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Online Test

Our language teacher, Pilar Pando, asked us to do an online test concerning the Gohic Novel, which we have been studying and analysing in class and the following short sories: The Monkey’s Paw, The Cask of Amontillado and the one I personally chose, The Yellow Wall Paper. The task can be seen in Pilar’s blog.

Task 1:

This is my piktochart about the gothic novel.

Task 2:

Interviewer: Hello, I am very excited and honoured for being able to interview you this afternoon. I am a huge fan of your work!

Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Thank you for having me, it is my pleasure.

I: If you don’t mind, I would like to center around one of my personal favorite pieces of work, «The Yellow Wallpaper»

CPG: No problem! It is very dear to my heart and one of my most personal stories.

I: I feel like so many woman can relate to the main character, it is truly inspiring.

CPG: That’s something that I wanted to portray. Lots of the time, the feelings of the woman are shoved aside. I wanted to be the voice for all of those mothers who felt this, including myself.

I: I couldn’t agree more. Ho do you think your personal life influenced your work?

CPG: I think it influenced it a lot. I have delt with lots of the same things that the mother in the story has delt herself. Honestly I wouldn’t be who I am today if I wouldnn’t have gone through that. I feel like woman aren’t given enough credit and are trapped in the close-mindedness of the man.

I: I wanted to get into that. Your such a role model for all these young women, teaching them that their life can be more than their «obligations.»

CPG: I believe that we are supressed; that there is unequal marriage and that woman are destroyed by their unfulfilled desire for self-expression.

I: I’ve experienced that with my work, it was really hard to be taken seriously. Have you had the same trouble?

CPG: Absolutely! People underestimate woman’s ablities because of their gender. The thing is that there is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. Might as well speak of a female liver. (Actual quote from her).

I: It’s a hard battle we fight, but i think we will conquering by spreading the word  like you do.

CPG: I am glad you think so highly of me, considering that through my work like in  «The Yellow Wallpaper» I show the vulnerability in sombody that has experienced something like me.

I: I think any person that empowers others deserves my respect.

CPG: It is very appreciated!

I: Anyways, if it’s okay with you, I would like to get into your personal experience with your child.

CPG: I am open to talk about it. I have my demons that follow and «haunt» me, as in the story. When I was young my father left my family, it was very hard for us emotionally and economically. I currently don’t have a relationship with my daughter but because i am not ready for it.

I: That must have been very hard, do you regret or resent it?

CPG: Honestly part of me wishes she could be with her, but the other part knows that I could not serve her as a mother, it is not my calling, I would feel imprisoned. I think she is better off without me.

I: That is very touching and strong. What stood out to me was the term imprisonement, which was one of the themes in the story. Would you consider it an autobiography?

CPG: It is fictional, I write to reflect on things. To express what I am feeling or what is going on in my mind. I like to separate myself from my work,as if I am a third person narrator.

I: Wow, you leave me without words. Anyways, we have run out of time! Thanks for taking time from your busy agenda to attend to this interview.

CPG: There is always time for what is important! I had a lovely time.

Task 1

Our literature teacher, Pato Chujman, asked us to write paragraphs comparing some of the stories we have worked on for the IGCSE. She have us the following picture, so that we could organize ourselves. I couldn’t do the last one but I hope you enjoy the other three analysis.

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Both the characters in “A Horse and Two Goats” and “The Sandpiper” suffer from cultural barriers which impede them to fully understand or submerge in the other’s culture. In “The Sandpiper” the main character is “trapped” and doesn’t feel like the place she is living in is her “home,” she sees it as an incarceration keeping her away from happiness. She has moved for her loved one to this foreign land and has built her life from there, yet as the love from her partner disappeared, she is left to see her life crumble for the sake of her daughter. The transcultural journey plays a big role in this story, the character constantly struggling to find her “place” only to realize that this wall (formed by the diverse cultures) is too thick, even for her and her daughter’s relationship. While in A Horse and Two Goats the two main characters have a conversation in which neither of them can fully understand the other. There is a comedic and ironic element since they both think they are on the same page, but in reality they can’t be more wrong. Muni is trying to sell his goats while the American is interested in buying the statue of the horse and two goats. At the end, they make a deal, both with different understandings of what was settled. They both are set in places post-imperialism. In Muni’s case, he is old and traditional, and can’t adapt to India’s new ways. While the character in “The Sandpiper” comes from a colonizer country and she can’t adjust to this new lifestyle.

In all three stories the characters are in a constant dwell with themselves and through that, their true identity is unleashed. Firstly in “The Fly in the Ointment,” the father has a troublesome relationship with his son and after being left devastated by the Great Depression he seeks to reconnect. This vulnerability exposing them to reevaluate their life is also seen in “The Custody of the Pumpkin” when the father finds himself intimidated by the American man, and in “The Rain Horse” when the main character goes back to the countryside and finds himself estranged and rejected by it. During the story, he has an ongoing battle between the person he should be and the person he is. Though at the end, his true identity is released, when they talk about money, his one true passion. In “The Custody of the Pumpkin” there is also a problematic between father and son. As the father finds out that his son (with aristocratic titles) was going to marry an American woman (they were considered of lower class). He went ballistic. He prohibits it, but he soon focuses on what is truly important for him, winning a pumpkin competition. There is an ironic element in the title since he takes more care and “custody” of the pumpkin than his own son. This obliviousness reinforces the distance between them, making it harder to reach out. He is so determined to win, that he can’t realize what is going on in his own family, he can’t think of his own son’s happiness. The only thing that made him accept this relationship was when he found out that that she was part of the newly rich. The love between them just wasn’t enough, then again, money talks. The theme of money over love is also seen in “The Fly in the Ointment.” The third story, “The Rainhorse” is a journey were the character encounter with him from the past. He returns to the farm, and to his surprise, he is not welcomed. We can connect this to when the father in “A Fly in the Ointment” was “not welcomed” in the factory he was working, since he was left in ruins and bothered by the sound of a fly. At first, he dislikes it and complains about the farm not being what he wanted, but the thing is, he didn’t fit in the farm anymore. This is portrayed through a wild horse; he tries to tame it but then he realizes that will never happen, he will have to adapt. This is very hard for him.

In both “The Son’s Veto” and “The Sandpiper,” the characters struggle to choose whether to live in their reality or to go after their aspiration. Though it is not as easy as leaving it all behind, since they have people who impede them from finding their happiness (one literally and the other metaphorically). In “The Son’s Veto” the mother is left to be a widow with a child to look after, but falls in love again with a humble man named Sam. He’s son who is part of the novelty, prohibits this since it would be “humiliating” for him. She tries to make him change his mind but is unsuccessful, and so dies alone. In “The Sandpiper” the woman was married happily, but as they moved to a foreign country, everything fell apart. She didn’t fit in, but couldn’t lose because she knew her daughter was happy there and she wanted to be in her life. They both have children which they love so dearly they would prefer living miserably all their life than to lose them. Throughout the stories you can feel their desolation, frustration and broken heartedness knowing that their lives would be written by someone else, and having to deal with that emotionally. You can also see the change and contrast of the before and after; In “The Sandpiper” to when she was in love with her husband and in “The Son’s Veto” as it is set through some years, it showcases the loneliness after all men leave. The stories of these women are very different, however they share this journey of grief since they are entrapped and can’t find a way out.