History Interviews

The character Salvador and I are interviewing and working with is James Watt.


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In history we analyzed differnt characters, mainly artists, politicians and inventors, and we did an instagram account based on ther lifes and work. I worked with Salvador Castagnino. and we chose James Watt as our character.


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Evening in Paradise

-What kind of writer was he? Explain.

was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters

Milton’s poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and self-determination, and the urgent issues and political turbulence of his day. Writing in English, Latin, Greek, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime

The Metaphysical poets were a group of writers of the 17thcentury, whose leader was John Donne, that reflected the crisis of their age through a new way of writing. The phrase “Metaphysical poetry”, which identifies the literary production of this period, was created later and could be misleading: in fact in its literal meaning it concerns with the main problems of nature, universe and man’s life.

-He wrote Paradise Lost. What is it about?

Now came still Evening on, and Twilight gray
Had in her sober livery all things clad;
Silence accompanied; for beast and bird,
They to their grassy couch, these to their nests
Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale.
She all night longer her amorous descant sung:
Silence was now pleased. Now glowed the firmament
With living Saphirs; Hesperus, that led
The starry host, rode brightest, till the Moon,
Rising in clouded majesty, at length
Apparent queen, unveiled her peerless light,
And o’er the dark her silver mantle threw;
When Adam thus to Eve: “Fair consort, the hour
Of night, and all things now retired to rest
Mind us of like repose; since God hath set
Labour and rest, as day and night, to men
Successive, and the timely dew of sleep,
Now falling with soft slumberous weight, inclines
Our eye-lids. Other creatures all day long
Rove idle, unemployed, and less need rest;
Man hath his daily work of body or mind
Appointed, which declares his dignity,
And the regard of Heaven on all his ways;
While other animals unactive range,
And of their doings God takes no account.
Tomorrow, ere fresh morning streak the east
With first approach of light, we must be risen,
And at our pleasant labour, to reform
Yon flowery arbours, yonder alleys green,
Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown,
That mock our scant manuring, and require
More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth.
Those blossoms also, and those dropping gums,
That lie bestrown, unsightly and unsmooth,
Ask riddance if we mean to tread with ease.

Paradise Lost is about Adam and Eve How they came to be created and how they came to lose their place in the Garden of Eden, also called Paradise. It’s the same story you find in the first pages of Genesis, expanded by Milton into a very long, detailed, narrative poem. It also includes the story of the origin of Satan. Originally, he was called Lucifer, an angel in heaven who led his followers in a war against God, and was ultimately sent with them to hell. Thirst for revenge led him to cause man’s downfall by turning into a serpent and tempting Eve to eat the forbidden fruit.

-Now, read the poem and say what you understand from it using your own words. (work on vocabulary)

glowed: give out steady light without flame

slumberous: sleepy; heavy with drowsiness, as the eyelids. 

riddance: the action of getting rid of a troublesome or unwanted person or thing.



Task 1: We could clearly say that the comparison between evening and paradise is an analogy as the author is trying to show how the evening and resting are the time of paradise every day, after working hard all day long. Also, with this comparison, he explains how the terms are seen from the point of view of religion.

Task 2:”Now came still Evening on, and Twilight gray” ”Labour and rest, as day and night, to men
Successive, and the timely dew of sleep,”

These two quotes talk about day and night. The first one sets the poem in the exact moment when the day ends and the night beggins. The second one, shows Adan talking about the day and night from a more religios or human point of view, which says that we should work during the day and rest during night.

”Silence accompanied; for beast and bird,”

This quote represents the nature which was present in the poem. It talks specificaly abou animals and birds. In my opinion birds are seaparate as many of them migrate all day long so different to others, almost don’t sleep.

“With living Saphirs; Hesperus, that led”

This quote talks about jwelery and probably represents luxury and the matetial world which has a clearly a conection with the religious world.

 Task 3:Enjambment is used by the writer to set a rhythm and to catch the reader’s attention.

  • In order to emphasize, Milton uses rimes

“Of night, and all things now retired to rest
Mind us of like repose; since God hath set
Labour and rest, as day and night, to men”

  • He uses aliteration

these to their nests were slunk”

to express an emotional charge, to highlight the idea that at night it is as if animals must go and rest.

  • Anaphora is used, in this case, to emphasize the atmosphere of tranquility  that ruled the night, as in this example

Silence accompanied; for beast and bird,
They to their grassy couch, these to their nests
Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale.
She all night longer her amorous descant sung:
Silence was now pleased. Now glowed the firmament”

Task 4:  Is the scene portrayed just a peacful natural scene? Could this be a funeral  scene? Account for this.
For me the peacful natural scene is clearly portrayed by sleepig or resting because is the only moment you have for yourself after a hard day of work. Peace only reaches to you at that moment and that is why it is so valuable, you can think, you can relax or whatever you want, you are free. It depends, it only could be a funeral scene if you die  in natural terms and not for other reason. If it is like that, death will be an eternal sleep that could bring peace forever and this could be a funeral scene. If it is not natural, neither peace or natural will reach you.
Task 5:  Words related with day/night and rest/sleep
“Brightest” “sleep” “light” “work” “Heaven” “fresh morning”
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I worked with Eugenia Kenny and Lucia Frias.


Task 1: Choose 10 quotes to analyse in deep


All this time no one had remembered Ravi. This quote is near the end of the story. It is a strong one. It is ironic since Ravi had tried so hard to win the game,which would make everyone remember how good he was, and yet no one had recognized him as a winner nor himself. It is hard for Ravi to get to know that all the time he had been fighting to overcome his fears and hide in the shed had no results. No one remember the existence of Ravi. He had been forgotten. It is sad, and extremely difficult for Ravi.

silence by a terrible sense of his insignificance. The final line of the story is this one. It sentence the unpleasant feeling of Ravi, who even by facing his fears he had not accomplished what he truly wanted. He was no longer crying. The funeral like silence showed the sadness and anguish Ravi felt. It is a strong image that the writer creates in the reader in order to convey in a stronger way how Ravi felt.
No life stirred at this arid time of day. The setting in place is, as well as Travis’s feelings towards the end, is lifeless. Nothing moves, there aren’t the appropriate conditions to something to move. The place has no movement, no life, no joy. It settles the reader’s mind to an atmosphere where these sad feelings predominate.
He had wanted victory and triumph – not a funeral. he wanted to win. Ravi wanted to have a triumph so badly. He put all his energy and power to win. He faced fears, and other things. Yet what he found was not that. In fact was the complete opposite. He qualifies the situation as a funeral. To the other kids he had been forgotten, as if he was dead.
He hugged his knees together and smiled to himself almost shyly at the thought of so much victory, such laurels. Here Ravi is in the shed. Fighting against the immense fear he had towards being there alone. Yet he manages to smile, he knows that getting over the fear would have big and great consequences. He would win. Something he really wanted.The image created in the reader is so vivid and powerful. It helps it connect with Ravi in all the ways possible.
‘You’re dead,’ he said with satisfaction, licking the beads of perspiration off his upper lip, and then stalked off in search of worthier prey… This quote foreshadows Ravi’s child mentality. After and during his moment alone in the shed he changed and became more mature and grown up. “You’re dead” is completely focused and told directly to Ravi losing his innocence.
Ravi shook, then shivered with delight, with self-congratulation. This quote shows how Ravi was making a change as he was doing an enormous effort to win the game, to show he was no more the weakest kid and that he could do things like everyone. He is passing through a transition moment. Also this gives us a view that he was not doing this for nothing, that means he is in the path to grow, be more mature. And with this phrase “with self-congratulation” he is telling that he is doing the effort only for him and his accomplishment make him feel proud.
…a dark and depressing mortuary of defunct household goods… This quote describes perfectly where Ravi was hiding, the shed. This description is not only for us to have an image of how that place look like, also is given like this to show how brave Ravi was for choosing that spot to hide himself and that he was starting to change a child’s attitude to a much more mature one.
…the shed smelt of rats, ant hills, dust and spider webs. Also of less definable, less recognizable horrors. once again a clear description of the shed is done by Desai, to make the reader feel deeply how the setting was. This also helps the reader understand how hard was for Ravi to be there, as a consequence how important was for him to win. In the end if he was willing to face all that just for winning. It must have been really important. The vivid description Desai does helps the reader portray in their heads the place. Helping it imagine everything with more detail.
…he hadn’t much faith in his short legs when matched against Raghu’s long, hefty, hairy footballer’s legs. This quote is almost at the beginning of the story and shows clearly that Ravi was not even confident on himself and that he was under his older brother’s capacity or facilities. He felt here he was less than them, in this case than Raghu. This also demonstrates how his attitude at first was, showing that he was a kid.

Task 2

The rite of passage consists on five steps that someone needs to go through to reach maturity. In “games at twilight” Ravi, the protagonist, has an object of desire, that is defeating Ragu and winning the game that they were playing. This element is very necessary because Ravi needs to aspire to something to complete the other elements.

At the beginning of the story Ravi decides to break the rules and he decides to play with the other kids, and for this they break the rules that Mira, the girl in charge, put, that was not to pass the porch. In this we also find another element completed that is defying authority.

As the story proceeds, we find out the challenges that Ravi had to face. One of this was the fearful and gloomy shed in which he had to stay in order to win the game, and the other was to confront the long legs of the oldest kid playing. The object of desire would not be reached if he hadn’t faced this fears. Another step of the rite of passage is completed and is to have a dare or challenge.

In the last steps the reader finds out that the protagonist is not able to complete this process of maturity because he is not able to accept and understand that he has been left aside and forgotten. The kid could have processed and accept this and he could go to play another game, but instead he lays on the grass, experiencing suffering.

To conclude, the rite of passage is not completed because Ravi could not fulfill the last elements of understanding and acceptance.

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History Last Virtual Period

In History, Julia gave as the following task as our last Virtual period assignment:

You have to do some research on the development of the railway network in Argentina (as influenced by the English) in the 1800. Provide also a map of the network at the time. (You can/should establish a comparison with the network nowadays and/or with the network in England in the 1800).

Railway Network by 1800:

   Resultado de imagen para railway argentina 1800

The first railways in 1855 were built with Argentine finance, which continued throughout the network’s development. Following the adoption of Bartolomé Mitre, these railways were sold off to foreign private interests, mostly British. Some of this railways were sold at 8.1 million pounds (of that time) during 1890s. By 1914, the Argentine rail network attained significant growth having added 30,000 km to the network, which positioned the country as having the tenth largest rail network in the world in that year.

Railway Network now:

Now, The railway network has a size of over 36,966 Km, while during 1800 its size was around 9,690 km. Today,it is smaller than it once was, but still the 8th largest in the world. As the picture shows during 1800 our railway network was expanding and growing a lot, reaching almost every province of the country. A lot of finance was being invested in the railway, which ended up raising a lot as well and calling the attention of the British. We can see that now there is a huge increase on the network but it also shows that our railways were well standed since 1855.

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Ensayo sobre los cuentos de Juan Rulfo

En clase, tras trabajar con el boom latinoamericano, el realismo mágico y algunos cuentos de Juan Rulfo, Camila nos dio la siguiente consigna de trabajo:

Escribir un ensayo argumentativo en el cual se justifique la relación de los cuentos de El llano en llamas, de Juan Rulfo, con la narrativa característica de los autores del boom latinoamericano.

Presentar al menos 3 argumentos.
Utilizar citas pertinentes.
Analizar ambos cuentos leídos en clase.
PRESENTACIÓN: en el blog, en una entrada independiente con título “Ensayo sobre los cuentos de Juan Rulfo”



El boom latinoamericano fue un fenómeno literario que no solo surgió entre los años 1960 y 1970 sino que también marco a la literatura latinoamericana de ahí hasta la actualidad. Juan Rulfo, nacido en México 1918, fue parte de este acontecimiento cultural con sus cuentos de  “la noche que lo dejaron solo” y “Nos han dejado la tierra” ambos dentro de su obra El llano en llamas. En este ensayo voy a demostrar la relación de estos cuentos con la narrativa característica de los autores del boom latinoamericano.

En primer lugar, una de las razones por la que puedo decir que estos cuentos son parte del boom latinoamericano es por la manera que se utiliza para presentar y describir al territorio latinoamericano. Rulfo a lo largo de estos dos cuentos usa la naturaleza como herramienta para mostrar a los lectores la realidad de como se ven estos territorios. La narrativa característica del Boom Latinoamericano tiene por un lado la abundancia y la exageración de la naturaleza para así mostrar como esta presente acá a diferencia de Europa por ejemplo. Esta complejidad y fuerza o poder que se le otorga a la naturaleza es digna de América latina solamente y es por eso que Rulfo la usa de este modo. “Después de tantas horas de caminar sin encontrar ni una sombra de árbol, ni una semilla de árbol, ni una raíz de nada” cita encontrada en Nos Han dado la tierra claramente deja a la vista que Juan Rulfo utiliza la naturaleza para presentar sus cuentos y poner en contexto donde esta por transcurrir la historia. Esta presentación que Rulfo hace acompañado de la naturaleza se relaciona con la narrativa del Boom Latinoamericano.

En segundo lugar, puedo decir que ambos cuentos pertenecen al Boom Latinoamericano debido a que Rulfo presenta a la sociedad o a los personajes de un modo el cual se puede parecer a uno característico de la narrativa del boom porque ellos sufren de desigualdades no por sus propios fallos sino por injusticias del gobierno las cuales ellos no pueden hacer nada en contra. Al el presentar a la sociedad como sufrida de injusticias, marginalidad y opresión política podemos identificar otra relación con el boom ya que este tiene como característica una Latino América afectada por gobiernos,guerras y revoluciones. Tanto en La noche que lo dejaron solo  como en Nos han dado la tierra se puede ver esto. En el primero 3 hombres tratan de escapar de que los atrapen para seguir con vida y en el otro 4 hombres exhaustos por las nuevas condiciones de vida que tienen debido a donde tienen que vivir ahora luego de ser expulsados o sacados de sus hogares. En ambos se ve que hay presencia del gobierno pero que su función o resultados claramente perjudican a algunos en las sociedades.

En tercer lugar, considero que estos cuentos forman parte del Boom Latinoamericano por el modo en el cual los personajes de los mismos sufren de problemas económicos los cuales causan una calidad de vida muy baja y un estilo de vida devastador. Esta no es característica propia del boom pero la desigualdad en la que compara y de la forma en como se llega a esta situaciones lo es. “Eso manifiesten lo por escrito. Y ahora váyanse. Es al latifundio al que tienen que atacar, no al Gobierno que les da la tierra”. Esta cita de Nos han dado la tierra  muestra como el gobierno y las injusticias dejan en estas situaciones a algunos en la sociedad, marginando los, sin darle algún tipo de beneficio. Esta es la conexión que yo encuentro porque se puede ver como en Latino América algunos solo buscan en bien de uno dejando atrás al otro.

En conclusión, puedo decir que ambos cuentos escritos por Juan Rulfo pertenecen al Boom Latinoamericano debido a que por las tres razones analizadas en los anteriores párrafos, sus cuentos se relacionan con las características narrativas del boom.

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Film: “Marie Antoinette”

As virtual period, Julia, our history teacher told us to answer these questions based on the movie Marie Antoniette.

1)Marie Antoinette is sometimes referred to as “The Teenage Queen”. What attitudes in the movie can show that?
2)After her first child is born she shows many changes in her attitude and lifestyle. How? Provide examples. Why do you think that happens?
3)Some historians have often suggested that Marie Antoinette’s behaviour helped encourage agitation in the people at the beginning of the Revolution. Can you find any instances in the movie that confirm or deny this claim?
4)Towards the end of the movie, we see a more mature woman. How does she show she has somehow stopped being “The Teenage Queen”?


  1. Through out the whole movie Marie presents attitudes which are common in a teenager´s life. For me, her rebeldy is the characteristic that shows this the most, she’s never comfortable with following the novelties rules. At the Frenchh court, all she did was party and drink, shop for clothes and shoes, she also broke the rules at court, the most important was that she cheated on her husband Louis.
  2. The change of Marie´s attitudes and lifestyle came after her first child was born. Because she decided to take really care of her and to make her life much more happier. This also causes happines to herself as they spent nice time in the countryside. She became a much more mature women and teach her daughter many things, this helped both of them.}
  3. Yes, because during the entire movie it shows how Mari Antoinette spent plenty of the money on jewelry and expensive things. I think this attitude helped to encourage agitation in the people at the beginning of the revolution because they clearly dislike that she only matters on what she was wearing or how her palace was decored.
  4. For me, the moment when she reached to the maturity point is when the castle is attacked and everyone should go and her husband told her to leave and take care of the children but she did not obey him and stayed there at his side showing that she is not affraid and had a little bit of courage.
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Napoleon Bonaparte-History Virtual Period

In History, we have been reading about Napoleon Bonaparte and how he finally made it to power, and so, we were given the following virtual period task:

Find key information about Napoleon Bonaparte’s life (dates, early life, achievements, political career, etc) and prepare a short powerpoint, prezi or any kind or presentation with it. (This is not for any oral presentation, just to post in your blogs).



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Literature Virtual Period ‘An Englishman’s Home’

Task of the week:

Get together (2-3 people) and choose 5 questions to explore in detail. Write the answers in your blog.

I worked with Juan Cruz Subirá and Felix Okecki


1) Coda is an ending part of a work of literature or drama that is separate from the earlier parts. In this story we can say that ‘Coda’ is present because the ending differs from what during the story the center was. At first, as we all know, Metcalfe’s desire of becoming a true countryman or old rich was the point in which the story was developing but later the center of this satire changes and are the two unknown brothers who bought their territory. Clearly the ending part is separate from the earlier parts.

3) during the whole story, the aristocracy as it was at the top of the status of society is trying to leave a side or below them the new rich. As at that time was not well seen by aristocrats to have a relationship with new rich or other lower class people, Lady Peabury by saying “ I was just getting ready to go out” is hiding the relation with Mr Metcalfe. This is one example. Also, “build” is the main word expressing how the aristocracy is not letting anything interfere in their path. As we read in the story, a group of businessman are trying to “build” in their territory, but for old rich this can not happened. “Build. It was a word so hideous that no one in Much Malcock dare to use it above a whisper”. This quote shows how for this countrymen was a tragedy to have a building in there as everything will be ruined. This is clearly an exaggeration that expresses that they were so mind closed of not even give an opportunity to something else.

6) We can find in the story two different images, the countryside where old rich lived and the urban area where industries, factories and people worked.
The countryside was a large and flowered piece fo land area. Few people lived in there in luxurious houses, the aristocrats. This large pieces of land were not used to work, it was a waste, and belonged to the aristocracy for years.
The story does not gives a complete image of the urban area, it is not so present. But the story deals with industrialisation due to the fact that this topic is what  brings the “problem” to the story. The urban area is represented by the two men that were “planning” to build a factory, and so aristocrats became crazy as their beautiful houses and garden would be contaminated. Industrialisation for aristocrats was the worst thing ever.

7) Mr. Metcalfe is the character shown as the outsider, he wants to belong, and the two men who are going to “build” are also outsiders. But Mr. Metcalfe is treated with respect and the people that lived in there did not hate him although he was a new rich. Instead the two men are treated as “intruders” and as the enemy. By the end of the story the newcomer, Mr. Metcalfe is not accepted but shares something with the true countrymen and that build a relationship although true countrymen did not wanted.

9) The letters are used in terms of character, narrative and reader response, as Mr. Metcalfe tries to inform the others that a construction is going on. But this letters show more that terms of the character, narrative and reader response, they show how stubborn the old rich are, also Mr. Metcalfe, and they make the ironic element in the story, as they show a satire of old rich.

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Literature Virtual Period “I Find no Peace”

In Literature, we were given as a virtual period task, the following:


I find no peace, and all my war is done.

I fear and hope. I burn and freeze like ice.

I fly above the wind, yet can I not arise;

And nought I have, and all the world I season.

That loseth nor locketh holdeth me in prison

And holdeth me not—yet can I scape no wise—

Nor letteth me live nor die at my device,

And yet of death it giveth me occasion.

Without eyen I see, and without tongue I plain.

I desire to perish, and yet I ask health.

I love another, and thus I hate myself.

I feed me in sorrow and laugh in all my pain;

Likewise displeaseth me both life and death,

And my delight is causer of this strife.


1-What situation is the speaker reflecting on? 

1) The poem deals with love, but the speaker as he is having different views and feelings, is reflecting on this clear theme. He is disconcert due to that he suffered but is still not feeling happy.

2-What metaphors and similes does he use to express his feelings?

2) “I find no peace, and all my war is done.” This is a metaphore showing that he has passed through a lot of things and all his suffering is done.

“I fear and hope. I burn and freeze like ice”. This is a similie, that is used to transmit how confused, showing clearly disconcert towards love.

3-How many separate paradoxes are in the poem?

3) In the whole poem there are 10 different paradoxes, that helps the writer to transmit his total confusion and his mixed feelings.

4-What is the cumulative effect of so many paradoxes?

4) The presence of so many paradoxes makes a clear effect, by them we can realize how affects the speaker and at the same time manipulates him. He is uncertain, towards what to do and how to feel.

5-What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 1-4?

5) In these lines, the general topic of the paradoxes is absence of serenity, intensity and confusion

6-What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 5-8?

6) In these lines, the general topic of the paradoxes is twisted mind and also trapped by his feelings.

7-Why does the speaker in line 11 declare that hating himself is the consequence of loving another?

7) In my opinion, in line 11 the speaker declare that hating himself is the consequence of loving another because he feels that as he is giving everything for the other and not caring much for his own, he could may be hurt.

8-Why is it ironic that his “delight” is the “causer of this strife”?

8) This sentence is ironic because as delight can not be a cause of strife, is a contradiction. This make no sense as delight is a causer of joy.

10-To what extent do the paradoxes capture the agonies of the speaker?

10) The agonies of the speaker are completely capture by the paradoxes as they shows how disconcert the speaker is towards love and as in them are included metaphores and similies we can imagine what situation he was passing through.

11-Then, prepare an animation using Animoto to illustrate this poem with pictures.

11) Animoto

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