Literature- Analysis paragraph 1 & 2 Sredni Vashtar

Last class, our teacher Dani, diveded us on groups of , 4/5 people each,  and gave each group a different task. I worked with Gonzalo Irazusta, Oliverio Llobet, Marcos Okecki and Ramiro Aizpiri. We had to make a full analisis of paragraph 1 and 2 of the story we had read called «Sredni Vashtar».

This is our analysis:

Paragraph 1 & 2:

“Conradin was ten years old, and the doctor had pronounced his professional opinion that the boy would not live another five years. The doctor was silky and effete, and counted for little, but his opinion was endorsed by Mrs. de Ropp, who counted for nearly everything. Mrs. De Ropp was Conradin’s cousin and guardian, and in his eyes she represented those three-fifths of the world that are necessary and disagreeable and real; the other two-fifths, in perpetual antagonism to the foregoing, were summed up in himself and his imagination. One of these days Conradin supposed he would succumb to the mastering pressure of wearisome necessary things—such as illnesses and coddling restrictions and drawn-out dullness. Without his imagination, which was rampant under the spur of loneliness, he would have succumbed long ago.


Mrs. de Ropp would never, in her honestest moments, have confessed to herself that she disliked Conradin, though she might have been dimly aware that thwarting him «for his good» was a duty which she did not find particularly irksome. Conradin hated her with a desperate sincerity which he was perfectly able to mask. Such few pleasures as he could contrive for himself gained an added relish from the likelihood that they would be displeasing to his guardian, and from the realm of his imagination she was locked out–an unclean thing, which should find no entrance.”


Paragraph 1:

  • Description of the paragraph, what is happening: this paragraph is the first of the story. It introduces us that the story is about a boy, named Coradin, who’s 10 years old and that has only 5 years of life due to an illness. He has a cousin called Mrs De Ropp, who’s in charge of him, as it is written in the story, she’s his “guardian”. It’s shown that he hated her a lot and he didn’t want to be with her.



  • Element of Instability: in this first paragraph an element of instability is shown. it  is Conradin’s cousin, Mrs De Ropp. We can say this because Conradin really hated  her, to the point he wanted her to be dead. We can see this through this quotation that is present in the first paragraph, “but his opinion was endorsed by Mrs. de Ropp, who counted for nearly everything. Mrs. De Ropp was Conradin’s cousin and guardian, and in his eyes she represented those three-fifths of the world that are necessary and disagreeable and real”. How much he disliked this woman ?? and it’s also shown that his thoughts are influenced by her. Analyse evidence further. Which words are key? Why? What effect?




  • Imagination: in this paragraph we can see that imagination is an essential point in this story because, the protagonist, is a very imaginative boy and many of the decisions he takes are influenced by his imagination. Here is a quote where we can see that imagination will be present in the story, “Without his imagination, which was rampant under the spur of loneliness, he would have succumbed long ago” Here we can see that imagination is very important because without his imagination Conradin would have “succumbed”, which means die, a long time ago. His imagination is the one who keeps him alive.  check repetition




  • Third person limited: we can see that this paragraph is written in thirdfirst person limited. We need the story to be aligned with limited in conradin because we need to see his point of view, what he thinks. If the story wasn’t wouldn’t be limited to Conradin’s thoughts we wouldn’t know his feelings towards Mrs De Ropp, we wouldn’t know that he hates her so much and without this in the story there it wouldn’t be any tension. Also, we couldn’t see how imaginative he is and imagination is an essential element very important fact in the story.


Paragraph 2:

  • Repression: we can see repression of feelings all throughout. “ Mrs De Ropp would never, in her honestest moments, have confessed to herself that she dislike Conradine” In this quotation we can see how Mrs De Ropp represses her hate for Conradine because it wasn’t well seen to hate your nephew. She kept her feeling in the “Sheed” of her mind where unclean and old stuff you don’t want people to see are repressed.


  • Imagination In the second paragraph we can see how far Conradin’s hate for Ropp increases along the story. Also he thinks that Mrs de Ropp hates him as much as he does. This is because she is bad tempered with him and the boy takes it to one extentd in which he believes she hates him.



  • What is happening in the paragraph: In the second paragraph of the story expresses talks about the hate between Conradin and Mrs. De Ropp, both imagine that the other person hate him. We are not sure about this but we imagine it.



A view from the bridge (in process)

Pato, our literature teacher gave us a task. The task consisted on searching on internet some questions that she copy on the black board before start reading our new book The view form the bridge.

Here are the questions and the answers:

– Important facts about Arthur Miller

  •  His parents were Jewish immigrants from Poland.
  •  He began writing plays when he was a student in the university of Michigan
  • His writing was influence because he lived in both wars.
  • He had Italian friends and co- workers
  • He wrote many plays most of them were set in America


– When was it written?

The book was written  in  1955 and published on September 29th 1955.

– Historical and social context

The play was inspired by his Italian friends who told him stories about Italian immigrants who were betrayed when they tried to go illegally to USA to find a job and a better life, some of them escaped from the mob and other from the poverty WW2 had brought to Italy.



Rite of Passege- Tyres

In the literature class, we have read a story called “Tyres” by Adam Thorpe. After reading it, our teacher Pato asked us to analize the Rite of Passage in the story. It was in pairs, I worked with Trinidad Porretti.  Here is our work;

1- The unattainable object of desire;

In this story, the unattainable object of desire of Raoul is the girl, Cécile Viala. He watched her pass by the road near his house, every morning and evening, and he fell in love with her, however, he was afraid of talking to her.

2- Trespassing;

We can see trespassing in this story when the narrator shaves the rubber of the Gestapo’s officer car’s tyre inner tube with a small steel file, which means he damaged the tyre. This was against his father, who told him not to interfere with the clients, less with the German’s, and less with their cars.

3- There should be a dare;

There is a dare in the story when Raoul damages the Gestapo’s car’s tyre, like trespassing, knowing that his father told him never to repair his clients cars wrong in purpose, and not to interfere with the German’s.

4- The mischief should be owned up;

The narrator doesn’t confess he was guilty for the accident, and doesn’t act in a mature way because after the death of Cécile, he never recovered, he never moved on. He never fell in love again. He spent the rest of his life lonely with his father, and on the annivesary of her death he always took her flowers, and changed them for new ones if they were too old.

5- There should be an act of attonement;

There is an act of attonement in this story because Raoul finally accepts the responsability, he accepted he was guilty for the death of Cécile. However, he doesn´t say sorry nor act in a mature way after her death.

Essay in Pairs- Literature

The last day before the winter holidays, in pairs, we developed an essay on Love III or » The prison» . I was with Anouk. We choose to talk about «The Prison».

This is our essay:

“Comment closely on how the protagonist of The Prison cannot escape from his ‘destiny’”

In the story “The Prison” the protagonist, Tony/Tommy, can’t escape from his destiny on account that he follows the theory of determinism.

On the one hand,, through the theory of determinism we can see how Tony/Tommy couldn’t take his own decisions, he couldn’t act upon his thoughts. He was always doubting about if what he thought was right. Moreover, he was locked in the past, he couldn’t forget what he had done wrong before. He considered that destiny was metaphorically written, that he couldn’t get away from it. This is demonstrated when he beats off to Texas, to avoid marrying Rosa, nevertheless, when he comes back, he marries her anyway. All in all, he couldn’t control his actions and thoughts in his own life. Additionally, there are numerous quotations that demonstrate this. “…When he came back everybody said it was for Rosa and the candy store, and it was all arranged again and he, without saying no, was in it”; this quotation shows, in despite of the fact that he went as far away as he could to dodge marrying Rosa Agnello, he came back and he faced what was supposed to be, his DESTINY. “…but Rosa wouldn’t let up screaming , and later her father came in shouting that he was a criminal and chopped the machine apart with a plumber’s hammer” This quote represents that, nonetheless he took his own decision, he didn’t know it was illegal and after a while what he had done was ruined. This also expresses that his actions seemed to be written, he had a prison in his mind and he can’t express his ideas. But, when he did, everything went wrong, exhibiting his destiny.

In conclusion, the protagonist of The Prison, cannot escape from his destiny. Despite of the fact that he tried to change that situation, he always ended up being a miserable person with a tragic and gloomy life, his DESTINY.


Song- Lady Mary Wroth

Last friday in literature, Pato posted a task in the blog for us to answer. We had to see a video, analize the poem Song by Lady Mary Wroth, and answer some questions.

Here is the video we have to see:

And this are my answers of the questions that Pato posted in her blog:

1-How is the voice?

Throughout this poem i can identify that the voice is the woman

2- Write a summary of each stanza

Stanza 1:

In the first stanza we can see that the writer, Lady Mary Wroth, makes a comparison between children and men. In the poem is also present imageries, auditory and visual. Moreover, we can see in the first line a metaphor: “love a child is ever crying”

Stanza 2:

In this stanza we can see how Lady Mary Wroth, explains that men are liars and cheaters that can not be trusted.

Stanza 3:

In this third stanza, the writter, in a sarcastic tone, shows that if you let them gain you you, as a woman, will fail.

Stanza 4:

In stanza four, the author is saying that man always succeed, they put you up a fight, and thay always have to win. This is how they are and they will never please woman. They love you and buy you gifts but when you ask them a favour they don’t do it.

Stanza 5:

In this last stanza, Wroth, uses metaphors that compare men with animals, and show that their ways are difficult to change but not impossible.

3- What is the theme? And the tone?

The themes in the story are: Love between men and woman. Men actions

The tone in the story is advising, warning and confident.

4- Find at least 3 literary devices and explain them.

  1. Personification: In the poem “Song” in the first stanza we can see personification through this first line: “Love a child is ever crying” This line shows us that in the poem Love will be personified as a child.
  2. Simile: In the poem we can see a simile in the last stanza through the last line that says: “ Nor seek him so given to flying”. This simile says that you have to leave love alone just as you would leave an argument child alone.
  3. Visual image: In the poem we can also find a visual image in the last stanza in the word “flying”. This word gives you a visual image that you have to let love go away and fly, that you have to let love go and continue.

5- In your opinion which is the most powerful line?

In my opinion the most power line is the one that says “What he promise, he breaks it” because this line says that love breaks every promise but in my opinion that is a particular case because they are Many types of love and not all Love break promises so i think that’s why for me is the most powerful, because in my opinion is not true in all the cases.

6- Do you agree with the speaker? Give reasons

I do not agree at all because i think that not all men are like that, they are Mens like that but not all. They are a lot if Honest and good men. I think her was a particular case.

The Prison

In literature class, Pato asked us to watch the slidshare she had done with Senior 1 last year. After watching it we were asked to analyze it and compare it with the one we did this year.

Lucía Caviglione &  Abril Teran:

In our opinion the slideshare is very complete, it is full of useful information. After we compared it with the one we did this years we found some diferences:

  1. On the one and, in our presentation, in comparison with the one of last year, we did not add the biography of the author, this is important because some facts of his life might influenced in the story. Another diference is that they analyzed the point of view of the story, which is 3rd person omniscient.
  2. On the other hand, in our slideshare we analyzed determinism and foreshadowing in the story, in comparison with the one created last year. Determinism, in our opinion, is basic for the story because it explains exactly the situation of Tommy, he couldn´t make decisions by his own, his mind was trapped in a “Prison”. Foreshadowing, it is also present when Tommy´s desire was to grab the girl of her neck until she threw up. This was exactly what happened in the end, what Rosa did. In addition, we clarify, that at the end of the story Tony made a decision for his first time, although it was a wrong decision. Finally Rite of Passage is not present in the slideshare of senior 2. 



Rite of Passage – Games at Twilight and The Prison

After making the slideshare, we compare in pairs or in threes, the Rite of the Passege with the stories we read Games at Twilight and The prison. Also we were asked to found a specular moment, epiphany and foreshadowing.

This is what i did with Abril Teran Frias and Trinidad Porretti:



1- The unattainable object of desire

Games at Twilight:The unattainable object of desire in Games at Twilight was that Ravi wanted to win the game and defeat Raghu. In the story there is a moment in which Ravi describes Raghu physically, «Raghu´s long, hefty, hairy footballer legs». This shows how inferior he felt while he was with him. Also his big ambition to win the game, «He hugged his knees together and smiled to himself almost shyly at the thought of so much victory» This shows how much he wanted to win the game. Although, he didn’t end up being a champion.

The Prison:The unattainable object of desire in The Prison is that Tommy\Tony wanted to help the girl.  In the story there is a moment which shows how much Tony/Tommy wanted to save her, “He felt he ought to do something for her» This shows the desire she had to assist the girl, when he was the one who had the problem. However, he didn’t put his thoughts and desires into actions, he was a prisoner of his own body.

2- Trespassing  

Games At Twilight: We can see trespassing in Games at Twilight when Ravi was playing with his friends in the veranda, and his mother told them that they couldn’t go outside it, they promised her that they won’t cross the limit of the porch, “ ‘Please, ma, please,’ they begged. ‘We’ll play in the veranda and porch – we won’t go a step out of the porch’ “. In spite of this fact, they did go out of the veranda/porch. He desified the authority, his mother, to show his maturity.

The Prison:  We can see trespassing in The Prison when Tony\Tommy bought a slot machine to make money without telling Rosa and her father. He knew that Rosa and her father would not accept it, and he bought it anyway. Here we can see that he trespasses the authority.

3- Dare

Games At Twilight: There is a dare\challenge in Games at Twilight when Ravi entered to the shed to win the game, although it was a spooky and dark place, he was afraid of.

The Prison: In this story the third element is present, we can see that dare\challenge was saving the girl from being a thief. He thought that saving the girl from being a thief was the purpose of his life.

4- The mischief “should be owned up”

Games At Twilight: This element is not present in the story because Ravi did not act in a maturing way, he did not end up understanding that the game was over. This shows he was still a kid and did not finish the rite of passage.

The Prison: This element is also not present in the story because Tomy did not act in a maturing way, he hitted Rosa, and someone mature doesn’t do that. This shows that he did not finish the rite of passage, he was still maturing.

5- There should be an act of atonement

Games at Twilight: This element isn’t present in the story because Ravi didn’t accept that the game was over and he had lost, in addition, he didn’t say sorry to his mother for desifying her when he went out of the limit of the veranda.

The Prison: This element isn’t present in the Prison because he didn’t apologize with Rosa for hitting her and he didn’t end up accepting that the one who should be saved was him, not the girl.

    A) Specular moment:


GAT: The specular moment of the story is the moment when Ravi sees himself reflected in Manu because they were both the little kids of the group, they were defenseless. He realised that Raghu would go after him because he had already caught Manu.

TP: The specular moment of the story is the moment when Tommy sees himself reflected in the girl because in the past he lied to a policeman with his uncle Dom and robbed a lobster

    B)  Foreshadowing:

GAT: There is foreshadowing in Games at Twilight when Raghu says to Manu “You are dead”, because this was foreshadowing what would happen to Ravi in the future, the death of his innocence\childhood.

TP: There is foreshadowing in The Prison when

    C) Epiphany:

GAT: There is an epiphany in Games at Twilight when Ravi realises he is “insignificant” because no one cared about him, he realised that he was forgotten, and that maturing\growing up was a painful process.

TP: There is an epiphany in The Prison when Tony\Tommy realises that his mind was a prison, he couldn’t put his thoughts into actions and he couldn’t take his own decisions. We can see this through this quote; “ You could never see the sky outside or the ocean because you were in a prison, except nobody called it a prison, and if you did they didn’t know what you were talking about, or they said they didn’t”.

Essay Writting- Games at Twilight

In Literature, with Pato, we read a story called Games at Twilight. After reading it Pato ask us to make an essay.

Here is my essay!

In “Games at Twilight” mood and atmosphere play an important role. Comment closely on this.

In “ Games at Twilight” the mood and atmosphere varies a lot and take a very important role in the story. Through Ravi’s feelings we can see this change.


First of all, i want to focus on Ravi’s feelings when he uses the shed as his perfect place to hide. As soon as he enters, he has a mixture of feelings such as “ oppression”, “suffocation” and a “muffled smell, as of graves”; this olfactory image makes the reader feel the atmosphere of death that foreshadows what will happen to Ravi in the end of the story.


Second of all, Ravi spend too much time “daydreaming” and he forgets that he was playing a game and that part of the game is to “touch the den”, this foreshadows that as he forgets one part of the game and he is in the place of the “forgotten things” he will end being forgotten by his family.


Finally, Ravi went out of the shed because he realized that the children were playing another game and he started crying and shouting, “ Den! Den! Den!” This quotation shows how innocent he is and how disappoint he feels when he learns that they have “forgotten” him, especially when his mother tells him “stop it, stop it, Ravi. Don’t act like a baby”, this shows the reader that Ravi is still a kid and that he has a very long way to maturity and also that growing up is a process that he has to pass through and he has to accept it and live with it.
In conclusion, the atmosphere and the weather develop through Ravi’s feelings and emotions depending on the different situations he had gone through.