Self Reflexion

To start with, during the entirely year I think I have enjoyed the subject a lot. In my opinion, I liked a lot the fact that Pato gave us a poem or story to read alone and the next class we discuss the (poem or story). Also, the kind of activities Pato gave us to do during the class in Facebook and the fact that we had made a lot of essays. I believe I improve in writting essays and if I commit in doing it I know I can.

Moreover, the fact that we have read a lot of poems and stories made me realized that most of them are not difficult and this was all to practice and see our performance in the IGSCE.

Finally, I really enjoyed the year of Literature and I hoped we can continue doing the activities Pato prepare.

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The Cuban Missile Crisis

This is my presentation about the CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS

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Poem with Inversion

MACBETH: “If’t be so, For Banquo’s issue have I fil’d my mind,
For them the gracious Duncan have I murther’d,
Put rancors in the vessel of my peace
Only for them, and mine eternal jewel
Given to the common enemy of man,
To make them kings -the seed of Banquo kings!
Rather than so, come, Fate, into the list,
And champion me to the utterance!”

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Billenium – Questions



1.Write a detailed synopsis of the story.

The story is about Ward who lives in an overpopulated world. He lived in a cubicle in the staircase. His cubicle was the biggest one and everyone told him that he was very lucky. Moreover, at having this bigger espace he can have more privacy than the others. However, when anyone walked up or down the stairs he would hear it, this wouldn’t let him sleep. One day, an inspector came to his cubicle and told him that as his cubicle was too big he had to pay double rent or shared the room. As he didn’t like the idea, he moved into a poorer neighborhood with his friend Rossiter. As soon as they got into the cubicle, Ward was angry. He hit the panel strongly and it fell off. In addition, as they noticed that the room was very big, they invite two friends to live with them. They separated the room in partitions. Finally, they invited more people, nevertheless, they ended as when they started, with very little space.

2. Discuss the theme of over-population and the effect it has on both the way of life and quality of life of the inhabitants of the city.

The everyday life of people is terrible, people can’t even visit their parents from their houses because of the pedestrian jum. Just by going to work, because there are so many people trying to move they get bruises. On their houses they have no privacy, they either have to share a minuscules rooms with a lot of people or be alone in an trifling cubicle. However the only solution for their limited space was by having at least three children.

  1. The quest for living space has become an overriding obsession with the people of the city. Discuss this theme in detail. Include in your answer some discussion of the ways in which Ballard makes the quest for space dominate the characters’ lives.

    In this story, space is very important because it means power. People that have money can buy land, construct a building, divide it in cubicles and rent them for people to live there. The owners of the building are usually the ones who look after the cubicles and check they have the correct size which was established by the government. So, they look forward on negotiating with the people living in the cubicles, as happened with Ward and his cubicle in the staircase.

    4. What sort of relationship does Ballard put forward between the inner world of the individual (as represented by Ward and Rossiter) and the outer world in which they live. In other words, how does Ballard conceptualise the effect of surviving daily life in a hopelessly over-crowded city on the consciousness of the individual as demonstrated by the ways in which Ward and Rossiter manage the gift of space in the secret room they discover?

    Rossiter and Ward criticize the way the government managed the main conflict of the society. They were living in a over crowded city, which the problem was overpopulation. The most of the times, when they wanted to go for a walk, the streets have a pedestrian jam. The government tried to solve the conflict by reducing the size of the cubicles, so as a consequence, they can be more cubicles available for the citizens who did not have a place to live in. At doing this method, the government was not solving the problem as they have more kids and more population, so they finally ended up in the same place. Ward and Rossiter went to live together so that they could share a bigger cubicle and have more space to live.

  2. In the story, Ballard does attempt some sort of explanation of the social, political and economic causes of the extreme over-population that has beset the world. Explain his views as they are presented in the story.

    The causes of extreme population is that as people aren’t comfortable with having such limited space given by the government they have more child’s so as the government would provide more space. Nevertheless as people are always having more an more childs government provides them less space per person. This makes the world more overcrowded and it never gets to an end.

    6. Do you agree with his argument? Do you think that current population growth projections indicate that we are likely to end up in the situation portrayed in the story?

    We don’t think that in a future there will be people living in cubicles. However, maybe it would happen the opposite. In europe, young people which can have kids will not have because maybe they can’t maintain them or they just don’t want to have children. So this will be a problem because there it will be a lot of elder people who doesn’t work because they are old and there it will be few young people to work and maintain the country.

  3. Describe and analyse Ward’s character in some detail. What values does he hold? Why does Ballard make use of this type of character as the main character for this story?

    Ward is used as the main character because as he has a bigger room than others he has a sort of advantage over the rest of the people who have a smaller cubicle. Later in the story Ward has to decide between keeping the staircase cubicle and paying double or sharing it with someone else. The second option wasn’t the best one because the cubicle would be smaller than normal cubicles shared by two people.

    8. What role does Rossiter play in the story?


Rossiter´s role in the story, is to be friend with Ward and he is the one who started collecting money from people that wanted to live in their big room. Moreover he represents capitalism as he cares the most about money they than spending time with his friends or having more than three meters.

9.Describe the role of the female characters in the story.

The role of the female that the story present is not a positive one. In the story, Rossiter convinced Ward to let the girls live with them, they took advantage of that situation and brought members of their families into the room too. The female characters took advantage from him.

10.Discuss the effects that overpopulation and its attendant ills has had on the nature of family life in relation to Ward’s family as well as Judith and Helen’s family relationships.

What the effect of overpopulation has had on the nature of family is that the overpopulation was caused by how families wanted to have some more space that they decide to have kids which contribute with this.

11.What does the secret room symbolise in the story?

We think that the secret room symbolizes hope. It also symbolizes freedom. Because they are looking for more space, but instead of having space, they fill the bedroom with victorian furniture (that symbolize overpopulation).

12. Why do you think Ward and Rossiter are unable to keep the gift of space to themselves? Is Ballard making a comment on how our inner world ultimately reflects the shape of the external world in which we live?

The protagonist of the story, Ward and Rossiter, are unable to keep the gift of space to themselves because they were used to live in a small places. So when they found a big place, they started putting big instead of enjoying their space. They also invited people to live with them so as a consecuente, they reduce the space that they had.

13.What sort of living arrangement do they eventually end up allowing (and accommodating to) in their secret room?

At the end of the story, there were seven people living in the secret room, and they divided that room in seven parts so all the people have their own “room”. At the end, they end up living in a smaller place than the cubicles

14.Discuss Ballard’s style and language in the story? Consider also in what ways it is appropriate to the nature of the story being told.

Ballard uses different techniques of speech to emphasize his point of overpopulation. He uses hyperbaton and oxymoron to make the reader understand how he feels towards the society in his time and he wants to prove a point. The story also names the word “cubicle”, by doing this it emphasizes that we as a society are destined to live in a place meant to be in an office


Good work. Some answers are Not deep enough

Mark: 8

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Essay Heart and Mind

Essay Question;

                           Comment closely on how the poet conveys her ideas through the use of vivid description, metaphors and comparisons.

    In the poem, The Heart and Mind, written by Edith Sitwell deals with two binary opposites: the physical love and the love of the heart and the mind. Through it she uses literary devices such as simile, personification, alliteration among others.

     First of all, Sitwell uses vivid impressions to express her message by using in deep the image of the Lion speaking to the Lioness. Moreover, the word “amber” that the writer uses in the first stanza brings to our mind the colour of the lioness pelt and the word “dust” highlights her precious. Also, by using this kind of words she expresses that when you get older, you are not beautiful and passion anymore, referring to  that superficial love is not eternal. Edith Sitwell uses another potential and essential descriptions such as, “the fire that sun and heart and the moon-cold are one”. Here we can see that the image suggested that the sensation of true love is only surface, after the passion had disappeared. As the words of the Lion to the Lioness, the viewpoint of the author is convey: the love of the heart and mind will remain.

    Secondly, she uses some well-explained metaphors all through the poem which help readers to understand her ideas. To start with, she says again her point of love being finite; “said the skeleton lying upon the sand of times”. Edith uses this metaphor to express her point that nothing is eternal and forever so you can’t lose time. In addition, here she also says that the love of the heart and the mind is the only one that in a relationship will survive, meaning that passion in a couple is not enough to achieve success. This is evidently explains through the skeleton which represents what is left and continues all throughout time.

     Thirdly, she uses comparisons which helped her to explain her point. First, comparing the the physical body of a person and their mind is to explained the idea of eternity. This is clearly when she says “more powerful than all dust”. This is referred that the physical body some where will disappear, however the soul don’t. Nevertheless, the love of the saul, heart and mind will stay alive while the fire of passion will get to an end. The writer wants to transmit that the physical love is not eternal, but the true love it is.

     To conclude, Edith Sitwell uses a variety of metaphors, comparisons and vivid impressions to explain her viewpoint about love. In the end of the poem, we can see that the final message of Heart and Mind is that relationship has to have true and superficial love to remain.


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Poem – Project work

After finishing the poem we made in the literature and language classes, we have to make a video including pictures and pictures about the “Iglesia del Pilar”. I worked with Lucia Caviglione Fraga.

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Description of a place – Poem – Iglesia del Pilar

In class, we learned how to write description of a place. The task was to write a description of a turistic place in Argentina. We chosed the “Iglesia del Pilar”.  After that, Pato told us to write a poem about it. I worked with Lucia Caviglione Fraga.

One of the most important and well-known churches in Argentina, is the “Iglesia del Pilar”, which is situated in Buenos Aires, Recoleta. This glamorous church has a beautiful infrastructure and surroundings which attracts many tourists from other nations. It’s very frecuente that not only tourists but also local people visit this marvelous church.

The enchanting church is surrounded by a huge park known as “Plaza Francia” which is very well known in Buenos Aires as it also surrounds the Recoleta Cemetery . This park is full of exotic flowers and tall trees. At the entrance of the church there is a huge black gate which leads to the huge white building where people can assist to mass and pray. Furthermore, if we look to the left we see find the immense bell tower which can easily be seen in the distance.

Moreover, on the inside the church has a very cozy atmosphere. We can find a lot brown wooden benches, and huge white columns all along the aisle. Beside, in the center, we can see charming golden decorations of which the figure of jesus stands out. It’s comfortable atmosphere is what attracts people and makes them want to visit the church frequently.

In conclusion the “Iglesia del Pilar” is one of the most visited churches in Buenos Aires not only because of its incredible infrastructure but also for its  beautiful surroundings. We can firmly assure that t if you travel to Buenos Aires, you cannot miss the opportunity of visiting this church.


Iglesia de Pilar

White as the snow, bright as the sun

the marvelous Del pilar church stands on

so special, so calm

that when you enter you feel warm


At the moment you enter

you feel like home

you purify yourself

you feel god


A place to show yourself,

somewhere to cry

to show your problems

without being judge.


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Face – Chapter 5 – Presentation

Here is my presentation about the chapter 5, The Crash, of the book we are reading with Pilar, “FACE”



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The Berlin Blockade

  1. What was life like in Berlin in the post-war era?
  2. How did Soviet policy towards Berlin differ from that of the West?
  3. Why was reform of the German currency a key issue for both sides?
  4. Why was the airlift such a major feat?
  5. In what respect can the USSR and US be responsible for further increasing tensions during the airlift?
  6. Why did Stalin eventually agree to talks over the airlift?
  7. Extension question:  Who was more to blame for Berlin becoming a major flashpoint in the Cold War, the Soviets or the Americans?


  1. After the Second World War, the life in Berlin was very difficult as it was really affected. Most of the population was decreased and the ones who survived had lost the mayorioty of their personal possesions. Moreover, the people now were very poor. Most of the habitants of Berlin wanted to recover, however, it was not easy at all. As Berlin was divided in four zones made the citizens to fell scared and confused.
  2. As the Soviets wanted to crippled Germany, but USA, Great Britain and France did not, the USSR cut the roads and ruts which connected to the West, thinking that they would let Berlin. Nevertheless, USA, Great Britain and France were still sending supplies to the West Berlin by airlifts.
  3. The West Allies which were Great Britain, USA and Francehad changed the currency of their sides from Berlin. Meanwhile, the USSR took this as an attempt of damaging the Estern part of Berlin’s economy.
  4. The airlift was such a mayor feat as the Western Allies were sending supplies to their zones as the USSR had cut the ruts to West Berlin. The Soviets did not like this idea of sending airlift and they would not give up easily. Finally, the Bloackade was broken down.
  5. The US and the USSR could be responsible for further increasing tensions during the airlift because as they were very suspicious of each other, they were always prepare of the other ones moves and steps. However, both of the countries were trying to go to war.
  6. Stalin agreed to talk over the airlift because as the Western Allies did not stop of sending supplies into Berlin, Stalin realized that they were not going to give up as he thought before.
  7. In my opinion, the USSR and the USA were both to blame for Berlin becoming a major flashpoint in the Cold War. On the one hand, the USSR was responsible because she did the Berlin Blockade which was the last straw. On the other hand, the USA had also been responsible as she had tested an atomic bomb without consulting the Soviets.
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Luego de visitar la casa rosada, Maria Laura nos pidió que hagamos un vídeo con las fotos y lo que grabamos acerca de esta visita.

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