A Doll House

A dollhouse is a very interesting novel, personally, I don’t like to read too much but this novel captures my attention, also I prefer by far reading plays to normal books.

At first, the novel started pretty calm, beautiful family, 3 children big home, and no money problems, the dream life for a lot of people, it just seemed like they had everything under control, and that made me feel as if I had everything under control and as if my life was going to turn out that way, married to a wealthy man that I loved and having lots of children and money.

As the play goes by I realized that it wasn’t true, she held a big secret but to be honest I didn’t think it was much of an issue I mean it was supposed to be that her husband loved her and he would take the blame for her, and that was what she didn’t want to. I don’t get why I would have made my husband take the blame every day and I would have done the same for him. at the end it was surprising that he didn’t, but I think she exaggerated a little by leaving him or wanting to kill herself, also everything was sorted out minutes after. if that would have happened to me I would just have continued with my life as if everything it’s fine, I got my husband, and my children and the main problem is solved. I would get into therapy to fix my feelings and that’s it. Her leaving was a bit dramatic for me ( considering that I am a dramatic person), but considering all this it was a great play bit boring but great.

PR Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s play, I find it sort of thought-provoking since it touched a very delicate topic, it did have some conflicting ideas that made me overthink some of the parts.
There was especially this part when Jewish where in favor of the law and Christians to mercy, it is logical that if all people sin, we must all have mercy so that it could go vice versa, or for example Jewish people once they know the rules and they pursue them, once they break them they accept the consequences.
What I found unfair for the play was how Christians use to keep Jews in the ghetto and then they would have to suffer consequences some random Christian created.
The play made me reflect on how society is nowadays and how often this case happens, people asking for loans thinking in the future they could pay, but at the end it doesn’t arrive, people don’t understand that when interest goes up the amount they own is invaluable and they could end up owing a debt for life, and in some cases the debt transfers to the next generation.

The Merchant of Venice

The play was really interesting for me to read, it is one of my favorite styles. The characters where smart especially Portia who is painted as a lady who only knows how to be pretty but in the end, she is the one responsible for Antonio not dying, also exposing her husband’s secrets and intentions just by posing as a lawyer.

The plot of the play was interesting for me because of the type of plot and how the story develops.

Langston Hughes Poem Observations

After reading these poems it helped me understand poetry further, the way the author wrote these was very interesting, because the more times you read it, it all clicks.

The way all these poems make me feel is a way of expressing things you see fiscally in someone, and turn it into a way you can know the characters internally.

A poem that really stood out to me was “Ruby Brown”, it was about a beautiful woman who was “young and beautiful, and golden like sunshine, that warmed her body”. It all referenced the fisical image of a woman, but also made a reference to the way she is as a person. From what I understood, it all talked about a brave and strong woman who was working for another white woman in her kitchen and was looking forward on a brighter and better future.

All these poems made me want to keep reading poetry, especially the way this author writes each poem makes it feel personal and different to each on he creates.

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes´ poetry was very entertaining to me. At first it was a little hard to understand and find similarities with the actual world, and some words and sentences where hard to understand too.

One of the principle themes Hughes´ poetry had was that he talked a lot about the social issues that where happening at that time like racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, and more. He expressed this poems in a different point of view each time, it could be of a black man or a washing lady but all wishing that their injustice behavior was over. For me it was very realistic because at that time those issues where really important to discuss and he expressed them in a way that we could feel what each person at that time was feeling.

The majority where free verse poems, the structure wasn’t always the same, neither did they rime a lot. The tone in which the autor was speaking was really sad or mad, like the person was already tired of everything, other poems where like nostalgic like they were telling a story of their lives and what they have been trough.

In conclusion I was really moved by the majority, because the issues he discussed are very controversial, one of them that I remember the most was the poem “Goodbye Christ” that he criticizes the christian religion and I as a christian was very confused about it, but then I realized that at that time people where suffering a lot and the faith sometimes leaves in bad moments. But in general I really enjoyed them and the way of writing them was at first confusing but I understand them with time.


The lecture talks about the hard part about reading. It describes the different types of reading and how different people need different forms of comprehension to understand a text. It also gives you different tips and advice to be able to have better reading comprehension.

The one that caught my attention the most was the SQ3R method because it teaches you step by step how to better understand the readings. not just underlining or taking notes, doing it all together.

In my opinion it is an interesting read because it helps you find your way of studying and why many people are not interested in reading or studying, and it is because they are not doing it in a way that does not benefit them as a person.

Paper 1 Reflection

After receiving my feedback, I noticed that I made many careless mistakes and spelling errors.
My major error was adding unnecessary information while analyzing the text. I need to remember that the goal is to analyze the text and not comment on the literature. Another major error I kept making was writing about literature in the present tense. I also noticed I tend to run out of time and rush my conclusion and my thesis, to prepare for the next practice paper one I will work on organizing my essay better and reading regularly.

PR: Oedipus the King

I have read some mythology and I found it a bit boring and hard to follow, so my exceptions for this play were not high as I did not think I would enjoy this book. Though after reading the story, I found it pretty interesting. I was surprised by how much I liked this play and how excided I was to read the next one. The story of Oedipus the king is one of the only mythology books I’ve ever really enjoyed. I find reading pieces like this difficult because of how things are written with the chorus and the language used in the characters dialog. Oedipus the king was an interesting but tragic story.

After reading the summery, I was actually interested in reading the story and finding out all the details. It was nice to have conversions in class, because a lot of the questions I had were answered. Learning about Oedipus was cool, his life was pretty messy but also very interesting. I do feel that killing himself would have been a better option then gouging his own eyes out but that’s just me. I also think that he is too prideful for his own good. He is convinced that he can run and escape his own fate. Oedipus seems to think that he has so much power that he has managed to get away the life that he was told he would inevitably have. It is almost as if he believes in his own self more than he does in the gods and fates, exercising his own freedom by defying the people he is meant to follow a pray too. I feel like Oedipus is a very prideful, which in away made him a good king and exceptional leader to the people of Theabs. Even so his morals were blurred when he had no problem killing a man on a path. In my personal opinion Oedipus was not a good man, although he tried to be a good king and a fairly good father, his motives were questionable, and his actions are not ones to be proud of. He very clearly understands that what he’s done is messed up as he has no problem gouging out his own eyes and punishing himself. All in all, I do not like Oedipus, but I do respect how he did not go back on his word when he realized he had killed the past king

This story has helped me to enjoy mythology. I like the tragedy and emotions displayed in the play. It’s very interesting to see how people used to think, and how old plays and stories were written. I did like that we read a short summery of the story before reading the book. It helped me follow along with the story since I already had an idea of what was going on in the book. Oedipus was a man

Class blog Intro

My name is Aimé Berenice Padilla Camarena, but I prefer to be called Aimé. I was born in León Guanajuato, Mexico, and I have lived there for my whole life. León isn’t a very big place and you cant’t really find a lot of things to do, except going to the shopping mall. This is my first time being in a whole different place than my home town and I am really happy about it.
I enjoy spending time with my family and my friends, taking a walk with my dog, playing tennis and reading.

For this class I expect to read very interesting books and stories, improve my english skills in writing, speaking and reading. I also expect to be better at organizing myself and being more responsable.

Pastiches on Charles Dickens, “Great expectations”

Passage 1:
At such a time I knew for certain, that this laughter filled boat was a moment I wanted to remember; and that Alyssa Powell, happily taking film photos, and Brooke Gardner being captured in the photos were all smiling and joyous; and that Reina, Alex, Coen, Cameron, and Brandon, were intertwined in the moment conversing contently with one another; and that the sound of the swaying water beyond the boat, intersected with docks and sails, with the bright moon shining down at us, was Lake Cowichan; and that the bright scatter of glitter in the dark sky, were stars; and that even with the cool dusk air, the feeling of warmth, was happiness.

Passage 2:
A joyful girl, all in baby pink, with pigtails in her hair. A girl with butterfly clips, and with fuzzy slippers, and with a lollipop in her hand. A girl who was amazed by fairytales, and frightened by monsters, and confused with multiplication, and excited for Santa to come, and saddened when dropped off on her first day of school, and delighted by snacks; who sang, and played, and cried, and smiled; and whose world was lit up whenever she’d receive a hug from her mother.

Antigone (or Creon’s Rotten, No-Good, All Around Crappy Day)

In Antigone, a tragic play written by Sophocles around 441 BCE, the titular character is not actually the protagonist. Although the actions of Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, do serve as a semi-inciting incident, I interpreted the real main character to be Creon, who I originally expected to fill the role of antagonist. Creon, entirely through his own decisions and actions, loses his son, his wife, and his niece, all over the course of the day.

Despite this, and despite being the play’s protagonist, Creon is definitely not a sympathetic character, meaning he doesn’t fit the generally accepted definition of a tragic hero. This play is a tragedy, not because of Creon’s suffering, but because of the suffering his selfish actions cause the innocent people around him. At the end of the day, almost all of Creon’s family is dead, not through their actions but his own, and the play’s depiction of his grief and regret is extremely powerful.

Initially, I found the narrative of this play extremely underwhelming. The differences between the Creon portrayed in Oedipus Rex and the Creon portrayed in Antigone annoyed me personally, since I couldn’t understand how such a drastic change in attitude could have come about. However, with my new perspective of Creon being the protagonist rather than the antagonist, combined with the punch packed by the dramatic conclusion, this play left an impression on me much greater than the one left by Oedipus Rex.