The Escape – Letter

Since we read the story “The Escape”, our teacher Pilar asked us to write a letter from Patsy to a friend or to a relative. This is mine and Jose’s:

Dear Mum,
I am writing to tell yu seh I figured a way fi visit you. My friend Miz Ruby got me a job inna cake factory an she always asks me if me want to borrow money but me tell her me have everything sort out. She is a kind soul. Everything has to be carefully planed, my husband can’t find out. If he find out, he gwan hit me. Me don’t want him to hit me nor the children.. But me know he gwan hit them when me leave.
I have been telling Alton seh me am getting £8 wages but me am getting £12 wages actually. And the night me leave, Miz Ruby gwan put the clock back so seh he wake up later and me have more time to escape.
Me hope the kids gwan be alright and seh me get to Jamica safely.
Wish me luck,
Patsy

And this is the letter that Clara Burgio (from Senior 3) wrote pretending to be Patsy’s mother:

Dear Daughter,
            Oh, my dear lovely Patsy. Me can´t stand to see daughter suffering because of husband of her!. However me is happy of hearing about daughter. Me is glad tu hear gwud news. I want to tell yu me would be happy tu have daughter here in Jamaica. About economic problems yu know me can send wages to daughter´s house. How are daughter´s kids doing?. Me wants to see them and hopes dei are beautiful like daughter. 
Daughter doesn´t know how happy mum is because of her visit tu Jamaica. Me hopes everything gous well tu see daughter before me dies. 
Me wishes you good luck
Love yu,
                         Mum

Essay – Composed Upon Westminster Bridge

Since in class we’ve been analysing the poem “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge”, our teacher Pato gave us this writing task:

Choose one of the points to talk about in the essay.

1.    Compare the attitudes of the writers towards the city in “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge” and “The City Planners” or “The Planners”.

2.    Explore amazement at nature and man-made objects in “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge”.

 

In the following essay I am going to analyze the different attitudes of the writers towards the city in the poems “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge” and “The Planners”.

On the one hand, in “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge”, William Wordsworth is amazed and delighted by the beauty of the city. He already starts the poem by saying “Earth has not anything to show more fair”. He is exaggerating a lot because in this quote, he says that the city is the most beautiful thing that the Earth has to show. He is fascinated and feels inspired by this amazing landscape. Moreover, he was very lucky because a lot of positive factors helped him feel that way, for example, he was there at dawn, “The beauty of the morning; silent, bare”, which is, in my opinion, the most calm part of the day. And this is the time when people weren’t working yet since they are still asleep. He uses personification to make reference to this in line 12 when he says: “the very houses seem asleep” meaning that since no one is awake, the houses look like their sleeping when actually, the people are the ones sleeping. Also, the weather influenced, and he describes it in line 8: “All bright and glittering in the smokeless air. Never did sun more beautifully steep” and he also is saying that the air is not polluted as the factories are still closed. Nevertheless, he doesn’t criticize nature either.

On the other hand, in “The Planners”, Boey Kim Cheng feels exactly the opposite. He feels anger and disappointment and hates the city progress and modernization because he thinks that it’s destroying nature and history. He expresses this in the first two lines of the second stanza: “They erase the flaws, the blemishes of the past”, meaning that the planners are erasing the mistakes of the past (culture). In addition to this, when he says “Anaesthisia, amnesia, hypnosis” he means that history hurts people and leaves scars that people try hard to heal, and that the planners try to silence this pain by ‘hypnotizing’ and making people forget the past, history. Also, in lines 8 and 9 he uses alliteration because he wants us to pay attention to how nature is afraid of human beings and expansion, while it should be the other way around: “Even the sea draws back and the skies surrender”. We should be scared of nature “taking revenge” with natural disasters. And what’s worse, is that he also depicts how the planners are business men that have “the means” conveying money, territory, authority, control, power.

In conclusion, both writers have very different opinions about the city because while in “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge”, the writer has a very positive attitude towards the city and is fascinated by it, in “The Planners” Cheng has a very negative and ‘bitter’ view towards it.

Blanca Nieves – Ensayo

Ya que estuvimos estudiando las características del cuento maravilloso, nuestra maestra de lengua nos pidió que comparemos la versión de Blanca Nieves de los hermanos Grimm con la de la película Mirror Mirror y escribir un ensayo.

Este es mi ensayo:

La película “Mirror Mirror” es una obra del género paródico. En el siguiente ensayo voy a desarrollar mi respuesta.

Que sea una parodia no significa que sea una burla a la “original” versión de los hermanos Grimm. Simplemente que contiene repetición con algunas diferencias, pero sin burla.
Por un lado, ambas versiones contienen el elemento mágico, que es el espejo; ninguna se desarrolla en un lugar ni tiempo determinados, no se respetan las leyes de la naturaleza ya que hay pociones mágicas que hacen que el príncipe, por ejemplo, se convierta internamente en un perro; se exageran las características de los personajes, Blanca Nieves era muy buena y bondadosa o la madrastra era muy mala.
Por el otro lado, el tono de la película es más humorístico, mientras que el del cuento es más subjetivo y serio para poder transmitir mejor la moraleja. La película es contada desde el punto de vista de la reina y esté otro es contado en 3ra persona por una narrador omnisciente (cosa que es característico del cuento maravilloso). Y en la película, cambian lo obvio, lo que todos ya saben que se supone que va a pasar cuando, en vez de que la reina diga “espejito, espejito, ¿quién es la más linda de todas?”, el espejo le dice algo como: apúrate con casarte que en un tiempo ya no voy a poder decirte que eres la más linda”. Además, en la película no hay repeticiones, por ejemplo, la madrastra fue 3 veces a matar a Blanca Nieves; no se rompen la leyes de la naturaleza en el sentido de que la princesa no muere y luego revive; el príncipe aparece más adelante porque es más realista y para que haya más romance, más historia de amor y para que la niña no se enamore y luego se case con un completo extraño; el padre, en la película, no había muerto para que sea más adecuado para la sensibilidad de los chicos; en la versión de los Grimm el príncipe salva a Blanca Nieves al darle un beso, pero en Mirror Mirror sucede lo contrario y por último, en la película, los enanos roban en vez de ir a trabajar en las minas.
En esta versión más moderna no hacen el típico final donde el príncipe salva a la chica. Le dan más importancia a que la princesa se vea más fuerte y capaz de defenderse por su cuenta. Esto se muestra cuando Blanca Nieves reflexiona que en los cuentos de hadas, la chica siempre es salvada pero ella quiere defenderse sola.
En conclusión, la película Mirror Mirror es una parodia de la versión de Blanca Nieves y los Siete Enanitos pero no en forma de burla.