The Open Boat – Activities

In literature, the teacher, Pato, gave us some questions to answer about the story we read in class called “The Open Boat”. We had to work with a partner, I worked with Santi Guerrico. Here are the answers:

 

The Open Boat Study questions

  1. The Oiler is given the name Billie because he is the right hand of the captain. The others are only referred to generally because they survive and the Oiler does not.
  2. The Oiler died because he just followed the Captain’s orders and never complained, for example one time the weather was dangerous but he followed the Captain’s orders anyway.
  3. The view of nature presented in this story is that nature is far much superior than humans.
  4. The view of the men presented in this story is that men are not very smart and inferior to nature.
  5. The men in the open boat relate to each other as brothers and equal.
  6. In the story we can find repetitions of colours, such as black, gray or white. Also, the word such as “Fate” which means destiny. The colours can represent the situation of the four men in the boat, as they were near the coast, the colours white and gray were mentioned, but if they were far away from the cost, the colour black was mentioned. So by mentioning the colours, we can get to know their situation.
  7. The narrator uses the Correspondent to intrude in the story. We can see the Correspondent as the critical viewpoint or the philosopher. As he is different from the rest of the men in the boat, he was more critic with the things that happened there, he reflex and think about it. In addition to this, the story is based in Stephen Crane own experience. In our opinion, it is distracting, because it may make you think about other things that happened while you are reading. We think it is effective as this happened to us while reading.
  8. We think the narrator is being ironic as the story ends with the phrase: “…and they felt that they could be interpreters.” This could mean they were the interpreters of the story of this four men lost in the sea.
  9. Crane used this structure because in one part of the story the captain says: “If I am going to be drowned, if I am going to be drowned, if I am going to be drowned, why, in the name of the seven mad gods who rule the sea, was I allowed…” By making seven sections he refers to the seven gods of the sea, and by using the Roman numerals he refers to the gods of the Roman mythology.

 

Pathways to Interpretation:

 

  1. The writer is connected to the story because he had a similar experience some years before writing this story.
  2. The story is connected to naturalism and determinism because the men in the open boat believed that what happened was determined to be like that, and they couldn’t change it.

 

Patterns in “The Open Boat” (Choose 2)

 

  1. References to Colours: The narrator uses colors to represent the mood of the men in each chapter. An example of this is when the men were near land, he, the author, used the colour white and as they were far from it he used the colour gray and black. This represented their mood, white meaning they were happy because they were near land, and black and gray meaning they were sad or depressed because they were far from land.
  2. References to Animals: In the story the narrator mentions a lot of animals symbolising something. For example at one point in the story a gull flew to the boat, and that meant they had hope of land being near.

 

8) There are a few clues about the Oiler’s death. This is one clue: The correspondent told a story about a soldier that was the right hand of the general that died because of following his orders. This story foreshadows the death of the Oiler because the Oiler was the Captain’s right hand and he also died following the Captain’s orders.

 

9) In the story, there is a moment when the captain tries to sleep, but he couldn’t, this can mean he will live as sleeping is the closest thing to death we know and he couldn’t. But there is another moment where the Oiler tries to sleep, and he slept very well, the Oiler died after, so this could be a foreshadowing of his death.

 

11) The men in the “Open Boat” are spared by nature except for the Oiler that was punished by nature for following the Captain’s orders no matter what and the nature overcame him.

Biology Project Self Evaluation

The biology teacher asked, after the presentation of the project, to post a self evaluation of our work on it.

I was the first one who got the potato, I didn’t like at all at first, but then I got used to it. I took three photos of it and posted them on my blog. After that, I gave the potato to Matias Campion who also took photos of it. We began to have trouble because we were confused when to post the photo of the potato. Matías Campion gave the potato to Matias Hartmann and he posted some photos too. As I said before we didn’t know exactly when to post the photo of it because we lost the count of the days. The potato grew a lot since it was given out to us. The roots are a lot larger and the kind of plant it had is larger to. All of us left the potato on a plastic bowl with water. The first days and the last ones didn’t grew very much, it grew the most when Mati Campion had it. It was an interesting project and it was interesting seeing the potato growing just by putting water in it. At first I didn’t like the potato at all, but at the end I liked the project very much. I think we did a good work, but we failed a little bit on posting the photos, we could have posted more photos and measure the potato to see how it grew in a better way.

Biology Potato Project Last Day

This is the last day of the Biology Potato Project. We took the last photo of it. It grew a lot since the first day, specially the roots are larger. In this photo the roots seem shorter because of the lack of water, but in another photos you could see how they grew. Also, you can see how the plant it had also grew a lot. We did a chart in google documents to show the growing of it in a more organized way. Here is the photo of it:

Historia – Mitología Griega

En la última clase de historia estuvimos trabajando con la mitología Griega. Teníamos que juntarnos en grupos de a dos o trabar solos, yo trabajo con Santi Guerrico. Se nos daba un dios por sorteo y teníamos que investigar sobre ese dios y subir al blog nuestra investigación, a mi me tocó Zeus y a Santi Apolo.

Zeus:

Zeus era el dios del cielo y el trueno, en la mitología griega, es el dios máximo del Olimpo. Gobierna estableciendo orden, la justicia y el destino del universo. Zeus es el “padre de los dioses y los hombres”, que gobernaba a los dioses del Olimpo como un padre a una familia, de forma que incluso los que no eran sus hijos naturales se dirigían a él como un padre. Sus atributos eran el rayo, el águila, el toro y el roble. Era hijo del Titán Cronos y la Titánide Rea. Sus hermanos eran Poseidon, Hades y Hera, con la se casó. También se dice que se casó con Dione. Es conocido por sus numerosas aventuras y amantes, fruto de las cuales fueron muchas deidades y héroes, incluyendo Atenea, Apolo, Artemisa, Hermes, Perséfone, Dioniso, Perseo, Heracles, Helena, Minos y las Musas. Su equivalente en la mitología Romana era Júpiter, en la etrusca, Tinia, en la egipcia, Amón y en la cananea, Baal.

Apolo:

Apolo era el hijo del dios Zeus y de Leto, hija de un titán, y era hermano mellizo de Artemisa. Apolo era el dios de la profecía y solía otorgar el don de la profecía a aquellos mortales a los que amaba. Era descrito como el dios de la divina distancia, que amenazaba o protegía desde lo alto de los cielos, y lo llamaban la luz de la verdad. Era el dios de la muerte súbita, de las plagas y enfermedades, pero también el dios de la curación y de la protección contra las fuerzas malignas. Era también un arquero diestro y un atleta veloz, acreditado por haber sido el primer vencedor en los juegos olímpicos. Con Hécuba, la esposa del rey Príamo de Troya, Apolo tuvo un hijo llamado Troilo.