Video de Literatura: Martin Fierro

Nuestra profesora de Literatura, Camila Aliberti, nos pidió de trabajar en grupos para recrear una escena del Martin Fierro. Al mismo tiempo, nos concedió tener libertad para adaptarla y usar nuestra creatividad. Esto es porque estuvimos estudiando la literatura gauchesca y el Martin Fierro principalmente. Mi grupo (que incluye a Luz, Juani, Tomas A., Epi y a mi) decidimos basarnos en la escena donde Moreno y Martin Fierro forman parte de una payada contrapunto. Tambien la adaptamos a hoy en dia y en vez de ser Moreno  buscando venganza porque Martin Fierro mato a su hermano, es Moreno buscando venganza porque Martina Fierro le fue infiel a su hermano. Aun asi, queriamos mantener el contraste del presente y el pasado, tambien el espiritu gauchesco, entonces lo esribimos en una payada.

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Endocrine System Activity

Our Biology teacher, Magdalena Ravagnan, asked us to answer the following questions which have to do with the topic we are now studying in class, Endocrine system.

1)Define Hormone
2)Search a picture which shows the glands which secrete hormones in the human body
ADRENALINE.
3)a)State the effects of adrenaline
b)Choose a picture which shows a situation in which adrenaline is secreted. Explain

1)Hormones are chemical substances that help to regulate processes in the body

2)hormones
3) Effects:

  • It triggers the body’s fight-or-flight response
  • It prepares your body for a vigorous action.
  • Gives you more energy, your heart beats faster.
  • triggers the blood vessels to contract to re-direct blood toward major muscle groups, including the heart and lungs
  • The body’s ability to feel pain also decreases as a result of adrenaline,
  • noticeable increase in strength and performance, as well as heightened awareness, in stressful times.
  • adrenaline’s effect can last for up to an hour.

 

adrenaline

Essay Writing on “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Our literature teacher, Cecilia Lasa, asked us to work in pairs to create a statement in which we would base an essay about. This has to do with the short story we have been reading “The Yellow Wallpaper”

This is our statement: ” The writer of The Yellow Wallpaper is clearly denouncing english society in the 19th century through the transition of the protagonist”

As Salman Rushdie once said, “Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.” The Yellow Wallpaper explores the english society in the 19th century in depth and denounces it.

For starters, it denounces positivism which is the state or quality of being positive; definiteness; assurance. This was to big importance for society in the 19th century since everything was tested and proven with science, yet nothing was left to the emotions or beliefs if abnormal. Although some might argue that it was a big advancement for society, it restricted knowledge and thinking outside of the box or of what it is known. This is showed in this short story. The narrator and protagonist is sick, depressed, and as she tries to express her concerns to her husband he says it is a “temporary nervous depression _ a slightly hysterical tendency.” She believes him because “he is a physician of high standing” so “what can one do?” The writer uses irony as if she had no right to think she could be right because what she feels she has can not be proven with what it is studied. In fact, John is the epitome of positivism. “John does not know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him.”There is a paradox since he tries to help her get better but by not accepting she is sick he makes it worst.  What for men is madness for women is freedom. This short story as we know is of a gothic genre, which underlines and questions male and scientific authority.

 

That brings us to the next point which is the exposure of the role of women at that time. They were restricted in every sense: in what they said, thought and did. Emmeline Pankhurst a political activist at the time said: “Men make the moral code and they expect women to accept it. They have decided that it is entirely right and proper for men to fight for their liberties and their rights, but that it is not right and proper for women to fight for theirs.”This is portrayed continuously throughout the transition of the protagonist. There is the fact that she is forbidden to write down what she thinks and feels even though it is the only thread of sanity she has for herself. “There comes John, and I must put this away – he hates to have me write a word.” This shows literally the power that men had over women and how they got to call the shots, and shows metaphorically how women couldn’t have a mind for themselves (or at least it wasn’t the norm). The writer emphasizes the roles in their relationship as husband and wife and the contrast between the dominant and the dominated. At first we could say that the wife is as most women in the british society in the 19th century, yet as she develops she separates herself from that persona. John is left ‘weak’ and ‘desperate’ while she takes control. Her actions are skeptical and maybe ‘mad’ at the end but one could also say she is free. The story’s ending is the following “Now why should that man have fainted? But he did”. Going back to the gothic roots, John represents the characteristic ‘woman in distress’ which is very ironic and controversial. This could be a hidden message questioning the supposed superiority of men.

To conclude, it is evident that the writer of this novel criticizes some aspects in the english society of the 19th century like positivism and the role of women. It is able to do so throught the transition of the protagonist, her sickness, irony, contrast of the relationship of the husband and wife and through literary resources.

Essay Writing

Our language teacher, Daniela Barra, asked us to work in pairs in order to create a piece of writing in which we would choose a place special to both of us and explain our partner’s importance related to the place. This is because we have been studying the difference between spaces and places and what ties us to them. This is the complete task:
What are the important places in your life? In pairs, think of a place you share. How significant is it for you? Why? Brainstorm ideas together. Then, individually, write a piece about that place or space and how your mate is related to its importance.

 

This is my poem:
A Simple Plaza Francia Day

 

Oh dear Luz, oh dear Luz, 

You have a light that does ooze. 

As we stroll by in a simple Plaza Francia day

all our problems seem to go away.

 

The importance of this they may ask

and to put that into words is surely a task

as oh dear Luz, oh dear Luz,

there is so much to choose.

 

On a chilly afternoon we became friends

and after that it happened to become a trend.

Because you are relatable, unique

and seem to capture all of Plaza Francia’s mystique.

 

So oh dear luz, oh dear luz,

lets seat in Plaza Francia and enjoy the views.

Ensayo

Nuestra profesora de lengua, Camila Aliberti, nos pidió que escribamos un ensayo en base de la siguiente frase: “Uno es dueño de sus silencios y esclavos de sus palabras.”

Una de las cosas más difíciles para entender en el día a día es cuando usar las palabras y cuando simplemente quedarnos en silencio. Pero ¿Acaso estamos en control de lo que sale de nuestra boca?

El gran poder y peso que tienen las palabras es incuestionable. No es solamente lo que decimos sino también como lo expresamos. Por lo tanto, si se utiliza en forma errónea puede marcarnos para el resto de la vida. Es un acto tan común, que uno no se da cuenta como las palabras pueden afectar.

Cuando dice “uno es dueño de sus silencios”, se quiere enfatizar que los pensamientos son lo único que tenemos para si. Nadie puede abordarlos, es un bien personal, es de lo único que podemos realmente ser dueños. En cambio, al decir que somos “presos de nuestras palabras”, quiere representar como todo lo que decimos repercute en nosotros y en lo demás. Una vez que se dice algo, las palabras ya no se pueden recuperar.

Existe un dicho muy conocido y usado que se puede aplicar y comparar al que se analiza: “hay que elegir sabiamente que  batalla pelear”. A veces no vale la pena gastar nuestro tiempo y energía en discusiones insignificantes e irrelevantes. Al mismo tiempo, al no expresar nuestros pensamientos podemos arrepentirnos y eso resultar muy significativo en nuestro futuro. Lo que no se dice en el momento, es muy difícil que se diga después ya que al pasar el tiempo también pasan las posibilidades (oportunidades).

Un claro ejemplo en como Martin Luther King, a través de la oración pudo cambiar la calidad de vida de millones de personas de color, sus palabras hicieron historia, aunque para muchos “fue preso de sus palabras” porque le costo la vida. Sus palabras fueron la voz de millones que tenían miedo de decirlas. El hizo un cambio porque logro afectar a los otros en una manera positiva y eficiente, lucho por lo que creía.

Por el otro lado, nosotros solo estamos en control de lo que decimos y lo que no decimos. No podemos saber cómo nuestras palabras pueden ser percibidas o interpretadas. Esto es porque siempre hay dos o más personas en una conversación y  tenemos como máximo el 50% del control. Por lo tanto, se puede afirmar que lo que nos esclaviza no son las palabras en si mismas sino el impacto que generan en las personas a quienes le hablamos. Tampoco somos completamente dueños de nuestros silencios ya que muchas veces la razón de que decidimos no hablar es porque tenemos miedo de lo que van a pensar los demás.

Algo interesante que indica esta frase es el sentido de la oportunidad y como uno al hablar se expone a la sociedad. El que lo dijo decidió colocar una palabra negativa como “esclavitud” para simbolizar la relación entre los humanos y las palabras. Al expresarnos, de alguna manera, somos vulnerables y perdemos poder, pero al mismo tiempo puede dar fruto a algo mejor. Puede ser positivo.

En conclusión, las palabras tienen un gran efecto en las personas. En mi opinion, es nuestro deber  utilizarlas sabiamente y tener el máximo control posible de lo que sale de nuestra boca, sin dejar de defender lo que creemos y ser apasionados en la defensa de nuestros argumentos.

Writitng – Patagonia’s Nature

Our langueage teacher, Pilar Pando, asked us to write a descriptive piece in which we would protagonise nature. It had to be about a place in Argentina, so I chose Tierra del Fuego.

We had come across to the most wonderful view our eyes had ever met. It had only been one day since we had arrived and already we had fallen in love with Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia. As most turists, especially in such an isolated zone were mankind is only seen in small towns, we had become lost. At first, desperation strook us but that was quickly replaced with amazement.

We observed the fox move slowly but surely, questing through the snow. Our eyes acted as mirrors, as every move the fox did, our eyes reflected upon. This creature, marvellously beautiful, made us appreciate this moment so dearly. The redish, soft fur  was the perfect endearing cover, but we knew that this animal was more sly than sweet. As it run away, in what seemed like a fraction of a second, we were left wondering what was going to be of our live now.

We sat down and were able to notice the roughness and icyness of bright white snow. The weather proved to be a challenge, as we were not accustomed to such severe coldness.  Our cheeks flushed, our noses running and our bodies eager to explore. We were surrounded with monumental pine trees, all scattered next to each other. Although we were in the middle of the woods we were able to find an opening to the purest, most breathtaking and calming lake. Who could have thought that in such unordinary and extreme-like conditions, we would find comfort and relaxation. The silence was so evident that it made the smallest sounds, like the houling wind and the crackling fall leaves, be heard as we strolled along. The sun was setting and the sky was every color but blue.  It was an exhibition of the art of nature, the one we could not help but to be mesmerized at.