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Romeo and Juliet Flashback

By Juan Simón Machado Pennise, Santiago Guerrico and Santiago Yezze.

In the  previous chapters (Act 1 scene 4) of Romeo and Juliet…

Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio are getting ready to sneak into the Capulet’s’ party. Luckily, it’s a costume party, so they could wear masks. Romeo was still talking about Rosaline and then he announces that he had a dream the night before. The dream Romeo had was kind of a premunition, he thought that they were going to be caught while sneaking in the party.

How and Why we Read

  • The sentence that I feel that summarizes the video is “The importance of reading”.
  • A phrase that I feel that it will be important for our course is “Reading allows us to communicate” because we can communicate with the main character of a book because we know their feelings and kind of know what they’re going through based on their description of the scenes.
  • A phrase that caught my attention is “The reader is more important than the author” because it strikes me to see that an author doesn’t see himself as a more important figure than the person reading.

The Open Boat

The Open Boat Part 1

1. The story is about four crew members of a ship, the oiler, the cook, the captain and the correspondent. They were all stranded in the middle of the ocean in a little boat. The cook says that a place called Mosquito Inlet will provide them shelter, but the correspondent tells him that they will only give them clothes. The oiler is upset with them because he believes that they should focus on the present instead of the future.

2. In the end of the first part of the story, the four characters are on the middle of the sea and they are thinking in what is going to happen when they get to shelter and how its going to be. The message is that they should be thinking in what is happening at the moment, because they must be focused on fighting the waves.

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4. Mosquito Inlet, or Ponce De Leon Inlet, is located in the coast of Florida, USA.

The Open Boat Part 2

Study questions

 

  1. The Oiler is given the name Billie because he is the right hand of the captain. The others are only referred to generally because they survive and the Oiler does not.
  2. The Oiler died because he just followed the Captain’s orders and never complained, for example one time the weather was dangerous but he followed the Captain’s orders anyway.
  3. The view of nature presented in this story is that nature is far much superior than humans.
  4. The view of the men presented in this story is that men are not very smart and inferior to nature.
  5. The men in the open boat relate to each other as brothers and equal.
  6. In the story we can find repetitions of colours, such as black, gray or white. Also, the word such as “Fate” which means destiny. The colours can represent the situation of the four men in the boat, as they were near the coast, the colours white and gray were mentioned, but if they were far away from the cost, the colour black was mentioned. So by mentioning the colours, we can get to know their situation.
  7. The narrator uses the Correspondent to intrude in the story. We can see the Correspondent as the critical viewpoint or the philosopher. As he is different from the rest of the men in the boat, he was more critic with the things that happened there, he reflex and think about it. In addition to this, the story is based in Stephen Crane own experience. In our opinion, it is distracting, because it may make you think about other things that happened while you are reading. We think it is effective as this happened to us while reading.
  8. We think the narrator is being ironic as the story ends with the phrase: “…and they felt that they could be interpreters.” This could mean they were the interpreters of the story of this four men lost in the sea.
  9. Crane used this structure because in one part of the story the captain says: “If I am going to be drowned, if I am going to be drowned, if I am going to be drowned, why, in the name of the seven mad gods who rule the sea, was I allowed…” By making seven sections he refers to the seven gods of the sea, and by using the Roman numerals he refers to the gods of the Roman mythology.

 

Pathways to Interpretation:

 

  1. The writer is connected to the story because he had a similar experience some years before writing this story.
  2. The story is connected to naturalism and determinism because the men in the open boat believed that what happened was determined to be like that, and they couldn’t change it.

 

Patterns in “The Open Boat” (Choose 2)

 

  1. References to Colours: The narrator uses colors to represent the mood of the men in each chapter. An example of this is when the men were near land, he, the author, used the colour white and as they were far from it he used the colour gray and black. This represented their mood, white meaning they were happy because they were near land, and black and gray meaning they were sad or depressed because they were far from land.
  2. References to Animals: In the story the narrator mentions a lot of animals symbolising something. For example at one point in the story a gull flew to the boat, and that meant they had hope of land being near.

 

8) There are a few clues about the Oiler’s death. This is one clue: The correspondent told a story about a soldier that was the right hand of the general that died because of following his orders. This story foreshadows the death of the Oiler because the Oiler was the Captain’s right hand and he also died following the Captain’s orders.

 

9) In the story, there is a moment when the captain tries to sleep, but he couldn’t, this can mean he will live as sleeping is the closest thing to death we know and he couldn’t. But there is another moment where the Oiler tries to sleep, and he slept very well, the Oiler died after, so this could be a foreshadowing of his death.

 

11) The men in the “Open Boat” are spared by nature except for the Oiler that was punished by nature for following the Captain’s orders no matter what and the nature overcame him.

One Art

  1. What do you think the poet means by “the art of losing” and how serious is she about this idea?
  2. How important is the poem’s form to your reading of it?
  3. What effect does the refrain have upon your understanding of the poem’s tone? How does the meaning of this single line change throughout the piece?
  4. What are we actually meant to believe about the poet’s reaction to her losses?
  5. How honest is the poet with herself? With her readers?

1. I think that by “the art of losing” the poet means that it is easy to lose something, so overcome it. She isn’t that serious about this idea.

2.  The poet changed her mind in the last stanza.

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4. I believe that when she lost someone, she felt really sad and it wasn’t such an easy task to get over it.

5.  The poet isn’t honest with herself until the last stanza and she isn’t honest with the readers because, if she can’t even be honest with herself, how caan she be honest with her readers?

 

 

For Heidi With Blue Hair

  • The poem is about a girl named Heidi that dyed her hair blue after her mother passed away and going to another school in Australia where the school’s headmistress  fights with her and her father about the blue hair.
  • Adcock’s intentions seem to be to tell people going through the same situation that everything is going to be alright.
  • The structure and punctuation reflects that is a story being told by a 2nd person narrator, this means that she is talking to her in the poem.
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  • The teachers and the headmistress are made to sound ridiculous by kicking out Heidi from the school because of her blue hair.
  • The voice of the poet is mocking because Heidi and her dad mock the headmistress. The mood and feelings I can recognise are

 

Character Analysis of “The Fall Of The House of Usher”

Narrator

Poe meticously, from the opening paragraph through to the last, details the development of the narrator´s initial uneasiness into a frenzy of terror, endangered by and parallel to Usher´s terrors.

-The narrator attributes his fantasyto his subjective perceptions.

-There is a split consiousness in the narrator´s mind between the rational and the super natural.

-In contrast to Roderick, the narrator appears to be a man of common sense. He seems to have a good heart in that he comes to help a friend from his boyhood. The narrator, however is superstitious.

Roderick Usher

Roderick Usher is an educated man. He comes from a rather wealthy family and owns a huge library. He used to be an attractive man but his appearence deteriorated over time.  Roderick had changed so much that the narrator doubted to whom he spoke. Roderick’s state worsens throughout the story. He becomes increasingly restless and unstable, especially after the burial of his sister. He is not able to sleep and claims that he hears noises. All in all, he is an unbalanced man trying to maintain an equilibrium in his life.

Madeline Usher

Lady Madeline does not speak one word throughout the story and she and the narrator do not stay together in the same room. She and the narrator do not stay together in the same room and poe seems to  present her as a ghostlike figure. Before she was buried, she roamed around the house quietly not noticing anything.