Ode on Melancholy

In our literature class, we read the poem “Ode on Melancholy” by John Keats. Here are our answers to the questions.



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The Destructors: essay

Question 1


After WW2, London was destroyed because of the Blitz. The story takes place there, and the hole story is based on the consequences of the destroyed town. It contributes to the story in many ways.


First of all, the fragmented society because of war was very notorious. The children and Mr Thomas were the two sides of human nature. The children, brutally affected by the war, were the evil part of society. They lost their compassion, trust, hope, everything they had, “we’ll show him we don’t take bribes”, that’s the way the kids reacted then Mr Thomas gave them a chocolate. As the story takes place in London, the centre objective of the Blitz, the society was very affected by that. On the other hand, Mr Thomas was the kind and less affected part of society. This man represented the little hope that was left after war. The destroyed London it could be seen as a symbol of the fragmented society, is as destroyed as the city.


Furthermore, the idea of the kids of breaking Mr Thomas’ house came from the setting in London. As Mr Thomas’ house was one of the only things that survived the horrible bombing, it was a symbol of hope and strength. The kids hated that, and decided to destroy it “We’ll pull it down”. If the setting were in anywhere else, the idea of destroying something so big wouldnt go through the kids’ mind. Since the society was so affected, they wanted to rip apart everything that could mean hope and little strength.


In conclusion, the setting affected the fragmented society and the destruction of London in the Blitz took to the destruction of the house.

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The Destructors

Sigue leyendo

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Dulce Et Decorum

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Questions “The Lady in the Looking Glass”


1. The looking glass “framed” Isabella, wh. she looked at herself in the looking glass, all the superficial things that she carried fell off. She stood completely naked in front of the mirror, making the readers able to see what were her thoughts and feelings, she had none. The mirror framed her, uncover and found Isabella’s inner self.

2.The images reflected in the mirror are images of death. While the lady was standing in front of the mirror you could see that, even though she seem calmed and normal on the outside , she was dead on the inside.
While the inside of the house was very messy and lonely, the outside was full of life and bright. This contrast between the two places, inside and outside, reflect the lady’s state of mind, she was calmed on the outside but a mess on the inside.

3. The objects inside the house are described as constantly moving; chaotic. While the objects outside the house are described as fragile. The mirror reflects this two states of mind.

4. The facts known about Isabella’s outer self are that she had a lot of money. Also that she had travelled all around the world, and we can say this because she had gathered one thing from each country she was in. Also she was a spinster, and she seem to not have any family connections.

5. We can suppose that Isabella Tyson is a very materialistic and rich woman. She is what she chooses to show; the physical part. Isabella is a spinster.

6. The letters that Isabella wrote concealed her inside self, so her personality and her illusions. So if you read the letters you could see what she’s thinking and feeling.

7. Yes, in the end of the story Isabella realizes that she is dead inside and she is naked of personality, so her reality is given away to the reader, and we realizes that she is lonely and lost.

8. We can know one’s inner self but at the same time, it is empty so there is nothing to know. At the beginning we think that Isabella owns some letters that we later come to realise that they are nothing but bills.

9. We believe the mirror is a reflection of the inner self, in the story, it has the role of discovering the real Isabella, and make her see how empty she is. The mirror is a metaphor of purification, self realization, in this case, what Isabella really is.

10. The stream of consciousness is a technique that Virginia Woolf used when she wrote whatever that came through her mind. She used Isabella to convey her feelings, thoughts and ideas. At the end of the story, we realize that Isabella and Virginia Woolf is empty inside.

Find a picture of a room inside and a garden to illustrate the house in the story

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The Lady in the Looking Glass

In this post I am going to compare “The Lady in the Looking Glass” with some of Borge’s stories. Borges usually deals with circular stories and the metaphor of “mirrors” as Virginia Woolf in that story.
In the story of Virginia Woolf, the story ends and starts with the same phrase, that transmits the same message: “People should not leave looking glasses hanging in their rooms”. This sense of “circular story” is also present in “Biografía de Tadeo Isidoro Cruz”. The main character tries to escape from his destiny, he started being a gaucho, but several reasons he ended up working for the authorities, that send gauchos to the border to fight. He was betraying his principles, but in a fight with Martin Fierro, he sense his roots and join Fierro in the battle. This story ended the same way it started, as “Lady in the Looking Glass”.
Another feature present in Virginia Woolf’s story is the metaphor of “mirror”. Although in this story is literal, and the mirror is present physically, in Borge’s story the protagonist see himself in Fierro, that he belonged with him and the gauchos. He had a self revelation, as Isabella in the end of the story, when she stood naked in front of the mirror, she understood who she was.

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Virginia Woolf

Way of writing:

Virginia Woolf was a very important woman writer in the XX century. She was impressionistic, a literary style which attempts to inspire impressions rather than recreating reality.
She also used stream of consciousness is a narrative mode or method that attempts to depict the multitudinous thoughts and feelings which pass through the mind.

Personal life:

She was born in 1882, her family relatives were important people (as her famous friends), and involved with literature. Her mother, Julia Jackson, died when the child was twelve or thirteen years old. Virginia and her sister were educated at home in their father’s library.
Early traumas darkened her childhood that inspired her writings, including being sexually abused by her half-brothers George and Gerald Duckworth, which she wrote about in her essays.
1912, eight years after her father’s death, Virginia married Leonard Woolf, a brilliant young writer and critic from Cambridge. They shared interests in the same topics (literature, etc).

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Rooms & Home is so Sad

In this post, I am going to analyze the series “The Sinner” with the two poems, “Rooms” and “Home is so Sad”. The themes are nostalgic memories, sad ones, rooms and homes that make you feel uncomfortable and sad when they are meant to show safety and coziness.

In the series, the protagonist suffers from a trauma created by a room and things connected to that room and what happened in there. With this comparison, we can notice the great tension and power that a room or house can retain. The two poems refer to the emotional charge a place can have, it can be a good vibe as it can be a bad one. In “The Sinner”, this room and objects contain a very bad and powerful charge that could awake an emotional trauma in a decent woman. In this series, the themes of the two poems can be easily distinguished, as, in that room, the protagonist has sad memories that don’t want to revive, and in “Home is so sad” the feelings that objects or a place can awake in a person are represented too in “The Sinner”.

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The Hollow of the 3 Hills

When we read The Hollow of the 3 Hills, the witch that is described it made me think about my infance, the witch of Snow White.

Description ” the other was an ancient and meanly-dressed woman, of ill-favored aspect, and so withered, shrunken, and decrepit, that even the space since she began to decay must have exceeded the ordinary term of human existence.”

As we can see in the picture, the witch in Snow White is old, contains gothic elements as the witch in The Hollow of the 3 Hills (black magic). As we read the description above, we can find several similitudes. For example: “was an ancient and meanly-dressed woman, of ill-favored aspect”.

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“Rooms” and “Home is so sad”

Activity 1


Activity 2 

The second activity is posted in a poster made in Canva!


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