Ensayo sobre la mujer

En nuestra clase de Literatura estuvimos leyendo sobre las hermanas Ocampo y su rol en la Literatura como mujeres. En base a esto nuestra profesora nos pidió que escribiéramos un ensayo sobre la debilidad de la mujer.

El diccionario de la Real Academia Española define el “sexo débil” como un conjunto de mujeres. ¿Por qué es esto? ¿Por que después de tantos años seguimos siendo considerando a la mujer “el sexo débil”? ¿Somos realmente al sexo débil, o es sólo una creencia la cual hemos convertido en realidad?

Si retrocedemos en el tiempo, Europa por ejemplo en el siglo 19, podemos decir que la mujer tenía muy pocos derechos, casi ninguno comparado con las mujeres de este siglo. Se quedaba en la casa, se ocupaba de la educación de sus hijos, se dedicaba a la cocina y limpieza de su hogar, no tenía salida laboral, mucho menos derecho al voto.

La mujer era tratada como un ser inferior, el hombre. Yo creo que nos convertimos en al sexo débil, el momento en al que le permitimos el hombre tomar decisiones por nosotras, en el momento en el que dijimos “si” en vez de “no”. En el pasado la mujer no tomaba decisiones en lo que respectaba su propia vida, y así fue que muchos hombres aprovecharon para hacernos sentirnos débiles, inferiores, y tomar control de nuestra vida como si no nos fuera propia.

Hoy en día la mujer es más libre que aquella que vivió en al pasado. Esto en parte se debe a que algunos hombres nos permitieron tener una voz, decir lo que pensamos, tomar nuestras propias decisiones. Pero también en parte se debe a que decidimos ser fuertes, más fuertes que nuestros opresores, y tomar las riendas de nuestro propio camino.

Si hablamos de la biología del hombre y de la mujer, podemos decir que al hombre es un ser más fuerte que la mujer. Físicamente al hombre es más fuerte y robusto que la mujer, es menos fuerte y delicada que el. Pero hoy en día ya no podemos decir estas cosas. La mujer ha demostrado ser igual o más fuerte que el hombre muchas veces.

Por último podemos hablar de la salida laboral que se le presenta a ambos géneros. Un empresario a la hora de tomar un nuevo empleado, y tener que tomar la decisión entre un hombre y una mujer, va a elegir al hombre. Pero no va a tomar esta elección porque uno esté mejor capacitado que el otro, sino por la cantidad de dinero que le costará tener un empleado masculino, y otro femenino

Si la mujer fuera a ser tomada como empleada en una empresa, y quedara embarazada, tendría que tomar una licencia de nueves a doce meses, para cuidar de su hijo, mientras que si al hombre fuera a tener un hijo, sólo tomaría una licencia de tres meses. A un empleador, que debe pagar un salario mensual a sus trabajadores, le conviene contratar a un hombre, con el cual no corre un riesgo de licencia tan alto como la mujer.

¿Podemos decir que somos más débiles por tener menos derechos, menor fuerza, o menor salida laboral? No, no podemos. Las mujeres no somos más débiles que al hombre, pero si tenemos una vida más complicada y más obstaculizada que el. No todos somos iguales, todos tenemos nuestras diferencias, estas nos pueden hacer más fuertes o débiles, pero nadie nos puede decir que somos débiles, por ser mujeres.

Virtual Period: Analysing “I find no peace”

For our weekly Virtual Period our teacher Literature teacher gave us this assignment to analyse the following poem,


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?

He isfighting  the  feelings towards a woman that is not his. He already has one who he already loves, but there is also another one, and this conflict between both women and being in love with two people at the same time makes him suffer. Nothing can put him out of the misery of loving two women.

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

He uses metaphors and similies like: “I burn and freeze like ice.” And he also uses “I desire to perish, and yet I ask health.” Among others. These two are examples that show the wirter using metaphors to express the contradictory feelings he has for both women.

3. How many separate paradoxes are in the poem?

There are 10 paradoex throughout the poem.

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

So many paradoxes in the poem show that the voice in the poem is in love, but hates himself for it, and has many mixed feelings about his lovers. He is confused, but in love.

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

The general topic in lines 1-4 is nature. The writer uses many expressions involving nature itlself, and other paradoxes are about the feelings of human beings. For example “I fear and hope. I burn and freeze like ice.”

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

The general topic in these lines is improsnment, or isolation. The voice is not physically improsoned but he is a prisoner of his feelings towards the two women he loves.

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

He hates himself becuase he loves another, this is because he feels guilty of loving two women at the same time. The fact he is in love with two people makes him hate himself. Because he will end up hurting someone, who he loves, and this will also hurt him.

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

Because when we are delighted by something, we are not supposed to suffer for enjoying it. But for the voice, his delight, causes him pain and suffering.

9. To what extent do you think the paradoxes are an accurate expression of the feelings of a person in love, particularly in light of the fact that in the 16th century the completely free and unchaperoned meetings of lovers were not easily arranged?

I believe that this paradoxes are a clear expression of what being in love, and with two people at the same time is. Back in the 16th century it was very difficult to be married and have a lover, so for him it must be hell. We see how hard it is for him to be in love with two women in the poem, with all the paradoxes he uses.

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

The paradoxes capture the speaker’s agonies perfectly. Through them we see all his pleasures, delights, but also his pain and suffering. We see how badly he feels for loving two people at the same time.

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

Jacobins and Girondins

For this weeks Virtual Period our Hisotry teacher gave us this assignment:

Find a picture that best represents the Girondins and one that best represents the Jacobins. Give the characteristics of each group at the beginning of the French Revolution. The due date is June, 9th. 


  • Formed in Paris
  • Left-wing revolutionary politics
  • They were relatively moderate in their demands, but they soon became more extreme
  • Supported Louis XVI execution
  • Jacobins clubs were later organized in provinces too and served as debating societies
  • Allies to the sans-culottes, popular work force of working-class Parisians
  • Supported the rights of property, presented a much more middle-class position


  • They came from the South of France
  • Supported the rights of provinces to influence the revolutionary movement
  • Encouraged negotiation with Louis XVI
  • Campaigned for the end of the monarchy
  • The Girondin leader was Jacques-Pierre Brissot

Poem: Rooms

In our Literature class we read the poem “Rooms” and had to analyse it.



I remember rooms that have had their part

     In the steady slowing down of the heart.

The room in Paris, the room at Geneva,

The little damp room with the seaweed smell,

And that ceaseless maddening sound of the tide—

     Rooms where for good or for ill—things died.

But there is the room where we (two) lie dead,

Though every morning we seem to wake and might just as well seem to sleep again

     As we shall somewhere in the other quieter, dustier bed

     Out there in the sun—in the rain.

Answer the following questions

1. Read about the writer.

Make notes about her life and about what may have influenced her writings.  Why is it said that the life of the writer was a tragedy?

Haunted by unrequited passion and tormemted by fears of madness, but she still managed to write great poems of passion and beauty. She loved most.of her life in poverty. She hated the fact that she was mad. But this led her to write great poems about unrequitted love, she wrote about death as a place where we could finally find love and serenity.

2. Read the poem: how are “rooms” described?

Each rooms describes a moment in her life. A relationship that ended. A trip or a disease. Every now and then, she goes back to those rooms that are in her head and remebers what it felt like to be in love, or sick. She has rooms from Paris and Geneva. Rooms in the beach, or rooms for when she was sick. There is one room where she and her lover died, where their relationship ended, and they both lay dead now.

3. “The poem offers us a poignant account of loss as qualified through the depiction of abandoned rooms. Rooms are the physical means to which relationships are developed and consecrated. It entails intimacy and love, as well as abandon and death. It shelters individuals, as well as couples, from the harshness of the natural elements outside, providing them with a private and cosy space. There is also a sense of shifting dependence as the couples travel from room to room, leaving their trails behind and simultaneously having images of the abandoned rooms imprinted upon their memories.”

Account for this with quotation from the poem

– “Though every morning we seem to wake and might just as well seem to sleep again”

This quote makes reference to the intimacy and love the room they died in represented, and also makes reference to abandonment and death.

– “As we shall somewhere in the other quieter, dustier bed. Out there in the sun—in the rain” 

 This quote shows a sense of shifting dependence as the couples travel from room to room, leaving their trails behind and simultaneously having images of the abandoned rooms imprinted upon their memories.

4. The poem begins “I remember”. What does this tell you about the voice? And the tone?

The fact that the poem begins with “I remember” tells me that the voice is remeniscing her past, visiting her rooms, her past, and she does this with a nostalgic and melancholic tone.

5. What is the theme in your opinion? What is the tone?

The themes in this poem are Love, Wisdom and Age.

Virtual period Activity (Deadline: May 15)

Read the following poem and compare and contrast it to “Rooms”  in terms of style, language and form, paying special attention to their portrayal of abandoned rooms.

Home is so Sad
by Philip Larkin

Home is so sad. It stays as it was left,
Shaped to the comfort of the last to go
As if to win them back. Instead, bereft
Of anyone to please, it withers so,
Having no heart to put aside the theft

And turn again to what it started as,
A joyous shot at how things ought to be,
Long fallen wide. You can see how it was:
Look at the pictures and the cutlery.
The music in the piano stool. That vase.



The Storming of the Bastille

As we have been seeing the French Revolution and all the causes that came along with it, for this week we had as a virtual period the following task:

Imagine you are a French citizen who was involved in the storming of the Bastille. Later that night, write your diary entry, explaining what happened (from your viewpoint) and expressing your fears, wishes, hopes for the future, etc. Be as creative as possible in finding a voice for that character to make it sound realistic.

Dear Diary,

I have waited for this day a long time. When the Assembly gathered last week and finally decided that it was time to take over the Bastille, not only to release our fellows but also to take the weapons that would help us defeat the monarchy I felt relieved and free. Because now we were giving ourselves the chance to become a democracy, to draw  a Constitution, and make our way though life.

We decided the attack would take place with the first rays of light. The whole Assembly was there, even the nobles who had shown their support and now were leading us to our freedom from this feudal system.

It didn’t take long for us to walk in the Bastille and take the weapons, as well as our fellows. Most of them were in shock. They couldn’t believe we were finally begining a Revolution. I couldn’t belive either. When I first came to realise what was happening was when I saw the warden’s head on a pike.

This day will forever remain in history and I’m happy to be a French, and I am thrilled to be a part of this Revolution.

Causes of the French Revolution

We have been analysing the French Revolution in our History class. We were assigned as a virtual period task, the following:

To integrate the work we’ve been doing on the causes of the French Revolution, you have to draw a diagram relating all the long and short-term causes we studied. You should also rank them according to how important you think they were in the development of the revolution (you can do this in the same diagram or separately). Upload this  in your blogs by April, 28th.

Biology activity pag. 177

In our biology class, we have been studying coordination and response. Here’s the activity I did with Jose.


a) In which direction does this synapse allow a nerve impulse to travel?

The nerve impulse travels from the left to he right as the vesicles release the neurotransmitter into the synaptic cleft. Then the neurotransmitters attached to the receptor moleculed in the relay neurone.

b) Describe the roles of the parts labelled A and B in transmitting a nerve impulse from one neurone to the next.

The vesicles contain the neurotransmitters.

The receptors receive the neurotransmitters and trigger a nerve impulse in the relay neurone until it reaches the next synapse.

c) Suggest the role of the mitochondria shown in the diagram.

The mitochondria is where respiration takes place and where energy is released for the neurone to transmit nerve impulses.