Eportfolio Lady in the looking glass-questions

After reading the story «Lady In The Looking Glass Pato told us to do some questions she assign us that were in her blog.

This is Pato’s blog here you will find the questions and this are our anwers I did with Francisco Montoya. Pato makes us do this questions so we could revise the story and be prepared for the term test.

In this group work, I felt that I could organise the work between both of us I notice sometimes I can be very annoying when I am telling someone what to do, hopefully I noticed it so I can change it. We worked together pretty well and we could finish our work and we were happy with the result.

I relate this story with another story we read some years ago named «The prison». In this story the main character feels a prisoner of his own mind so he can not take desicions for himself, which made his life very miserable and no one knows how he really is feeling. I relate this with «The Lady in the Looking Glass» questions as in this we talk about how the main character looks as person that has a perfect life with a perfect graden, but she doesn’t. AS no one really know her they don’t know she is not enyoing his life as the character of «The Prison» Tommy.


A leave taking Eportfolio

In our literature class we divided in pairs. I worked with Ramiro Aizpiri and we both and analyse the poem «A leave taking»

This is our presentation.

Apart from analysing the poem we had put the biography of the author in the presentations. This work consists in making us work together so we can share ideas and help each other in the subject. This also help us to see another point of view when you read the poem.

As I have said before working in groups help and I think is an excellent idea to make us do it. Moreover I can see that not always everyone will think the same us a I do. Working in groups not only shows that, it also shows the things that I am good at and the ones I am not. For example drawing, my partner Ramiro was the one that did the drawings as I am not good at it but I could give him ideas. I also saw that I could understand poems easier than before. This year, I do not think this is difficult as in other years, now I feel confortable and relax with this type of works.

I associate this poem with the story «The destructors». In this poem some of themes are sadness and depression. But the thing that makes me relate the poem to «The Destructors» is the character named Trevor. This character has a sad and depressive life but no one knows about it. In the war his lost his house and family and that is why he is full of bad energy. I relate the pain Trevor feels with the one the narrators feel too.

Art as a form of creation-First work- E-Portfolio

Yesterday, each one of us show to their groups chosen by Pato the material we brought to class related to death and war. This material could be a photo, a video, a poem , an article or a drawing.

I brought a picture from a movie and a video which shows the scene in which this picture appears. The picture is from the movie atonement. In one of the scenes the protagonist Robbie is in Dunkirk where he is injured and exausted. While he was resting he dies and then his friend covers him with the first thing he found. This shows how bad war is. What is causes and how much damaged it can do.


https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GCEA_enAR820AR820&tbm=isch&q=atonement+robbie+death+images&spell=1&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjBsPDK_bziAhUvHbkGHfjuDW8QBQg7KAA&biw=1088&bih=526&dpr=1.25    (First image)

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMEvsBeIL1g

We read a poem name «Soldiers, rest» in which it is about a soldiers who had been injured in battle and is suffering and he wants to rest, meaning he is ready to die as he can not keep on living. In my picture and video of the movie Atonement, where the main chartacter goes to sleep and dies.

One of my teamates had a similar idea, so he try to look for a photo of a dead soldier. He found a picture of a soldier helmet on top of a gun and another soldier showing respect. What it all symbolises is that the dead soldier is told when he is saluted by his fellow that he has already done his job and that he can rest now.

I relate this work with the novel «El Coronel no tiene quien le escriba» we read in Lengua. I relate how unfair the government in the poem and in the novel are. In the poem I think the government is unfair because, the people that started this war, the ones that take orders are not fighiting. Then the people that did not declare this war had to fight it for their country. In the novel the government does not give El Coronel his pensión. After being a militar all those years they can not give him his pensión for all his job. In both the poem and the novel the government affects the people.


Task 1: Watch the following video and take notes.

Task2: Make connections between the video and the text. Write the summary.

An e-portfolio is a way people can learn. If you are a student you can learn from your mistakes and have what you have learn in class. An E-portfolio is a colection of work that is recorded in an electronic format. E-perfolio is a new way people and be more organised so they can study. At first it isn´t that attractive but when you keep using it, it is pretty helpful.

Task3: Visit some blogs from the students who are in Senior 5 now. Check out their last year portfolios. Choose 3 students and say:

-what you like about their portfolio

-what is missing according to what you have read

I choose Margui Muller, Gonzalo Criniti and Juana Perez Muniz

Gonzalo: What I like of his portfolios is that he related his related the poems and stories and explain them very well but what I did not like about it was that he explain it but he did not anaylise it to much. He show some literary diveces for example but in total were very few.

Juana: Juana´s portfolio is very complete she anaylised very good the poems and the stories but I did not liked that she always use the same method which were good but I would like more if she had done other methods.

Margui: What I pay more attention of her portfolio was that she talk always very personally, meaning she always was giving her opinion and saying how she felt. But the thing is I do not know what is wrong as she always show what she thought and shown graphics and more. It is a very complete Portfolio. I may not agree in somthings she said but it was very well justified.

Lady in the looking glass-Questions


3)What kind of contrast is there between the objects inside the house and outside the house, as they are reflected in the mirror?

5)What are the known facts about Isabella’s outer self?

6)What material objects inside and outside the house does the narrator use to imagine Isabella’s life?

7)What are Isabella’s letters supposed to conceal, according to the narrator? What would one know if one could only read them?

9)In this story Woolf questions whether the inner self of an individual is finally knowable. What do you think is her conclusion? Provide support for your statement.

10)What do you think is the role of the mirror in the story? How has the mirror been used as a metaphor in literature?




The contrast that is generated through the mirror, between the garden and the interior of the house. its mainly the difference between the visually beautifullnes, that is to say a lot of green and the shades of colors. In addition to, the climate and the atmosphere. on the other hand there is the interior part of the house, which is in poor conditions. The house is described as old giving it a macabre and messy and chaotic touch. Besides, What history really wants to hire in addition to the garden and the interior of the house, is the feelings and what this woman shows to the people. that is to say that she really shows on the outside a reality that does not represent her, because inside she is distraught and sad.


The facts of Isabella´s outer self seen by the other in the story are not true. We as readers we are the only ones that know this as we can see what people think of her and how she really is feeling. They think about her happy life her gorgeous garden and her beauty. The thing is all these people can not see her inner self so they would never know how she feels. 


The narrator uses elements of the story such as flowers to describe Isabella’s life. Use, for example, «Her trance of immortality», «sunflowers», «white and violet roses». He explains how she is organized by how she picks flowers with her «thin summer dress». On the other hand in narrator, He mentions that she is rich due to all the trips she made and the amount of things she brought with her.

7) The narrator thinks that this letters are supposed to conceal Isabella true self. I someone could read them they will really understand Isabella´s feelings and experiences they could feel what she feels that is why they are very important as they can connect you with her.

9) The inner self of an individual to be knowable it is very complicated. In the story Isabella´s is a woman who pretends to be someone else. At that time women´s opinion was not taken into account. We can take this story as a way of criticizing the society rules and a way in which women want to express they should be free to listen and be able express themselves.


The role of the mirror in this story is to show the girl the true reality and on the other hand she shows her inside and outside of her feelings. The mirror is used to show Isabela what she really is, her reality. It can be said that it is a metaphor and what does it compare to the mirror with Isabella. We can say this since a mirror is an object and in this story Isabella is treated in the same way by society.



Final Literature task

Throughout the year I think I have improve. I learn how to write better and a how to do a good analyzes in a poem or in a story.

On the one hand, I loved the classes. We have a lot of fun and we also worked in a very dynamic way. The class had always have wonderful atmosphere. I enjoyed writing and expressing my ideas in all the essays written throughout this year, mostly the essays of the third term. On the other hand, there was a lot of work to do as we have one class per week. Which mad it more difficult to understand all a poem or story on one class.

What I liked the most is thata Pato helped us a lot. She motivated us throughout all the year. My favorite poem is The Lost Woman and my favorite story is The Prison. They are both great and both leave a message for the readers.

I think that Pato has been an incredible teacher and has taught very well. All great writting skills and great analyzes skills too and they will help me a lot in the future.

Thank you Pato!

Poem «La Bombonera»

 In the classy “barrio de la Boca”                                                                                         One of the most delightening stadiums of Argentina                                                           Is the home of Boca Juniors, one of the best football team                                           The huge emotion you feel when you enter the “temple”


 The excitement while seeing your team playing is huge                                                     When you área in the stadium you feel that you can do anything                     Thousands of people visiting the stadium



In our Literature class, after reading the storyn”Billenium”, we were told to answer some questions about it so as to make a deep analysis of the story. I’ve worked with Francisco Aresi and Luz Esteban and this is our work:

1-Write a detailed synopsis of the story.

The story Billenium focuses on a man called Ward who lives in an overpopulated world. Ward, with 30 years old lives in a cubicle, like the rest of the world, located in the staircase between the fourth and fifth floors. It was bigger than other cubicles and therefore he was considered quite lucky. One day, when he was at the library, an inspection was made to each cubicle to check if they had the right measurements. Consequently, Ward realises that his cubicle was going to be divided and so he decides to move out. He rents a cubicle together with his friend,Rossiter, on the outskirts. When they finish settling in this new cubicle, they both found a hidden cubicle next to theirs. Afterwards, they decide to make use of that space and turned it into a living room by fulfilling it with a victorian wardrobe. Talking advantage of the space left, they invited people to move with them,which proves that they can not escape of their reality.

2)Discuss the theme of overpopulation and the effect it has on both the way of life and quality of life of the inhabitants of the city.

The theme of overpopulation modifies people’s lifestyle. Although at the beginning of the story it seemed impossible to leave in such a limited place, the population ends up adjusting to those conditions. This is perfectly represented through the main character: Wards as he was not able to escape from his restricted reality. Although he has a bigger cubicle, he fill it with a huge wardrobe and so turns the place into a limited one, once more. However, at the end, he is forced to remove those furnitures to make space for the people living inside.

3)The quest for living space has become an overriding obsession with the people of the city. Discuss this theme in detail. Include in your answer some discussion of the ways in which Ballard makes the quest for space dominate the characters’ lives.

The quest for living space is absurd because oficina the fact that for having some extra space you need have to a family and at least three kids, which is mad. By doing this, the people are increasing population instead of finding a way to reduce it. At the time the character’s find a bigger space, they have the need to occupy that empty space with big furnitures or having more people live with them. We can see that they are not able to maintain their space.

4)What sort of relationship does Ballard put forward between the inner world of the individual (as represented by Ward and Rossiter) and the outer world in which they live. In other words, how does Ballard conceptualise the effect of surviving daily life in a hopelessly overcrowded city on the consciousness of the individual as demonstrated by the ways in which Ward and Rossiter manage the gift of space in the secret room they discover?

The overpopulation as a consequence, disturb the way in which people live in this society.In fact, they are forced to share the kitchen, the bathroom and the laundry room with their neighbors because they do not have enough space left. When they leave their house, the streets have a pedestrian jam and so it could last them a long time to get somewhere. Also, the traffic makes them arrive to their destination late. The overpopulation as well affects the places where they would go out to have fun, for example.

5)In the story, Ballard does attempt some sort of explanation of the social, political and economic causes of the extreme overpopulation that has beset the world. Explain his views as they are presented in the story.

His social views are that people are selfish, they think about only themselves and their families. We believe this because people instead of wanting and contributing with the reduction of population, they on the contrary do anything to have some more space in the cubicle, which only happens if they have at least three kids.
The political views that Ballard try to show is that the government doesn’t do anything for the reduction of the population. They find a solution but it is not the best On my way! so it is not the one they needed . Instead of doing something to control the number of population and reducing it, they reduce the space of the cubicle where people live in.
Ballard’s economic views were that people needed to pay more rent to be able to live in that small cubicle of theirs. This is a problem because having overpopulation makes people arrive late to work because the streets are full of people from side to side.

6)Do you agree with his argument? Do you think that current population growth projections indicate that we are likely to end up in the situation portrayed in the story?
We do agree with this argument. Actually, a lot of countries have many kids, for which they contribute with the growth of population in their country.If these countries continue having huge amount of children per family, we will end up living in the same conditions as the characters in Billennium for sure.

7)Describe and analyse Ward’s character in some detail. What values does he hold? Why does Ballard make use of this type of character as the main character for this story?

Ward is the main charachter of Billenium. He works as a librarian and he lives in the same cubicle with Henry Rossiter. In addition to this, Ward was the most affected when the Victorian wardrobe was destroyed in order to make more room. He also hates all the landlords that reduces the size of the cubicles to have more money.

8)What role does Rossiter play in the story?

The Rossiter is Ward’s friend and the one who shares the cubicle with him. Moreover, he is the one to convince Ward on inviting people to live with them in the double cubicle.

9)Describe the role of the female characters in the story.

Judith and Helen were the two female characters in the story. They suffered because they lived together in a smaller cubicle that Ward had at the beggining of the story. However, afterwards they took advantage of the space the boys provided to them and their families.

10)Discuss the effects that overpopulation and its attendant ills has had on the nature of family life in relation to Ward’s family as well as Judith and Helen’s family relationships.

In that reality, having a family was considered as a benefit because it allowed you to have a bigger cubicle. However, they were still imprisoned in that suffocating reality. Although they were provided with a spacious cubicle, overpopulation was still a worry and it wasn’t being solved. Another problem was that as a result of the huge quantity of people, families were separated from each other because there wasn’t enough space for all of them.

11)What does the secret room symbolised in the story?

The secret room next to Ward and Rossiter’s cubicle symbolized freedom, it was an opening that allowed them escape from living in a limited space.

12)Why do you think Ward and Rossiter are unable to keep the gift of space to themselves? Is Ballard making a comment on how our inner world ultimately reflects the shape of the external world in which we live?

Ward and Rossiter are unable to keep the gift of space to themselves because they were used to live in a small place called “cubicles” however when they found a bigger place, they started putting filling it with huge furniture and then inviting people to live with them. By doing this, they started reducing the space that they had. In my viewpoint, Ballard makes a comment on how difficult is to change and adapt to new places for all the human beings. In this case, Ward was not able to benefit from the free space he had.

13)What sort of living arrangement do they eventually end up allowing (and accommodating to) in their secret room?

At the end of the story, there were seven people living in the secret room.Therefore, they divided that room in seven parts so all the people have their own “room”. However, they ended up living in a smaller place than the cubicles.

14)Discuss Ballard’s style and language in the story? Consider also in what ways it is appropriate to the nature of the story being told.

Ballard uses different techniques of speech to highlight the overpopulation existent in the story. For instance, he uses hyperbaton and oxymoron so as to make the reader understand his feelings towards that suffocating society. What is more, the author uses the word “cubicle” to emphasize on the fact that humans are destined to live in a place meant to be in an office.