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.


The League of Nations

In the History class, our teacher Lenny, gave us a task that was to watch a video that was on her blog and also, to answers some questions that she put in a SlideShare. You could be alone or with the person sitting next to you. I decided to be alone.

Here is the video that we had to wached:

And here are the Questions and the Answers:


  • What were the aims of the league?


The aims of the league were:

  • To discourage aggression from any nation
  • To encourage countries to cooperate, especially in business and trade
  • To encourage nations to disarm
  • To improve the living and working conditions of people in all parts of the world

     2) What happened to Wilson when he returned to USA after signing the treaty of Versailles?

When Wilson was back in USA he had some problems.  One problem that Wilson had was that before USA could even join the League, he needed the approval of his congress. And in the USA the idea of the league was not so popular at all, so USA never joined because the Parliament never accepted the decision.

      3) Why did German immigrants in USA not want to joined the league?

The German immigrants in the USA didn’t want to joined the league because they were from Germany and the League was supposed to enforce the treaty of versailles and the treaty of versailles punished Germany, so that’s why the German immigrants disagree with the USA joining to the League.

     4) What economic reason USA give to say out of the league?

The economic reasons that USA give to say out of the league was that when a county does not obey the league they had to stop trading with that country, that was really bad for USA economy because they trade a lot and if they stop trading the USA economy is the one who will suffer.

     5) How did Americans feel about Imperialism in Europe?

The Americans feel that the league would be dominated by Britain and France, and would be called to help and defended their empires and the problem was that the Americans were Anti- empires.

     6) Why did Poland invade Vilna? Why did the league not act about it?

Poland invaded Vilna because Poland wanted to take control. Most of Vilna’s inhabitants were Polish. When Poland invaded Vilna, the league didn’t act about it because France saw Poland  as a possible ally against Germany in the future so she didn’t want to opose her. And Britain was not prepared either to act alone.

     7) Why was Upper Silesia an important region for Germany and Poland?

Upper Silesia was an important region for Germany and Poland because it was the border between Germany and Poland. The region was mixed with both Germans and Poles. Under the previous rule of the German empire, the poles had been discriminated by the Germans making them second class citizens.

     8) How did the league solve the problem with Vilna?

The League of Nations couldn’t solve the problem. They didn’t solve the problem because they couldn’t take and persuade the polish so that they live the city. The polish didn’t leave Vilna until WW2 started.

    9) What did the league decide to do about the Aaland Island?

Finland and Sweden were on a dispute over the Aaland Island. What the league decided to do  was that the Island should belong to Finland so that the avoid a war between them. It was not easy because both sizes were threatening to go to war but finally Sweden accepted the decision.

    10) Why did Mussolini invade Greece in the Corfu conflict?

Mussolini invade Greece in the Corfu conflict because he was furious and blame the Greek government for the murder of Tellini and his team. Mussolini, the italian leader was furious and demanded to pay compensations and execute the murderers. But the Greeks had no idea who the murderers were. So the 31 of August Mussolini bombarded and then occupied the Greek island Corfu.

  11) Why was the League criticised because of the decision of the Greek island Corfu?

Because this showed that the weakest of the powers, Italy, could get its way if they were backed up by Britain and France who agreed to sacrifice justice for cooperation.

  12) How did Geneva Protocol weaken the league?

It weakened The league because there were elections in Britain and in the elections the new Conservative government refused to sign the protocol, because the protocol said that if two members were in dispute they would have to ask the league to sort out the disagreement and they would have to accept the council decision. The new conservative government refused to sing it because they were worried that Britain would be forced to agree on something that was not on its own interests. That’s why the League was weekend, because they were going to take and a very important decision so that things like this didn’t happen any more but they couldn’t so a very important plan was cancelled, so they didn’t progress at all and this disputes could happen again and start a war.

   13) Why did Greece invaded Bulgaria in 1925?

The Greeks invaded Bulgaria in 1935 because there was an incident on the border in which some Greeks  soldiers were killed, so they wanted revenge.

   14) Why did the Greece complain that the league “seemed to have one rule for the largest states and another for the smaller a ones”?

They complain because it was unfair that the small states like her, didn’t had the same treats and preferences that the big states like for example Italy. There should be one rule for all, the small and the big countries should be treated the same way.


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.

Essay Writting- The Big Three

In our history class, our teacher Lenny, asked us to write an essay about The Big Three. This is my essay:

Essay question: “How successful was Wilson in achieving his aims at Versailles? Explain your answer.

As we all know, Wilson had many ideas like for example the 14 points. He couldn’t achieve them all because he had to take decisions with the winners that were the Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Lloyd George, with the Prime Minister of France Georges Clemenceau and he himself, the president of United States. In the following essay I will show you how successful he was in achieving his aims, the ones he obtained and the ones he didn’t.

On the one hand, Wilson achieved many of his ideas. He accomplished The League of Nations,this was one of his main ideas. The League of Nations was an organization that Wilson proposed to keep the peace between countries to avoid another war.The second idea he obtained was Poland to have open seas and to be independent. He thought this was very useful because he wanted new countries to be created so that they couldtrade with the empires. Furthermore another of the points he achieved was France to regain Alsace- Lorraine. Alsace Lorraine was a German colony because in 1870 France and Prussia, which is now part of Germany, were at war and Prussia won it. So as a compensation for winning the war France had to give Alsace Lorraine to Prussia. Wilson thought this was unfair and that’s why he proposed to give it back to France and of course France loved this idea. Moreover, another idea he supported was disarmament. He wanted disarmament to be accomplished because this would lower the possibilities of another war and would achieve peace between countries. Although he wanted this for all the countries he only got it for Germany, she could only have 100.000 soldiers in her army and they had to be volunteers. Finally the last point he accomplished was Self- Determination. He wanted that small countries like for example Poles, Czechs and Slovaks could rule themselves rather than be part of an empire, in this case the Austria- Hungarian empire. He wanted this for all the countries but he could only achieve it for Germany’s colonies.

On the other hand, you have seen Wilson accomplished many of his ideas but there are some he didn’t. He didn’t achieve a just and lasting peace. For him this was very important because he wanted war to end peacefully to avoid a second one. This idea he had wasn’t achieved because of War Guilt, which was a term of the Treaty of Versailles that said that Germany had all the blame of the war. Also he didn’t achieve free access to the seas because Great Britain and France didn’t agree with it. Moreover, he didn’t obtain complete disarmament, he only got Germany to disarmed. Furthermore, he also didn’t guarantee self- determination for all the world, he only got it for Germany’s colonies. In addition, Wilson wanted strengthen democracy in defeated countries but he didn’t achieve it. He thought that the key to peace in Europe was to strengthen democracy in the defeated countries so that their people would not let their leaders cause another war.Finally, he didn’t obtain free trade between countries. He wanted this so that countries could work together and also create more work for the civilians.

To conclude, Wilson had many ideas but not all were accomplished, I think he didn’t achieve the most important that was not being too harsh with Germany. because he didn’t obtain that on the Treaty of Versailles.