of the officer, sometime ago she had rejected the ‘gentleness‘ of the man because of the loose of the chain of her bicycle. If she denied the offer again he would suspect that something was wrong. “My belief is that she hoped to extract something useful from the enemy in that brief drive into the town”, through this quotation Raoul tries to convince himself the reason why she entered into the car, trying to think he was not eager to provoke this tragedy, that he did not have all the blame. .
11 . The story ends with a reluctant mood to shift with the times. Explain how this is true.
The story ends with a reluctant mood to shift with the times, mainly, because of the lose of the love of Raoul’s life, Cecile. He ended up with his ordinary life again. After the dead of Cecile he couldn’t continue his life, he never had children nor married. He never progressed. In comparison with the beginning of the story, at first, his dream was to spend his whole life with this woman, however, because of the tragedy, this could not happen. Furthermore, with the love of his life´s death his lost his passion, his anxiousness for continue with the tyres business, as he wanted at the beginning of the story, he does not care about the job anymore. Moreover, his desire, at first, was to continue with the business of his father for different generations, but, as he did not have children, he ended up with the tyres shop. So we can conclude that Cecil’s death was the main cause of the reluctant mood to shift with the times at the end of the story.
By Abril Teran Frias, Lucía Caviglione y Trinidad Porretti.
Before we start reading A view from the Bridge, we searched some information about the author, Arthur Miller.
-Important facts about Arthur Miller.
He was born the 17th of October of 1915 in USA, during WW1, and he died the 10th of October of 2005 in USA.
He was the son of a Jewish family who inmigrated from Poland to the USA.
He was a playright and essayist.
He married three times(one of his wives was Marilyn Monroe).
He worked during the time he went to school to help his family’s economical situation.
He wrote his first play while in the University.
He thought that a play should embody a delicate balance between an individual and society, between the singular personality and the polity, and between the separate and collective elements of life.
He thought himself a writer of social plays with a strong emphasis on moral problems in American society.
Miller is known for the consciousness of the characters in his plays.
-When was it written?
The play was written in 1955, and fist staged on the same year.
-Historical and social context.
(find information about Italian inmigration to the USA after WW1)
Because of the economic problems in Italy, population left their country and immigrate to USA. After Mussolini’s death and the end of World War 2 Italy entered into an economic crisis, so inhabitants decided to leave everything and tried to find luck in USA because there they had better opportunities than in Italy.
In literature class we analized rite of passage in the story “Tyres”:
The unattainable object of desire for the narrator in this story, is to obtain the girl’s love. He is fully in love with her since the first moment he saw her and it is the only thing in which he thinks, “ I was in love, if there is such a thing”. Raoul was so madly in love that every time he saw her he immediately frozen.
The trespassing for the narrator in this story is, when he defines his father’s authority and damage the tyre of the officer of the Gestapo. He disobey his father and risk his life because he wanted revenge, “ I remembered the words of the fellow in the café, and the ripped stomachs of the three good man, and the swaying body of the Petit Ours”. Raoul has a flashback and after realizing all the bad things that happened he want revenge.
Raoul’s dare, his time of revelation, is when he defeats his father and instead of repairing the Gestapo’s car, he inserts an inner tube into the tyre, ruining it. This way, he risks the business and his father’s job and dignity. He didn’t want to risk everything he had but he wanted revenge after all the horrible and aggressive things that the Germans had done to the French people.
There is no mischief owned up in the story. After the sabotage of the German car the narrator didn’t confessed what he had done, although he felt guilty for the death of his love, he never acknowledged his responsibility.
The act of atonement for the narrator in this story is when he starts feeling guilty and responsible for the death of his love. He sabotaged the German car because of revenge and he didn’t pretend the girl to be there when the accident occurred. Although he is devastated after the incident, in one way he blames himself for what had happened and this shows that he accept the responsibility.
In literature class we made an essay in pairs about Love III. This is the final version of the the one I made with Trinidad Porretti.
“Explore how the voice of the poem Love III shows a change as the poem develops”
The personna of the poem “Love III” shows a twist along the poem as it develops. In the following essay I will discuss how the voice of the poem shows this change.
On the one hand, at the beginning of the poem the speaker of Love III believes he is not worthy of God’s love. The voice thinks this because he’s covered of dust and sins, what we can see through the following quote “Guilty of dust and sin”, which also makes a reference to a quote from the bible “You are dust and to dust you shall return”. The personna demonstrates that he feels ashamed of himself, unworthy of being in the presence of love, in spite of this, love still insisted on the speaker feeling valuable. However, the voice still unwilled to feel in that way. Furthermore, love spoke to the speaker gently, trying to convince him, it was familiar and acted fondly towards him. The voice claimed that he wasn’t a worthy guest of love, that other person deserved it more than him, what the following quote expresses “I the unkind, ungrateful?”, he wasn’t as kind and grateful as a proper guest should be. In the third stanza, the personna says that he ruined what God gave him, his eyes ,“Who made the eyes but I?…. I have marred them”, and that his shame should go where it deserved, to hell.
On the other hand, at the end of the poem, love persuades the speaker due to that he finally accepts that he deserved God’s love, but through this quote, “then I will serve” we can see he wanted to join it as a servant. Nevertheless, love, is not satisfied with this, he tries to convince the guest forcefully, with an authoritative tone, to “join the feast”, to sit down and “taste my meat”, which is an allusion to the christian belief of the last supper. The voice obeys God and finally sits down with love and eats, which symbolized that he ended up acknowledging that he was worthy of love, and this is the change we can see throughout the poem. At the beginning, the speaker thought he was unworthy of God’s love,that other guest deserved it more than he did. However, at the ending, he understands that he was underestimating his value, because he was worthy of God’s love, he was the perfect guest of love.
All in all, in the poem Love III the personna shows a twists in his view about his value, about his worth of God’s love, as the poem develops.