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Postcolonial Literature

In our Literature class we have read a story call “A Horse and Two Goats”. We have analyzed the macrocosm of the story that is Postcolonialism. Here is a SlideShare that explains what is Postcolonialism.

A Horse and Two Goats – Essay

In our class of Literature we have read a story call “A Horse and Two Goats” and we have to write an essay which the main theme is the clash of cultures. Here is mine.

The most important thing in A Horse and Two Goats, and in fact the central theme of Narayan´s work, is the clash of cultures. Do you agree?

Narayan is considered to be a post-colonial writer since he was born in India when it was an English colony, but produced his literature after setting free from the English. I strongly believe that the central theme of his work is the clash of cultures. This can be easily seen in the story “A Horse and Two Goats”

The story pivots on the encounter between a red-faced man, that is, an American and Muni, an Indian man who over the years has gone down hill. This meeting is both funny and sad because the communication between them is completely disrupted. At the very beginning, when the American gets off the car, Muni´s first thought is run away due to the fact that the mas is wearing khaki clothes, concluding that he is either a policeman or a soldier, this  shows how, from the start of the conversation, one talks about a thing (either the gas problem or the statue)  while the other thinks of another, such as being arrested. Clearly not getting the right message.

After that, Muni is able to overcome his fear and greets the man in Tamil, but later on, understanding the man only speaks English, he says the only words that he knows, “yes,no” and then continues talking on Tamil. Another instance of miscommunication takes place when the man offers his card. This proves how their cultures differ.One thinking of giving a presentation card and the other thinking he was getting a warrant.

In conclusion, it can be seen that the main theme in the story is the clash of cultures. This is seen in most of narayan´s literature pieces of writing and can be prove with all I have analyze

The Fly in the Ointment – Essay Ideas

In our class of Literature we read a story call “The Fly in the Ointment” and we make some ideas to make an essay question.

The Son’s Veto – Analysis

This is a SlideShare showing the analyse of a story that we have read in our class of Literature call “The Son’s Veto”.

Fly in the Ointment – Essay

In our class of Literature we had read a story called “The Fly in the Ointment” and we made an essay about one topic: Harold’s Father 2 Faces.

Is it possible to say that the father has two faces?Why (not)?

In “The Fly in the Ointment” the character of the father appears to show an unstable personality. The following essay will analyse the possibility that he has two faces.

To begin with, the story makes reference to the fact that the main character does not hold the same attitude at all times. In fact, “[his] son noticed for the first time that like all big-faced men, his father had two faces.”From the beginning of the story, Haroldrealises that his father behaves according to what is convenient for him. As a result, he must wear a mask in order to hide his identity.

In front of society, the father is said to have a “big face”, which he uses to cover up the fact that he is bankrupt and has lost his business. This outer faceis “like a soft warm and careless daub of innocence sealing-wax…”The words soft, warm and innocence create an image of the father as one who is sensitive, pure, generous, selfless, helpful, kind and caring. That is to say,it is a peaceful mask he wears to confront the social gaze.

This totally opposes his true nature. Harold’s father loves money: he’s greedy and materialistic. For example, when his son offers him money, the father immediately changes his attitude: from being a victim to be pitied due to his current economic situation to being hungry for money.

This can be seen towards the end of the story when he says, “‘Raise it?’ … ‘Why didn’t you tell me before you could raise money? How can you raise it? Where? By when?’”He expresses himself quickly, briefly and desperately then, thus giving great importance to the issue of money.Duringthe conversation, however, he pretendsto be interested. This means that the father sees the conversation as useless.Hedoesn’t seem to value the father-son relationship. If the son had spoken before, the father wouldn’t have faked or tried to show a good face, he wouldn’t have become affectionate or close to his son.

The father’s double personality can also be associated with the title. A “fly in the ointment” usually refers to an element that seems to ruin or spoil a subject’s enjoyment. In the context of this story, it could be said that the perfect mask that Harold’s father wears in society and allows the conversation to flow is ruined both by the literal fly that buzzes in the factory and by the father’s greedy nature.  In other words, his big face, which provides the positive aspect in the conversation, collapses due to the fact that the father is materialistic.

In view of the aforementioned arguments, it is possible to say that the father in the story has two personalities, or rather, faces. This is due to the fact that he constantly changes his attitude whenever the issue of money is addressed.As a consequence, what prevails is his true nature, his true self.

Summer Farm – Analysis

In our class of Literature we had analyzed the poem “Summer Farm” revising for the Term Test. Here is the analysis.

Literature Essay – “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge”

In our class of Literature we had read a poem called “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge” by William Wordsworth and our teacher told us to make an essay. This is my essay.

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

“Composed Upon Westminster Bridge” is a poem written by William Wordsworth which describes how amazed is the writer about the city of London in the early morning. He feels amazement for both elements from nature and man-made objects.

First of all the writer personifies the city because he states that its heart is resting, “And all that mighty hearts is lying still!”, as the sun is rising due to the early morning. In addition he assumes that this same heart beats quickly during the day. He finds that the city and nature co-exists harmonically, “All bright and glittering in the smokeless air”, this means the smoke that shimmers from factories, towels or the city itself does not pollute London. These two examples clearly show the positive view the writer has of the man-made objects. He feels amazed by them and does not think they interfere with nature, on the contrary, they co-existed.

Secondly the writer expresses his amazements with regards to nature, “Never did sun more beautifully steep”, Wordsworth personifies the sun by saying that it has never shown so wonderfully and lively in the city; as if the sun were extremely happy to lay its rays on the city. Another example of nature personified and being happy to be part of the city is the river, “The river glideth at his own sweet will”. Here it can be seen that river is feeling wonderful moving at its own pace. Moreover, the word “sweet” goes hand in hand with the positive feeling the writer is describing.

In conclusion the amazement that the writer feels for the city of London is shown on natural elements as well as man-made objects.


Composed Upon Westminster Bridge

These are some questions that our teacher, Pato Chujman, tell us to do answer in relation with the poem we had read in class. My group was: Rochi Hartmann, Lucia Roggero, Agustín Segura, Luz García Fernandez and Juan Ignacio Lutowicz.

1) What is the effect of the personification of the sun and the river?

Its makes us understand that they have lots of importance. They are described more vivid and precisely.

2)In what ways does the city resemble a natural space in this poem?

Smokeless air, quiet, beautiful, magestic, calmness, peaceful, silent, splendour.

3)  Why would the sunlight be more beautiful on buildings than on natural landmarks like valleys and hills?

Because buildings need the sunlight, not artificial lights. It made more beautiful for describe it.

Horses Analysis – By Senior 3

This is an analysis made by Senior 3 of a poem we have read in our class of Literature, “Horses”.

Summer Farm – Analysis by Senior 3

This is a Prezi showing the analysis that Senior 3 made of a story that we had read in our class of Literature.