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Analysing an Astrologer’s Day

Our Language teacher, Pilar Pando, asked us to write an analysis about a story we read named An Astrologer’s Day.

The story “An Astrologer’s Day” begins by stating a normal day for the astrologer.  How he starts by spreading his professional equipment and prepares himself both from the inside and by the way he looks. How he passed through this crowded road and saw all different type of trades like: medicine sellers, sellers of stolen hardware and junk, magicians, and, above all, an auctioneer of cheap doth, who created enough din all day to attract the whole town. How everyday there was a different name for the store next door. He also talks about his ruitine, and how in a way he exploits and fools his clients. The reason his abilities were never questioned was that he gave open answers and also responded with retorical questions. He said things that made his clients content and satisfied.

One day comes a stranger (which we later find out that his name is Guru Nayak) which is one of the first to question the astrolger’s skills. He wants to disprove that the astrolger can actually know the past of someone and predict their future. As Guru Nayak starts asking questions, the astrologer figures out that the stranger who came was actually the person he tought he had killed as a young adult. The only reason why he knows his story is because he was part of it. The client is actually seeking for revenge, but first he needs to find the unknown man who did such a thing. When the astrologer is asked if that man is alive, he says he’s not to avoid the consecuences. With this action we can see how deceitful he is by the fact that instead of apologising or admiting his crime, he lied to his client. At the end of the story, the astrologer tells his wife of his actions quite concerned, which showed a more humane side of him.

 

 

 

 

A Horse and two Goats Essay

Our literature teacher, Pato Chujman, asked us to wrie an essay abot the foolowing statement:

The most important theme in “A Horse and two Goats”, and in fact the central theme of Narayan’s work, is the clash of cultures. Do you agree?

In the following essay, I am going to develop on how I far I agree with the previous statement.

On the one hand, I believe that the theme of clash of cultures is very important so that the readers can see the contrast between this completely different cultures, and the way it gets ‘lost in translation’. Also, it adds a humorous touch to the story. In the story, “A Horse and two Goats” the clash of cultures between Muni and the american man is very evident. They both seem to believe their talking about the same thing, but they are talking about very different things. In the following extract, it shows the miscommunication because in one part when Muni is telling the american man about his childhood he believes he is talking about selling the statue. “(…) when he heard his grandfather, whose grandfather . . . ‘ The other man interrupted him with, ‘I don’t want to seem to have stopped here for nothing. I will offer you a good price for this.” There is an ironic end which is when Muni believes he sold his goats when he actually sold the statue which he loved.

On the other hand, i do not think it is the only theme which is critical in the story. I believe postcolonization plays a big part in the story. India is the setting for “A Horse and two Goats” which was previously colonized by the United Kingdom. In this passage you can see an example of how the colonization influenced India, “Can’t you understand even a simple word of English? Everyone in this country seems to know English. I have got along with English everywhere in this country, but you don’t speak it”. By adding the historical background the reader can get a better idea on what the characters (in this case Muni) are feeling and how their everyday life.

In conlusion, I believe that there are two main themes which are postcolonization and the clash of cultures.

 

Postcolonial Literature

Our literature teacher, Pato Chujman, has asked us to research online for post colonial literature. This is because we were reading “A Horse and two Goats”.

Post-colonialism in literature includes the study of theory and literature as it relates to the colonizer-colonized experience.

Definition

In many works of literature, specifically those coming out of Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian Subcontinent, we meet characters who are struggling with their identities in the wake of colonization, or the establishment of colonies in another nation. For example, the British had a colonial presence in India from the 1700s until India gained its independence in 1947. As you can imagine, the people of India as well as the characters in Indian novels must deal with the economic, political, and emotional effects that the British brought and left behind. This is true for literature that comes out of any colonized nation. In many cases, the literature stemming from these events is both emotional and political.

The post-colonial theorist enters these texts through a specific critical lens, or a specific way of reading a text. That critical lens, post-colonial theory or post-colonialism, asks the reader to analyse and explain the effects that colonization and imperialism, or the extension of power into other nations, have on people and nations.

Effects of colonization

As mentioned above, post-colonialism asks the reader to enter a text through the post-colonial lens. The chart below will help you see how to approach a post-colonial reading of a text. As a reader, you would look for the effects of colonialism and how they are addressed through the plot, setting, and characters’ actions.postcolonial_image

Theories on postcolonial literature

Said’s book ‘Orientalism’ (1978) is considered the foundational work on which post-colonial theory developed. Said, then, could be considered the ‘father’ of post-colonialism. His work, including ‘Orientalism’, focused on exploring and questioning the artificial boundaries, or the stereotypical boundaries, that have been drawn between the East and West, specifically as they relate to the Middle East. In doing this, Said focused specifically on our stereotypes of Middle-Easterners; however, these same ideas can be extended to include how we view all ‘others.’ This is the ‘us’-‘other’ mentality that many colonizers take with them into a new country. Such simple generalizations lead to misconceptions and miscommunications, which are often the basis of post-colonial analysis.

 

 

Homi Bhabha’s work, including ‘The Location of Culture’ (1994), focuses on the politics, emotions, and values that exist in the space between the colonizer and the colonized. In other words, cultures are more than ‘us’ and ‘other’; they are the sum of their histories. Bhabha likes to use the word ‘hybrid‘, meaning composed of mixed elements, to describe post-colonial people and experiences. In doing this, Bhabha focused on the collective effects of colonization on peoples and cultures.

Quiz: An Astrologer’s Day

1) The astrologer is a very clever and sly person. He is believed to tell the future and to know your past but he doesn’t. The reason why is that he gives open answers, something his clients would be content with hearing. One day, a stranger he tought he killed in the past (he was a former gangster) came to see if he was real. The only reason why he knew his past and what went on in his life was that he was the one to cause most of the stranger’s pain and anger. When he asks the astrologer when he would meet the person who scarred him, he told him he was no longer alive. Not only did the astrologer almost kill him but when destiny gave him the opportunity to redeem his mistake he lied! I don’t sympathize with the astrologer at all. I understand that we all make mistakes but the least he could have done was own up to his actions.

2) There is lots of irony in the story, especially from the stranger toward the astrologer. In fact, the stranger came to the appointment for proof that the astrologer was a phony and that his powers were fake. The stranger asked him “You call yourself an astrologer?”. In this question, though, you can see him defying and degrading him. When the astrologer actually read the stranger right he responded “Good fellow!” … “What else?” This is another case where you can see irony. We can infer that he is saying “You got one right! Try to guess the next one” in a tone that you tell a kid or your dog

3) I believe that the story is set in the United Kingdom, after the colonization of India. The reason why is because Town Hall Park is named and it is a place in England. The story also names a lot of traditional Indian thinks like “Jutka-drivers” and the “Pyol”. With that being said, I also believe it is set in the paat but not so long ago.

Poema Humoristico

Nuestra profesora, Camilia Aliberti, nos pidió de hacer un poema con las características del humor aprendidas en clase.

Objetivisacion:

La luna: Una mujer redonda, pálida, media fría pero con actitud y simpatía

El sol: Un señor vibraz, que transmite energía. Cálido, con amor y mucha alegría.

 

La luna llena, llena de vida
con curvas atrevidas,
blanca, pálida y hasta media árida
tranquila paseando con una actitud de engreída
 
Cuando de repente algo caliente y espontaneo llega a ella,
una personalidad que cella 
Una bola de fuego y audacia era aquella
persona que se paraba en frente de ella.
 
Lo que ninguno de los dos sabia,
Era la perfecta combinación que hacían
porque se iluminaban y destinguian
una de noche, y otro de día.

 

 

Antiheroe: Bigotin

Nuestra profesora de lengua, Camila Aliberti, nos pidió de crear un anti-heroe según los apuntes que hicimos en la clase. Este es el mio.
Bigotin
Bigotin y Sergio son un equipo contra el mal,
Aunque no parezcan gran cosa,
Son bastante peculiar,
Un bigote grande y fortachon,
en la cara de un señor chanchon,
Combaten contra monstruos, animales y mas,
Para que vos y yo tengamos paz.
 

Comic

El día 3/10 en la clase del engua, hicimos un comic, elijiendo un antiheroe de los que habíamos inventado antes. En el blog de Camila están los antiheroes. Primero pensamos la idea, de que se iba a tratar, y despues lo dibujamos. 

Idea:

El Jefe citó a Gretchen Manotas y al simple clavo. Los mandó a trabajar juntos. El único problema era que eran muy diferentes. Eduardo les asignó una misión muy importante: construir una casa para su perro. Cuando llegaron al terreno ninguno se ponía de acuerdo. Clavito la retaba a Manotas porque todo lo que tocaba lo destruía, y Manotas se angustiaba y le pegaba con un martillo. Finalmente se amigaron y construyeron la casa.

Comic

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Devolucão do trabalho de nossos colegas do Brasil

Nós fizemos uma devolução do trabalho de nossos colegas do Brasil no projeto de Intercambio Intercultural Brasil-Argentina. Eu trabalhei com Luli Giambruni. 


 

– Que mostra o power point?

– Gostaram? Por quê?

– Que mais gostariam de saber? (Escrever as perguntas)

Respostas:

O Power Point mostra um trabalho que nossos colegas do Brasil fizeram que consiste numa entrevista com sua diretora, a Irmã Elza. Eles trabalharam em grupo e organizaram quatro perguntas.

Nós gostamos muito mas pensamos que poderiam ter acrescentado mais perguntas, é um pouco curto. Foram muito criativos e dá para perceber o esforço colocado no trabalho. Foi muito interessante conhecer o seu ponto de vista e sua história.

Nós gostaríamos de saber onde nasceu e alguma história divertida que tenha acontecido desde que ela trabalha na escola. Também gostaríamos de saber por que ela queria trabalhar lá, o que a inspirou.

Crime Story

Our language teacher, Pilar Pando, asked us to write a crime story. This is mine

Mangled bodies have been turning up all over Ireland and the inhabitants are scared. Eight murders in eight weeks. All have had their eyeballs taken with spoon. Still nobody has a clue who the killer is.
Grace Bloggs Richardson is a clever, independent woman. It says it all in her name, “Grace” thats the way she wants to portray herself. She doesn’t know it yet but she is the only one who can stop the arrogant killer.
There is a problem which disturbs her life completely. Her lover, Monseuir Peter, is kidnapped, Grace finds herself thrown into the centre of the investigation. His only clue is a peculiar book. Which has been written in and unkown language.
She enlists the help of a curious author called Manthrali . Who helps by decoding the book

“The time will pass,
and it will go back as what once was,
and their dreadfull souls,
Wont be able to console,
for those who will not see,
and who will not be.”

What could that mean? What could Moseuir Peter have to do with this? She was very perplexed, it seemed that everytime she thought they were a step closer, it got more difficult.
Time passed and that is when Grace remembered that when she was visiting him in France, he told her that he was working on a very special project and gave her this necklace with a key. In case of need she could go to his house and unlock the door to go to the secret room. She remembered his voice, how he was quite serious and also a bit nervous.

 

The next week, there was another person murdered, with the same caracteristics. Only this time there was a sign of a key in the persons wrist. She went to the moseuir’s house and inside the secret room found a video cassete. It explained the whole situation, how he never wanted her to get involved in this mess. But made it clear that it was very important  for her to burn the key.

 

The following week, there was another murder. This one was of a familiar face, of the Monsieur Peter. The tenth murder and the last one. Inside his left pocket there was a note.

“You might have burned the key,
but you will always found a way to my heart.”