Billenium

1. The story retells the life two friends, John Ward and Henry Rossiter, who live an overpopulated world in a distant future. The amount of space one person can occupy is only thirty eight square feet, and both friends share a “cubicle” to live in. They both have trouble dealing with the crowded city, where pedestrian traffic jams can last for an entire day. One day Ward discovers a forgotten room, with lots of space, adjacent to their cubicle. Both friends feel extremely exited, since their biggest dream had come true: to have more space. As they have lots of free space to fill up, they buy a Victorian wardrobe which they love and are really happy because now they are able to have it. Later, they invite their girlfriends to share the extra room with them. However, the girls ask their families to move in, which causes Ward, who used to despise landlords, to become a landlord himself, and only focuses on earning more money rather than on enjoying their new space. In the end, Ward and Rossiter need more space, since they had run out of it again, so the break up the beautiful wardrobe, which symbolized the thing they had longed for their entire lives, and now didn’t have anymore: space.

2. The problem of overpopulation leads to the issue of loss of privacy that is another main theme in the story. Since they don’t have privacy and space their lives aren’t normal. They have to wait at least one day of traffic and the size of the cubicles are extremely restricted.

3. The world is excedingly overpopulated, which causes the inhabitants in Billenium to become obsessed with the idea of gaining more space. They have absolutely no privacy and nowhere where they can be alone, which is what they seek. We can see this in the reactions of Ward and Rossiter when they discover the hidden room. More space equals a new, better, improved life.

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8. Rossiter is more agresive than Ward, and he is the one who persuades him to let the girls move into their room, and later to remove the wardrobe. He causes them to lose their privacy again, and becomes absorbed with the idea of getting more space for more people, so he doesn’t realize he’s losing his own privacy.

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11. The secret room in the story represents a new chance of having a new life, a more confortable one. It’s their chance of renovating theirselves and fullfilling their biggest dream. However, without realizing it, they end up ruining their chance.

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13. In their secret room they end up allowing and accomodating to the same lifestyle they had before. Their room was much bigger, however they allowed so many people in that now it feels the same way as the smaller cubicle did before.

14. The author uses third person point of view in the story, and he chooses specific words to highlight the lack of space.

Nazi Germany

In History class we are studying «Nazi Germany». We did four activities realated to this topic.

First we did a presentation, which in my case was about «Nazi Propaganda». For the presentation my group, Victoria Landolfo, Sybilla Correa and Ignacio Maestro and I, got creative and we did a Facebook about Joseph Goebbels, the minister of propaganda. Here I leave the link to the Facebook.

The second activity was the movie «Freedom Writers», that retelled the story of some students that were so poorly educated that they didn`t know what the Holocaust was. So then their teacher proposed them to read «The diary of Anne Frank». I really liked this movie it was very shoking to see the lives they had.

The third activity was the talk that Martin leguizamon did. He talked about his expierence in «Marcha por la vida», and how it affected in his life being part of such big event. I really enjoyed his visit to the school and I think it was very interesting to see all the pictures about the visit.

And lastly we went to the Holocaust Museum, where a woman explained us all the events of that time and all the horrible things that happended.I really liked the visit but  I wasn`t expecting all those shocking pictures the museum shown. Below I will post some of the photos.

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dumb martian

QUESTIONS:

 

  1. What seems to be the attitude in the society about buying female martians?
  2. At the beginning of the story, where is Duncan weaver going? What will his duties be?
  3. Describe Lelie’s appearance. Draw a sketch of what you think she looks like.
  4. How are we given the impression that Lellie is a mere possession of Duncan? Use quotes.
  5. Comment on the fact that Duncan lost Lellie at chess (a game he had taught her)
  6. Where in the story is Duncan’s verbal and physical abuse of Lellie at it’s worse?
  7. Weaver describes Alan’s as: “Snoory, ritzy, and snazzy” What type of language is it and what does it tell us about the differences the 2 men?
  8. Why does Lellies question about female emancipation makes Weaver feel so angry?
  9. “She was a dumb martian” Do you agree with this phrase? Explain
  10. What messages of relevance does this story have? (Technology, society, personal qualities) Connect the messages to our present time.

 

  1. The attitude of the society of “dumb martian” toward buying martians was illegal,but people, like Duncan, still bought them.
  2. At the beginning of the story Duncan is going to Júpiter IV/II, he would have to stay for 5 years and his job there was a station officer.
  3. Lellie was a short and thin martian with green skin, big round brown eyes that make her look as if she was surprised. She also had  purple hair, and really small mouth
  4. Because first Duncan bought her to abuse of her, in work and physicaly. And he also treats her like an object. “Duncan Weaver bought Lellie from her parents for ?1,000.”
  5. The fact is that Duncan used her at an extreme point and he thought Lellie was dumb, when instead it was the other way round. Lellie was intelligent so she learnt fast. that’s why duncan lost to Lellie at chess, a game he had taught her.
  6. It was when Lellie couldn’t pronounced the word “yes” because there Duncan hit her and that wasn’t fear because she was a martian, she didn’t spoke the language.
  1. Because Duncan didn’t wanted lellie to left because, in a way lellie was his slave.
  2. No, I think that lellie was so far of being dumb. The one that was dumb was Duncan, He thought that by using a martian to be his slave, was clever when instead was cruel.
  3. The message of the story is that you don’t have to judge people, because where they came from.  In this story we learnt a lesson but also Duncan learnt it when he was left to die outside the spaceship.

Abyssian Crisis

Lenny gave us the assignment of answering questions about the Abyssian Crisis

Questions:

  1. WHAT WAS THE ITALIAN EMPIRE LIKE BY 1930?
  2. HOW DID SENATOR GIORGIO PISANO EXPLAIN ITALY’S ATTITUDE FOR CONQUEST?
  3. WHAT IS ABYSSINIA TODAY? WHAT WAS THE SITUATION BY 1930?
  4. WHAT EXCUSE DID MUSSOLINI HAVE TO CONQUER ABYSSINIA?
  5. WHAT WAS THE ROLE OF FRANCE AND GREAT BRITAIN IN ITALY’S INVASION?
  6. WHAT EVIDENCE DOES MUSSOLINI’S DAUGHTER PROVIDE?
  7. WHAT DID YOUNG SOLDIERS BELIEVE WAS THEIR DUTY TOWARDS ITALY?
  8. WHAT WAS CONTROVERSIAL ABOUT THE USE OF POISON GAS BY THE ITALIANS?
  9. WHAT DID THE LEAGUE DECIDE TO DO? HOW EFFECTIVE WERE THOSE MEASURES?
  10. HOW DID ORDINARY PEOPLE REACTO TO SANCTIONS?

Answers:

  1.  The Italian Empire was from what is now Italy and what is now Libya. Also they were looking foward to Ethiopia.
  2.  The attitude that Giorgio Pisano had towards the conquest was that it was unfair for Italia not be allowed to invade Abyssinia, but Great Britain could conquer any country she wanted.
  3.   In the 1930s, Abyssinia or Ethiopia was poor, undeveloped and it practiced slavery. In the present, Abyssinia is a independent country, known as the Republic of Ethiopia.
  4.  Mussolini’s excuse to conquer Abyssinia was that he needed raw materials and land because of the fact that the population was incrising.
  5.  Italy asked permission to invade Abyssinia to France and England. France accepted the request of the Italians but, Ingland remaind ambiguous.
  6.  She provided that people didn’t even knew were Ethiopia was. Also she said that Britain won’t go to war with Italy.
  7.   Soldiers parents and grandparents, unified Italy, so they thought that their duty was to make it great.
  8.  Mussolini, seven years before he made a secret treaty improving the use of Poison Gas, had not only renounced to it, but it had also called it uncivilized.
  9.  The League proposed sanctions as a punishment to Italy for invading Ethiopia. This only consolidated Italy’s support for war.
  10. Ordinary people believed the sanctions were unfair and that they were an obstacle for Italy to recover.

The Orange Juice

In our speaking skills class, our teacher Dani,  gave us the assignment to creat  a poem, in pairs. The poem had to be based on the Poem “The Orange Juice” and then record it alone. I did mine with Ines Galmarini

The Orange Juice

We really like orange juice

Me and my family drink it three days a week

Today I woke up, grabbed my orange juice

and went to work.

Honestly I didn’t know that this could  happened!

I got fired! Duh!

I am desperate! What am i going to do?

The only thing I was thinking about when I arrived home was

neither the money

neither the food,

I only cared about the orange juice!

But suddenly.

PING!

I got an Idea!

Why not steal the orange juice from my neighbor next door!

It is easier than getting a new job, you know?

So one morning before my neighbor woke up,

I stole his orange juice!

Hooray! Now I got juice for the entire weekend.

So on monday I stole the orange juice again.

When I got home I poured a whole glass of orange juice

And then i gulped all of the juice into my mouth.

But then..

AAAAAH!

The juice was really spicy!

I had spited it all out!

After this, I swear I won’t steal others people Orange Juice,

Because sometimes they can come sabotaged!

    Essay writing Passion

     In literature pato, gave us the assignment of writing an essay with someone of senior 1. I made it with Elena Persic and Juana Zufreategui.                                

 

Essay question:

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

 

Writers may use nature to express how they feel, especially when talking about love, as it can not be seen it is easy to describe love by comparing to something. In the poem “Passion”, Katherine Raine  expresses her feelings about love through nature, using it as an element to represent how she feels after being abandoned.

 

To begin with, the poet personifies nature to express how she feels toward the loss of her love. nature is used to express her feelings, “full of desire I lay, the sky wounding me”. This quote clearly puts in evidence the broken heart of the lyrical eye. The hyperbaton gives prominence to the speaker desperate emotional state to get over her sadness. Also, the trees are personified, “each tree possessing what my soul lacks”. The personifications highlights the feelings of the voice by contrasting them to the serenity of the sky, and the fact that the trees have obtained a state of peace that the voice desires. Moreover, the metaphor, “each cloud a ship without me sailing”, evidences that she feels abandoned, even the clouds have left her. These literary devices call the reader’s attention to the emotions of the voice, she is suffering.

 

Secondly, in the third stanza the speaker explained that words can not express her feelings and again she uses nature so that the reader can understand her better. The hyperbole and alliteration in: “my human speech forsook my fingers”, draws the attention of the reader to the speaker losing her grasp on language, remarking that she is unable to express herself in literal words. Moreover, in the line “the savage conches of the beach”, the allusion to Triton may symbolize how a person’s feelings can change from being in love to being heartbroken.

 

In addition, there is a further personification of nature to express that the voice is desperate for peace, when the sky starts talking to her soul. It is a familiar voice, more than the one of her love, saying “You have what you desire”. This quotation shows that she  has to move on because she does not lack anything. This is the same message that later God tells her “lift up your heart”, the metaphor means to cheer up. The hyperbaton “and forest dwellers. This your nature is”, highlights that she and nature are one, it is her essence. This your nature is”, highlights that she and nature are one, it is her essence. Therefore, as nature has ups and downs, she can have them too, “this world you with the flower and with the tiger share”. These symbols of fragility and power of nature.

 

Last but not least, the judgment day is mentioned. The personification of nature, “when the world ends and the sky rolls away”, is used to express the message of the poem, at the end of our lives all the pain and disappears and what we remember and take with us to heaven is passion and happiness we have experienced, “love, light and eternity”. As a result of this reflection, the tone of the voice,which at first was desperate and in pain, shifts to one of peace and acceptance.

In conclusion, it is aforehead mentioned how the writer uses nature to express how she feels about love. At first she was very depressed, sad and suffering but after the sadness she was going through the  nature help her to change her perspective about love.