My Son The Fanatic

After reading the short story by Hanif Kureishi, “My Son the Fanatic”

we were asked to answer the following questions. I worked with Alina, Tota and Clari.

1. What prevents Parvez from communicating directly with his son?
He is afraid of confronting him, and finds it easier to find the answers on his friends, who speculate on possible situations that the son might be going through, which results in the worst. They prejudge him.

2. What is Parvez’s dream for Ali’s future?
He wishes his son to become an accountant to fulfill his bigger dream that is to fit in the English society.

3. How would you describe the personality of the following characterize:
a. Parvez
self-centered, cares a lot of image or reputation, idealistic, doesn’t have a paternal image, etc.
b. Ali
fundamentalist, able to do anything in order to transmit his religious beliefs, even sacrificing his life and other innocent ones.
c. Bettina
She is a prostitute, who tries to help and give advice although she doesn’t have children.
She interferes in Parvez and Ali relationship which might not be the best option, as it weakened their relations.

4. How would you describe the following relationships?
a. Parvez and Ali at the beginning of the story
They are strangers. They live under the same roof but barely know each other. Parvez had an idealistic son but Ali showed him that he was not who he thought.
b. Parvez and Ali at the end of the story
They finally revealed their true self at each other and derived in a serious conflict, which even involved violence.
c. Parvez and Bettina
They support each other and provide company and advice. They also were involved in a sexual relationship.
d. Parvez and his coworkers
They do not have enough confidence to show themselves as they really are, and have a superficial relationship.
e. Parvez and his wife
We don’t know anything about their relationships. They don’t share anything more than a son, to whom they didn’t have a relationship either.

5. What advice does Bettina give Parvez?
To talk to him, listen and find the true side of him. Understand his teenage mind, who is going through a temporary face in his life that with time will go away.

6. What memory from Pakistan haunts Parvez?
It is a memory about his childhood when he went to school where they forced to learn the Koran, even when tiredness conquered them. This strict and insistent measures made him walk away of any type of religion.

7. What rules does Ali criticize Parvez for breaking?

Drinking alcohol & eating meat

8. Why does Parvez like England?

Because they have access to anything they want there, and doesn’t have to follow any religious beliefs that condition their lives.

9. Why does Ali hate London?

Because he believes that western education cultivates an anti-religious attitude.

10. What was the “last straw” that led Parvez to violence?

When, after having excessively drunk, goes to Ali’s room and finds him praying, after all that have happened.

11. What does Ali mean in the last line of the story?

By saying that, he intends to say that he is no longer the only fanatic. His father has shown that he is so caught up in his ideology of adapting that his son.

Task 2

Complete the plot diagram online

Task 3

Finally, choose one of the following tasks to write between 450 and 600 words

a. write a different ending of the story.

b. write a letter to Parvez showing empathy.

c. write the story from the point of view of the mother.

I chose option but was handed in on paper.

Descriptions

In our literature class, Pato gave us the task to choose 2 pictures and write a description connecting them.

This is the work that I did with Clari and Vicky.

Photo number 1 takes place in a fancy restaurant. The setting conveys a formal and congenial atmosphere, with jazz music lifting softly through the ceiling. Pleasurement is also a feeling that is spreaded in the armonius restaurant, but is drastically interrupted by a couple arguing. The women is taking a leading position, and is shown furious expressing a discomfort towards his partner. His partner, on the other side, is retaliated and receiving all the verbal punches coming from her wife. We can guess they are arguing about the husband having an affair, driving the woman to a total sense of annoyance and distrust. The mood that prevails in this scenario is a tense one, full of insults and doubts and lacking chemistry.

We can link it with the fifth picture. It also portrays a stressful situation being dealt by a man, which in this case is crowded with work. He feels trapped into his obligations, not allowing him to find a way out of his anxiety. The setting in place is a disorderly and filthy office, which tends to drive people to an unwanted state of depression and oppression. This situation is a reflecting mirror of the inner state of mind of the man, that is as tangled as his office itself. He is probably dealing with a sense of being between a rock and a hard place, guessing he needs to achieve a tough goal in a short deadline.

 

Histograms

In our history class we have been studying the industrial revolution and Lenny have came uo with the idea od creating Histograms for different characters of the age.

With Clari Allende, we have chose Sarah Guppy who is a modest English engineer born in Birmingan in 1770 when the industrial revolution was powering its way through the northern and midland countries of England.

Here’s our feed, check it out

instagram.com/sarah__guppy1770

Essay on La La Land

This is the essay I have written about the lovely movie “La La Land”, which we have watched on our literature class.

How does the movie deal with the tension between “dreams” and “reality”

La la land is a musical romantic-comedy written by Damien Chazelle which follows the life of two aspirants of artistic success, one while being an actress and the other a jazz musician, who both happen to get together and fall deeply in love. Individually but still together, they launch themselves in the arduous journey of making their voices heard and pursuing their dreams. This road implies a lot of effort and sacrifices and leads to the important decision of choosing between living in “La La Land” where everything can be solved by singing and dancing or the reality where they have to compromise things that they love in order to accomplish their dreams.
This steady tension between dreams and reality is conveyed through Mia’s and Sebastian’s characters, who despite the high dream that they pursue, and the many challenges they face, they do not give up. “It is difficult to follow your dreams. It’s a tragedy not to”,  is the motivator that they had probably stuck in their minds. Being an actress or a jazz musician has a lot of dares, and this sets the characters in the disappointing situation of modifying their plans in order to make them meet reality. With Mia’s suggestion “I think you should call it Seb’s because no one will come to a place called Chicken on a Stick” we see an example of this, where Sebastian faces a simple conflict of his bar’s name, but we can see another more complex one when he meets with Keith. “How are you gonna be a revolutionary if you’re such a traditionalist? You hold onto the past, but jazz is about the future” is an important quote of the movie, where once more the protagonist crashes against the reality wall, and where he finally understands that sacrifices have to be made.

Mia also understands what efforts are, as being aware of the need of having a steady job, works in a coffee shop that definitely doesn’t attract her at all. She understands that in order to reach her dream, she has to do things that she doesn’t like, as well as not doing things that she actually wants, such us going to auditions. Although there are some critical moments when Mia wonders whether their whole lives are a “pipe dream” as they find the road pretty hard, driving them to believe that stepping back might be the best solution; both characters eventually accept that life is like it is, and that cannot always get what they want. They persevere. They try and try harder each time, because they have their goals set on their minds, and as they are so caught up on them, they find it difficult to give them up.

This idea is clearly seen in one of the most debatable outcomes of La La Land, where all the magic of dreaming becoming true drastically clashes with reality, making the audience finally understand the real concept of the movie or even life. Once again, choices and sacrifices determine the joyful and expected ending of the couple accomplishing their dreams together as a perfect couple. Contrasting with most movies where that could or even should have happened, La La Land takes a more realistic outcome, and grounds directly on real life where things don’t always exactly work out. After trying hard to arrange and helplessly support each other, the couple understands that both things can’t happen at the same time, so they split up, as the pursuit of their careers takes precedence over all the efforts to maintain their relationship.

All in all, La La Land is an excellent movie which manages to balance both dreams and reality in the same scenario and depict how they coexist together, and at the same time strongly influence each other. Simultaneously we have the daydreaming musical movie, where singing and dancing is all it takes for life to go on; and a much more difficult outline where challenges and barriers obstruct on their journeys. However, these obstructions end up helping the protagonists to set foot on the ground and see what life really is, and where they learn that dreams are worth fighting for even when everything seems upside down, because after all a “bit of madness is the key”.

To The Evening Star

This is one of the poems that we have worked on this term, in our literature class.

Poem:

Thou fair-hair’d angel of the evening,
Now, whilst the sun rests on the mountains, light
Thy bright torch of love; thy radiant crown
Put on, and smile upon our evening bed!
Smile on our loves, and while thou drawest the
Blue curtains of the sky, scatter thy silver dew
On every flower that shuts its sweet eyes
In timely sleep. Let thy west wind sleep on
The lake; speak silence with thy glimmering eyes,
And wash the dusk with silver. Soon, full soon,
Dost thou withdraw; then the wolf rages wide,
And then the lion glares through the dun forest:
The fleeces of our flock are cover’d with
Thy sacred dew: protect them with thin influence!

Summary:

He paints the night sky with an image of Venus’ constant silver glow gently coaxing the world to bed and bringing stillness and silence to the world. Its light is positioned as being protective and keeping out the evils of the world, but only for so long. The poem ends with a plea for Venus to stay and protect his flock from the dangers of the night.

As always, the poem isn’t that simple and where Blake positions Venus, we can also see an analogy relating to mankind’s relationship with God.

Short Biography:

William Blake was a famous poet, painter and engraver of the late 18th century and early 19th century. Blake was a radical, anti authority figure.

William Blake was born at 28 Broad Street in Soho, London on 28 November 1757. His father James Blake was a hosier. He and his wife Catherine had 6 children. Apart from William they had 4 boys and 1 girl. From an early age William Blake was artistic. He also had ‘visions’ of things like angels. When he was 14 William was made apprentice to an engraver called James Basire. William served 7 years and became an engraver himself in 1779. Blake also wanted to paint and the same year he became a student at the Royal Academy of Arts.

On 18 August 1872 William Blake married Catherine Sophie Boucher at the Church of St Mary in Battersea. Blake also wrote poems. A book of poems called Poetical Sketches was published in 1783. In 1789 he published a book of poems called The Song of Innocence.

In 1793 Blake published Visions of the Daughters of Albion. The same year, 1793 Blake published The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Also in 1793 Blake published America, a Prophecy.

In 1794 Blake published a book of poems called Songs of Experience. It included the famous poem The Tiger. The Book of Urizen was also published in 1794. Also in 1794 William Blake published Europe, a Prophecy.

In 1800 William Blake moved to the village of Felpham near Bognor in Sussex. Then on 12 August 1803 Blake got into a fight with a soldier named John Schofield who entered his garden. Schofield later told a magistrate that Blake damned the king of England during the altercation. William Blake was tried for sedition (a serious charge) in Chichester in January 1804. However he was acquitted. Meanwhile in 1803 Blake and his wife returned to London. In the years 1804-1810 William Blake wrote and illustrated his poem Milton. The famous poem Jerusalem by William Blake was first published in 1820. Also in 1820 Blake painted a miniature called The Ghost of a Flea.

In 1825 Blake was commissioned illustrate Divine Comedy by Dante but he died before he could complete the task. William Blake died on 12 August 1827. He was buried in Bunhill Fields in London.

Romantic Poetry Characteristics

Highly value the individual

centralizes emotions

emphasis on Nature

emphasis on imagination and creativity

stepping away from science and other logical explanations
(away from enlightment)

Emphasis on symbolism

Focuses on the poet’s thoughts and feelings about certain subjects

some Romantic Poetry can be very gloomy as well

Also focuses on the supernatural

 

 

Mindmap Evolution of Capitalism

Together with Juan Cruz and Agus Bravo, we did this mind map for our history class about the evolution of capitalism.

Check it out 😉