Since in our Biology class we’ve been studying the respiratory system, we learnt about gas exchange and compared inspired and expired air and made a chart about it:
As we studied ‘Ghost Stories’, we had to, not only write one ourselves, but also record it. This is mine:
For this term’s Lending Library I chose the book ‘Dear Nobody’ by Berlie Doherty.
This is the booktube I made about it:
In our Biology class we have been studying respiration more deeply. Therefore, our teacher, Male, asked us to work in groups and do the following activities. I worked with Luli and Bauti.
3. Anaerobic respiration produces an oxygen debt. This is the amount of oxygen needed to oxidise lactic acid to carbon dioxide and water. The existence of an oxygen debt explains why we continue to breathe deeply and quickly for a while after exercise.
4. This is a video that explains why breathing rate doesn’t slow down immediately after exercising.
In the minute 1:36 he begins to explain why and in the minute 1:50 he says that air also goes to muscles to help them recover afterwards.
As we’ve been studying the Gothic Novel as a genre in our Language class, in order to test our knowledge on how much we learnt, Pilar prepared a test for us:
TASK 1: Publish an infographic including the main characteristics of the Gothic Novel as a genre. Name at least two relevant pieces of work and their writers.
This is mine: ‘The Gothic Novel‘
And for the second task we had to prepare an interview to one of the authors of one of the three stories we read in class: ‘The Yellow Wallpaper‘, ‘The Cask of Amontillado‘ and ‘The Monkey’s Paw‘., following this task:
TASK 2: Imagine you had to interview one of the authors of these stories: The Cask of Amontillado, The Monkey’s Paw and The Yellow Wall Paper. Choose one. Find out about him/her and write the interview. What would you ask them? What would they answer? Publish your interview. (10-14 exchanges)
I chose to do it on Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the author of ‘The Yellow Wall Paper’.
I: Good morning, how are you?
C: Fine, thank you.
I: I must congratulate you for your story ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’. It is amazingly well written and is incredibly powerful!
C: Thank you very much.
I: It portrays very well the reality that many marriages face. What would you call that?
C: I would call it the deterioration of a marriage.
I: And may I ask what it was inspired on? If it is autobiographical as many people believe?
C: In a way yes, it was. My first marriage to Charles Stetson was a very hard time for me.
I: During that time you suffered from a medical condition, right?
C: Yes, almost immediately after we got married I started suffering from severe depression.
I: And both in your life and in the story, while going through this, there was a baby.
C: Yes, there was. In real life for me it was very difficult to take care of my daughter, Katherine, since, as I mentioned before, I suffered from post-partum depression and in the story the narrator goes through a very similar thing with her child.
I: So it could be said that there is some sort of parallelism between your life and the narrator’s life?
C: Yes, definitely.
I: What was the purpose of writing this short story?
C: I am a feminist, I encourage women to become economically independent, so through this story, I wanted for women to feel identified and to know that they don’t have to stay in that situation.
I: And you are the living example of that.
C: Yes, that’s right. I myself got divorced, got out of that situation and am living a much happier life.
I: What do you believe is the reason for that happiness?
C: My second marriage. I am now living my life the way it’s supposed to be. Not by being almost completely inactive and oppressed.
I: And those things that you attribute to your first marriage are also reflected in the story.
C: Yes. The narrator is constantly having to rest while her husband goes to work which again, represents not just my life, but the lives of many women.
I: Well, congratulations for your success with this piece of work! And thank you for coming and answering these questions!
C: It was my pleasure! Thank you for having me!
In our Literature class, the last poem we analyzed was «A Different History» by Sujata Bhatt. Therefore, we were asked to write an essay answering the following question:
Throughout “A Different History”, Sujata Bhatt deals with and reflects on various themes connected to the ideas of ‘culture, ‘values’, human struggle and religion.
Firstly, she depicts how she believes that many values have been lost due to the imposition and oppression of cultures. Although, throughout most of the first stanza, she focuses on one of India’s main value that wasn’t lost, which is the respect that people are supposed to have towards nature and literature. “You must learn how to turn the page gently (…) without offending the tree from whose wood the paper was made”, this quote shows a restrictive and firm side of Indian culture, that still stands, but thanks to the merge with other cultures, has become more flexible.
However, she focuses mainly on the loss of the native language, and does this by doing a memorable question in the second stanza: “Which language has not been the oppressor’s tongue?”. By asking this, she reflects on her own country and makes the reader think of their own situation. How nearly no country speaks their mother tongue, only the way of communicating that our ancestors were forced to learn. Besides, she is the living evidence of that. Being from India, but speaking English, is a clear example of how the British colonised the eastern country and imposed their own ways of living. In addition, the fact that it is a rhetorical question creates a bitter tone that shows how resentful she is about being deprived from her native identity.
Nevertheless, by naming Great Pan, a Greek god, she represents herself. This is because he, being half goat and half man, creates a parallelism with her, being half influenced by the Indian culture and by the English language culture. Therefore, she doesn’t only criticize the clashing of cultures, but recognises that culture and identity, are combinations. Combinations of what form us as people, either if it is different languages or religions that our ancestors passed on to us, or values that aren’t originally from our country, but that show our country’s history. This was also mentioned in the first stanza. How the influence of another culture, changed people’s stern perspective on how to treat nature and literature
Speaking of religion, by naming the latter god, and Sarasvati, an Indian goddess, she reflects India’s merge of religions. In the fourth line she expresses that “[there] the gods roam freely”, which conveys the country’s freedom to follow any belief that you want, which, during the colonial times, wasn’t allowed due to the oppression.
Finally, she finishes the poem with the idea of human struggle. She struggles with her identity because she is confused. She cannot possibly understand how, even though the conqueror has eradicated and ‘murdered’ the native language, “the unborn grandchildren grow to love that strange language”. However, this inner battle of confusion, disappointment and frustration comes to an end, because the fact that we’ve grown up to be proud of this language imposed to us, reflects how we have surrendered, the writer included as she acknowledges this acceptance on our behalf to worship this language.
In conclusion, the writer makes a lot of different points by dealing with the different themes. Such as the loss of values during the period of colonisation, the clash, imposition and oppression of cultures; the religious oppression that has been replaced by freedom to follow any belief, and the human struggle that is frustration, because of the incapability to speak our actual mother language, and confusion, because it seems impossible to understand how we’ve accepted this infliction of a different culture.
In our Language class we have been reading ghost stories in order to learn how to write one ourselves. Therefore, we had to create a poster with some of the vocabulary learnt in class and some examples.
I worked with Rochi and this is our poster: