Thursday, April 25, 2013


Title :My love, if I die and you don't--, by Pablo Neruda


My love, if you die and I don't--,
let's not grief
No expanse is greater than where we live.

This meadow where we find ourselves,
we give it back.
But Love, this love has not ended:

just as it never had a birth, it has
no death: only changing lands, and changing lips.

When referring to the separation that the to people in love will have is when one of then has passed away, but even that will not change the love they have for each other other than where their love will be.

This poem is a love poem. It's a poem about a love that will last an eternity no matter what. The distance will only make them strong. They will remain as happy as they were alive or died.

Throughout the whole poem it says that their love will remain the same whether she dies or he dies. He doesn't see death as a bad thing like people do, but sees it another life that he will get to live with his love.

Title Revised:
The title remains the same. It is just saying whether she dies or he dies nothing will change between them.

Eternal love. It is about love that will never change no matter what happens. They know that their love will continue even though they have passed away. He says that the only thing that would change about their relationship is the location.

Seventh reading

My love, if I die and you don't--, by Pablo Neruda

My love, if you die and I don't--,
let's not give grief an even greater field.
No expanse is greater than where we live.

Dust in the wheat, sand in the deserts,
time, wandering water, the vague wind
swept us like sailing seeds.
We might not have found one another in time.

This meadow where we find ourselves,
O little infinity! we give it back.
But Love, this love has not ended:

just as it never had a birth, it has
no death: it is like a long river,
only changing lands, and changing lips.

Pablo Neruda poem My Love,if I die and you don't , is about how ones love never ends. Their love is internal the only thing that changes is the location , but not the love they have for one another. When one of them dies it is just a temporary a separation until they unite again.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Carrie prose essay questions

1. Analyze Carrie's relationship with her strict Christian mother?

2. Explain how Carrie's life style affect the person Carrie is?

3. Analyze the techniques that show Carrie's development?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The house on mango street



1. Briefly summarize the plot of the novel you read.
2. Succinctly describe the theme of the novel. Avoid clich├ęs.
3. Describe the author's tone. Include three excerpts that illustrate your point(s).
4. Describe five literary elements/techniques you observed that strengthen your understanding of the theme and/or your sense of the tone. Include three excerpts (for each element) that will help your reader understand each one.

1. Esperanza is a 12 year old Chicana who lives in Chicago with her family in Mango Street. Across the street she has her two friends Rachel and Lucy. Throughout the book Esperanza is waiting for her turn to leave from the small crowded city so that she can live on her own. Esperanza is growing up in this neighborhood during one of the most critical times in her life. She is beginning to change physically and emotionally. Luckily she has her friends to be there for her. After she starts to change, she is interested in boys and finds a friend who shares the same interest. But this friend, Sally, only uses guys to escape the reality that she is being abused by her own father. Although Esperanza is not very fond of this, she still hangs out with Sally. In one occasion, Sally leaves Esperanza alone with a group of guy friends. She is abused by them and their friendship is ruined. Reflecting back on her experiences Esperanza realizes that as ready as she is to leave Mango Street she cannot fully leave it behind because it has become a part of her. Esperanza uses her writing to begin to heal emotionally over everything that she has been through.
2. A theme of the novel was to find who you are. Esperanza struggles to define herself since the beginning of the novel. To start with, Esperanza wants to change her name without realizing that it is an expression of her family heritage and culture. When she meets Sally, she observes the way she is around men and then wants to be desired and cruel so that men will not intend to hurt her. After having her offensive encounter with a young group of men, she no longer wishes to be desired and cruel. Because of this experience she once again is confused and she does not know who she is. As she matures more and more she realizes that her main interest defines her. Writing is the way that she is able to define herself.
3. In the beginning of the novel the author is very pessimistic about the events occurring in her life. The author is pessimistic about living in a small segregated neighborhood where she feels that she cannot get out. Being that her family is very poor she does not have very much hope that she will make it far in life. Towards the end of the novel, she begins to be more optimistic once she finds herself. Through her negative experiences, she then turns them into life lessons in her writing
4. Diction: The author writes to us about her life with every day speech rather than making it seems like a historical event.
Parable: The author tells small stories of herself or others in which she learned a lesson. Like when she was stuck in the situation with the group of guys she had learned her lesson about wanting to be desired and cruel to men.
Allegory: The author is a representation of a Chicana with the struggle of “self definition”.
Juxtaposition: The author and her friend Sally are complete opposites and have opposing personalities. While Sally is a girl who is very open to the world of men and finding her way through using them, Esperanza is innocent and new to the experiences which Sally has already been through.
Catharsis: The author writes about the scene where Esperanza is abused by the group of boys by exposing her feelings of post traumatic feelings.


1. Describe two examples of direct characterization and two examples of indirect characterization. Why does the author use both approaches, and to what end (i.e., what is your lasting impression of the character as a result)?
2. Does the author's syntax and/or diction change when s/he focuses on character? How? Example(s)?
3. Is the protagonist static or dynamic? Flat or round? Explain.
4. After reading the book did you come away feeling like you'd met a person or read a character? Analyze one textual example that illustrates your reaction.

1. Indirect: we can tell the type of person Esperanza is by the way she reacts to situations. Esperanza is easily influenced. For instance, her Uncle Nacho helps her realize that she is beautiful by dancing with her on the dance floor. All that he wanted to do was to make her feel better about herself. She is easily persuaded.Direct:The kids of Rosa Vargas kids are wild and crazy. Alice doesn't want to have to work all of her life because she wants to have tome to herself to live a little. I think that Sandra Cisneros uses both direct and indirect characterization to have different variety of characters to have dramatic effect.

2.When the novel involves Papa it changes things a lot because Esperanza isn't used to seeing her father like this. She is surprised that he would cry because in the mexican culture the men are suppose to be tough and not cry. So i found it interesting that her father is cry and she was shocked that he was crying.

3. The protagonist is a round character. Ever since the beginning of the novel she knew that she wasn't going to stay there for every. She always picture her self getting out o there. At the end she says it again but this time she doesn't care what people will say about her decision.

4. After reading this novel I come away feeling like I have met Esperanza . I found it easy to relate to her because of our Mexican backgrounds. I could see where she is coming from and why she wants to leave so she can have do more for herself in life.

Macbeth Act II

He killed Duncan.

He was pressured into having to killing Duncan

plans on blaming the guards for the murder of Duncan.

Macduff finds the dead body

He tell everyone

Macbeth killed the guards who were blamed for the murder of Duncan

Duncan's two son flee

Macbeth has gone to Scone to be crowned

Macbeth Act I

The thank Cawdor

Fair is foul, foul is fair

3 witches: don't lie to Macbeth, only give him advice

Lady Macbeth is pure evil

She can have Macbeth do anything she wants.

She told him to kill Duncan and Macbeth agreed to it.

Duncan is the king of Scotland

He was going to give Macbeth the title of thane of Cawdor

Macbeth glad to hear what about Duncan has decided.

tells Lady Macbeth through a letter

She says that he is a pansy

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