Literature Assignment

This is an assignlent our Literature teacher usked us to do. We have to choose a stanza or set of lines of a poem analysed in class and show the connection with the hypothesis we elaborated in class, which is: “These poems share a criticism to the industrial, urban, rational and bellicose society of the 18th century”.

I chose this line from “Soldier, rest”: “Huntsman rest! thy chase is done”

I believe this is a clear example of the criticism shown towards the industrial, urban, rational and bellicose society of the 18th century because the writer is comparing a mercyless huntsman to a soldier. He criticizes the soldiers with this comparison because huntsman hunt to eat, they kill for food. It is a clear criticism to war and to people from that time, it is saying that they were going back in time, instead of going forwards.

Literature Essay #1 – Correction

This is the correction of the first essay we did in our Literature class so far. I worked with Gonzalo and we analysed an aspect of “The Yellow Wallpaper”. 

Essay Literature – Correction

“The Yellow Wallpaper” John is the villain of the story.

In the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Gilman, John, the husband of the narrator, is known to be the villain. As a ‘physician of high standing’, he assures his wife is going through a nervous depression, locks her up and vetoes her wish to write and relate to other people; because he is sure this will help her recover. He trapps his wife and leaves her alone, but only for her to get better. So up to what point is he the villain? He, by definition, is not the villain, but several times throughout the story, has villany behaviours.

To begin with, we know for certain, that John, through his knowledge as a physician, does what he thinks is best for his wife’s health. As the narrator says at the beginning of the story, he is “practical in the extreme”, he believes isolating her wife is the solution so no matter what she says or what she does, he will not let her out of the land. He thinks what he is doing is right, and she would eventually get better, but she does not in the slightest. He uses science to try and help his wife; he is not acting as a villain, but one may think so because his actions aggravate his wife.


Furthermore, he cares deeply for the health of his wife and does what he believes is right for her. Despite this, he can not help her at all simply because he does not think he needs the opinion of his wife, which is his first mistake. He ignores her when she wants to express herself, when she tries to tell him what she really needs, what she really is going through “…John would not hear of it”. Without the point of view of the diseased, it is very difficult to know exactly what goes through that person’s mind and spirit. So we realize that although John has good intentions, he acts upon what he believes is right, not upon what his wife, the one who is suffering, tells him. What he does ends up harming his wife, but that is not his objective, since he is not trying to be a  villain.

Despite this, we must hand it to him, he shines at some moments, and helps his wife, which he does not know mean so much for her. For example when she tried her best to express her needs but failed when she started crying uncontrollably, and then he “…gathered me up in his arms, and just carried me upstairs and laid me on the bed, and sat by me and read to me till he tired my head”, he, without the use of medicine, did what was best for his wife. It is in this moments that we come to respect John, and we understand that everything he does, he does for his love. Therefore, he is not the villain, because he has good and caring intentions.

In contrast, the woman obeys what her husband tells her to do, and realizes he is wrong, but decides not to act upon it. She trusts him, and so she fights with herself to get better under the conditions her husband gives her, “he takes all care for me, and so I feel basely ungrateful not to value it more.”, she puts up with everything John says because she knows he wants only the best for her, and so she accepts everything, not being able to go out of the land, not being able to talk to anyone, not being able to write. She loves him, so she sticks to him, even though he is hurting her. He makes his wife suffer like hell, but she realizes, as we readers do, that he only wants what is best for her, so he must not be considered a villain.

John makes an error by using science and medicine to cure his wife, and is stubborn enough as to ignore the negative responses of his wife to his methods to cure her. He does help her at times, and that is when she realizes he, despite what is shown in his actions, has good intentions, because he loves her. She loves him too, and so she obeys him and stays by his side because she knows her husband is not a villain, but a man who lacks perspective and who believes science, medicine and reason is the answer to all the struggles in life.

Gonzalo V. Avila & Mara Ripoll

Ode on Melancholy – Presentation

In our Literature class we have been studying and analysing different poems from the romantic genre. We devided in groups and worked each group on one poem, then we did presentations and shared them in class. We compared them all and got to an interesting conclusion. I worked with Bauti, Nico and Catu. This is our presentation on the poem “Ode on Melancholy”.

Homeostasis: Control of Blood Sugar Levels

In our Biology class we have been studying Homeostasis, and in order to understand how it works, in terms of the control of blood sugar levels, our teacher, Male, asked us to make a flow chart showing what happens when the levels of glucose in blood increase and decrease.

This is the flow chart I made:

*flow chart*

NEGATIVE FEEDBACK: the negative feedback control system responds when conditions change from the ideal or set point and returns conditions to this set point. If the level of something rises, control systems reduce it again and if the level of something falls, control systems raise it again.

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This is a comparison table between Diabetes type 1 and type 2:

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GENETIC ENGINEERING: process to make sure there is enough insulin for everyone who needs it. It involves transfering artificially selected genes from one living organism to another living organism of the same species.

 

FLOW CHART – REGULATION OF GLUCOSE:

High blood glucose – insulin is secreted – Liver cells use glucose in respiration and some is stored as glycogen – blood glucose consentration falls – normal levels of blood glucose.

 

Low blood glucose – glucagon is secreted – liver breaks glycogen into glucose – glucose is released from the liver into the blood and glucose consentration rises –  normal levels of blood glucose.

Endocrine System

These are some questions we did in class to introduce the topic of Endocrine System. I worked with Catu Grosso.

1) A hormone is a chemical substance, produced by a gland and carried by the blood, which alters the activity of one or more specific target organs.

2)

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Testis produces testosterone, and ovary produces oestrogen.

3) Adrenaline is produced in the medulla in the adrenal glands as well as some of the central nervous system’s neurons. Within a couple of minutes during a stressful situation, adrenaline is quickly released into the blood, sending impulses to organs to create a specific response. It triggers the body’s fight-or-flight response, it prepares your body for a vigorous action. Gives you more energy, your heart beats faster. It  also triggers the blood vessels to contract to re-direct blood toward major muscle groups, including the heart and lungs. The body’s ability to feel pain also decreases as a result of adrenaline, which is why you can continue running from or fighting danger even when injured. Adrenaline causes a noticeable increase in strength and performance, as well as heightened awareness, in stressful times. After the stress has subsided, adrenaline’s effect can last for up to an hour.

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Essay On “The Yellow Wallpaper” – Correction

This is the correction Gonzalo and I did on the essay, after checking on Ceci`s feedback. Plus, we added a conclusion following Ceci`s indications. Hope you like it!

“The Yellow Wallpaper” John is the villain of the story.

In the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Gilman, John, the husband of the narrator, is known to be the villain. As a ‘physician of high standing’, he assures his wife is going through a nervous depression, locks her up and vetoes her wish to write and relate to other people; because he is sure this will help her recover. He trapps his wife and leaves her alone, but only for her to get better. So up to what point is he the villain? He, by definition, is not the villain, but several times throughout the story, has villany behaviours.

To begin with, we know for certain, that John, through his knowledge as a physician, does what he thinks is best for his wife’s health. As the narrator says at the beginning of the story, he is “practical in the extreme”, he believes isolating her wife is the solution so no matter what she says or what she does, he will not let her out of the land. He thinks what he is doing is right, and she would eventually get better, but she does not in the slightest. He uses science to try and help his wife; he is not acting as a villain, but one may think so because his actions aggravate his wife.


Furthermore, he cares deeply for the health of his wife and does what he believes is right for her. Despite this, he can not help her at all simply because he does not think he needs the opinion of his wife, which is his first mistake. He ignores her when she wants to express herself, when she tries to tell him what she really needs, what she really is going through “…John would not hear of it”. Without the point of view of the diseased, it is very difficult to know exactly what goes through that person’s mind and spirit. So we realize that although John has good intentions, he acts upon what he believes is right, not upon what his wife, the one who is suffering, tells him. What he does ends up harming his wife, but that is not his objective, since he is not trying to be a  villain.

Despite this, we must hand it to him, he shines at some moments, and helps his wife, which he does not know mean so much for her. For example when she tried her best to express her needs but failed when she started crying uncontrollably, and then he “…gathered me up in his arms, and just carried me upstairs and laid me on the bed, and sat by me and read to me till he tired my head”, he, without the use of medicine, did what was best for his wife. It is in this moments that we come to respect John, and we understand that everything he does, he does for his love. Therefore, he is not the villain, because he has good and caring intentions.

In contrast, the woman obeys what her husband tells her to do, and realizes he is wrong, but decides not to act upon it. She trusts him, and so she fights with herself to get better under the conditions her husband gives her, “he takes all care for me, and so I feel basely ungrateful not to value it more.”, she puts up with everything John says because she knows he wants only the best for her, and so she accepts everything, not being able to go out of the land, not being able to talk to anyone, not being able to write. She loves him, so she sticks to him, even though he is hurting her. He makes his wife suffer like hell, but she realizes, as we readers do, that he only wants what is best for her, so he must not be considered a villain.

John makes an error by using science and medicine to cure his wife, and is stubborn enough as to ignore the negative responses of his wife to his methods to cure her. He does help her at times, and that is when she realizes he, despite what he`s actions show, has good intentions, because he loves her. She loves him too, and so she obeys him and stays by his side because she knows her husband is not a villain, but a man who lacks perspective and who believes science, medicine and reason is the answer to all the struggles in life.

Gonzalo V. Avila & Mara Ripoll