The Lady in the Looking-Glass – activity


– Caos inside the house
– Comparison is superficial
– No one can really see her
-The house and Isabella are 1
-She was a single woman, not very good seen
– There is a personification of the furniture. The furniture know more about her than the people who went to the house and st on the sofa to have any kind of conversation.
– Narrator knew her but not so much, he cannot tell us a lot about her
– Narrator: third person limited ( he could never penetrate the character’s mind)
– In the last part the narrator changes “one” for “she”.
– At the end Isabella becomes the “narrative voice”
– Opposite coexistence
“Nothing stays the same for two seconds together” —-> state of mind, completely crazy, out of her mind
– Climatic moment: when she is in front of the mirror and she discovered herself, she realizes that she is empty (epiphanic moment)
– Resolution:
– Themes: emptiness, individual is society, reality vs superficiality, isolation, role or women in the 19th, female (self)
– Metaphor of the mirror
– Motif: a symbol that that appears all along the story —-> in the story

Answers: I worked in class with Milagros Montanelli on this activity given to us by our literature teacher, Pato.

1) Notice how the mirror in the first paragraph is set up as the frame for a kind of a portrait.
In the first paragraph the mirror is set up as the frame for a kind of a portrait that shows Isabella’s personality. Through out we can see that the protagonist is empty, she is completely isolated, the frame is hiding who she really is.

2) The unnamed narrator attempts to construct a portrait of the Isabella Tyson that consists of her outer self and her inner self. The portrait is reflected in the objects inside and outside the house as they reflect in the mirror. Describe the images reflected in the mirror.
The narrator constructs a portrait of Isabella that consists of her outer self and her inner self. The mirror reflects Isabella, her personality and transmitted emptiness. In the outside it reflects her garden with was espectacular, so beautiful that it showed grandness and splendour.

3) What kind of contrast is there between the objects inside the house and outside the house, as they are reflected in the mirror?
Objects inside the house and outside the house were the opposite. Outside the house it was all perfect, flawless and exemplary as Isabella was in the outside of herself. It gives a sense of order and perfection. Objects inside the house were the contrary of the one’s outside. Inside the house it was all a chaos, disorganization, confusion, it gave a sense of unclear things as Isabella’s thoughts. This objects with were inside reflected how Isabella was inside, her inner self. It was a chaos, it showed her state of mind, she was completely crazy, “Nothing stays the same for two seconds together”.

4) Describe how the narrator attempts to compose the portrait through the mood inside the room, through her own imagination, and through the presentation of Isabella in the mirror.
The narrator composed the mood inside the room as one in the middle of a chaos as Isabella was. Something constantly changing. Everything seems to be relay perfect but nothing is like this, it’s all upside down.

5) What are the known facts about Isabella’s outer self?
We don’t know so much about Isabella, no one really knows her and no one can see her, inside. Besides, there are some facts that we do know for example that she ives alone, that her house outside is perfect but int the inside is a chaos, and also that she doesn’t live with anyone else than herself. She gives an impression 0f having a magnificence life full of richness.

6) What material objects inside and outside the house does the narrator use to imagine Isabella’s life?
We know that Isabella is a woman that had travelled a lot over many different places of the world. “the most obscures corners of the world”, we can see that many objects from Isabella’s house were from other parts, so she has a “traveling life”. Also, the letters are a powerful object since they show her as an occupant, working, and interesting woman that cares about society and she is really involved with it. The way she dressed also showed that she cared how people saw her, she cared about appearances.

7) What are Isabella’s letters supposed to conceal, according to the narrator? What would one know if one could only read them?   According to the narrator, Isabella’s letters are supposed to have information about her that we don’t know.

8) At the end of the story, according to the narrator, is it possible to know objectively one’s inner reality?   Yes, it was possible to see Isabella’s inner reality when she got naked in front if the mirror. She took all of her superficiality off, and that was when we could really see her, and her emptiness. She was completely empty, and have been hiding it through the entire story.

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.   I think that the inner self of an individual is finally knowable, but it isn’t easy. In the context where the story was written, Isabella represented any woman in the 19th century, when women had no say at all. Isabella was just a product of society, and that’s why she was so empty, she had to pretend to be someone that she wasn’t. I think that this story is a criticism to society and the role of women before.

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 mirror is very important since it shows the truth. No matter how hard Isabella tried to hide her emptiness, when she looked at the mirror all of her superficiality was gone and was able to see her true inner and real identity.

11) Describe the characteristics of this story that resemble stream-of-consciousness narrative technique.   Stream of consciousness: a method of narration that describes happenings in the flow of thoughts in the minds of the characters. On the one hand, we have the narrator building up an image of Isabella while expressing her feeling towards her. On the other hand, we have the writer, Virginia Woolf, who criticized society by expressing her personal thoughts during the story.

The Hollow of the Three Hills


Opening: The story begins with two persons meeting together at a certain time and place: at the hollow of the three hills during the sunset. One was an old woman who apparented to be mean and ill, she was a witch. The other woman was a graceful lady that looked pale and troubled. The opening also describes the place where they met, which was isolated, and the time of the year, which was October. The opening is really effective because it describes the place where the two women met in detail, and the reader can see, imagine and understand it. The quote, ¨dwarf pines were numerous upon the hills¨ describes the three hills so you can imagine the place where they met. Another quote, ¨one of these masses of decaying wood, formerly a majestic oak, rested clos beside a pool of green and sluggish water at the bottom of the basin¨, this quote describes the place that was filled with tree-trunks that had fallen with time and that there was a little lake at the bottom of the hills. Moreover, it describes the time of the day: sunset, which is the moment of revelation. Yes, I think that the story begins mid-drama because the woman escaped her home and was very troubled, she felt very guilty. The story is in 1st person limited, and it is in present tense, but the lady felt guilty and had a conflict with her past.


  • Time: it was during the 1800s. It was October and during a twilight. The following quote, ¨there was nothing but the brown grass of October¨, it tells us that the time of the year was October, so it was autumn. We can also tell that it was autumn because it says ¨the chill beauty of an autumnal sunset¨, it describes nature at that time of the year.
  • Place: The hollow of the three hills, a desolate place, ¨no mortal could observe them¨, this quote points out that no one was there, that that place was completely isolated.

Resultado de imagen para the hollow of th three hills


  • The young lady: she was graceful, though pale and troubled. With the word pale we can understand that she is sick, ill or about to die; and the word troubled makes us think that she has mental health problems.
  • The old woman: she was poorly dressed and was very ugly. She was very old so she looked shrunken and seemed to be ill. She was a witch who helped the young lady that was looking for a closure, however, she ends up taking her life.

Imagen relacionada


  • death
  • regret
  • guilt and remorse
  • the supernatural
  • anxiety and curiosity
  • dishonor
  • deceit


  • depressing
  • melancholic
  • sad/sorrowful
  • dark/obscure/deadly
  • suspensive



  • The number 3: the author uses the number three in relation to the Bible, since it contains symbols like the holy trinity. Examples based on the story are the three hills and the three visions of the young lady.


    • October: it is known as the month of death. At the beginning of the story, the woman has her first vision of her daughters funeral. And in order to obtain the witches help, she needs to give up her own life.


  • Autumn: it symbolises death since it’s the time of the year when natures dies or is about to die. Some quotes that help us understand this are, ¨a tree fell¨, which represents death, and ¨no green¨, which means there is no life.

Gothic Elemnts:

The Hollow of the Three Hills is a gothic story. We can say this because of the gothic elements found in the sotry. The following are the gothic elements:


  • set in old and rundown strictures (ex: castles)
  • the building usually features hidden passages, trap doors and dangerous or secret rooms
  • has suffered a decline from it’s former greatness



  • dark forests
  • imposing mountains
  • stormy weather
  • far from civilization



  • mistery
  • horror
  • dread
  • hidden secrets which threaten the protagonist



  • isolated or alone
  • physical or emotional
  • self-imposed or circumstances



  • passionate and strong-willed
  • women: curious and have a tendency to swoon
  • men: storm and rage in reflection of unseen inner torments


Damsels in distress:

  • threatened by tyrannical men or circumstances
  • appear frightened
  • may suffer from some sort of ailment



  • unlucky omens
  • ancient curses
  • dark forces


The supernatural:

  • ghosts
  • unexplained manifestations


Decay: (decline)

  • a formerly great family, community, country or individual who has peaked and now begins a slow process of decline
  • crumbling buildings
  • characters



  • murders
  • kidnapping
  • people going crazy
  • tragic illness

The gothic elements that are present in the story are:

  • An atmosphere of mistery and unknown
  • Omens, portents, visions
  • ENvironment – far from civilazation, dark and isolated
  • The supernatural – unexplained manifestations
  • High emotion- Characters often overcome with anger, sorrow, surprise and especially terror, raw nerves and a feeling of impending doom, breathing heavily and crying
  • Women in distress – lonely, terrified, fainting, sobbing
  • Romance – unreturned love
  • Claustrophobia – the women’s urge to flee




Nervous system: neurones and synapse (in process)

All mammals have a CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM and a PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. The CNS is made up of the brain and the spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system is made up of nerves and receptores.

The NEURONES are special cells which coordinate the messages travelling through the nervous system.

  1. ANATOMY OF A NEURONE: Watch THIS video!
  • Act: State how the structure of a neurone is related to the function.

2. TYPES OF NEURONES: Read “overiew of neurone structure and function   from HERE  .

  • Act: Make a labelled drawing of each of the three types of neurones, motor, sensory and relay, and state their functions.


  • Act: Post a short video explaining synapse.
  • Act: Describe in your own words how nerve impulses are transmitted from neurone to neurone.

Endocrine System: adrenaline ADH

  1. Study the effects of adrenaline and ADH after reading this link.

A. Use bullet points to summarise the effects of adrenaline.

B. Describe 3 situations in which adrenaline is secreted. Post a picture to show the examples.

2. Draw a flowchart to show the effects of ADH:

– when there is TOO LITTLE WATER in the body.

– when there is MUCH WATER in the body.

3- Solve the quiz from this webpage. Take a screenshot and post it.


  1.  A.
  • Raises blood sugar levels by stimulating the liver to change glycogen into glucose
  • Causes fatty tissue to release fat into the blood
  • Increases the heart rate
  • Increases blood flow to the muscles
  • Reduces blood flow to the skin and the intestines
  • Widens the bronchioles
  • Dilates the pupils

B.   Adrenaline is secreted in low amounts all the time to help keep the body running normally. Whenever a person is under stress adrenaline secretion increases. Stress can be with physical involvement or simply mental, for example: when someone is studying for an exam, having a conflict with someone, or being threatened.

Resultado de imagen para someone stressed

Resultado de imagen para conflict between two people

Resultado de imagen para a person being threatened with a gun

2.Resultado de imagen para effects of adh when there is little water and a lot of water



Ensayo: “El lenguaje es el arma más poderosa”

Ensayo: “El lenguaje es el arma más poderosa”

El lenguaje es la capacidad propia del ser humano para expresar sentimientos y pensamientos a partir del uso de la palabra, de los gestos y la escritura. El lenguaje se puede usar de distintas formas, pero debemos saber cómo darle un buen uso. ¿Porque se describe al lenguaje como el arma más poderosa?

La palabra arma hace que miremos al lenguaje de una manera negativ. A veces el hombre utiliza el lenguaje de forma incorrecta ya sea para atacar o herir los sentimientos de los demás. También, el lenguaje a veces lo utilizamos para conseguir un fin determinado, ya sea para engañar, amenazar, mentir, y más. En algunas ocasiones, las palabras hacen más daño que un simple arma, es decir, lo que escuchamos puede generarnos un gran dolor ya que a veces escuchamos cosas que no queremos y que nos lastiman, especialmente de las personas que más amamos. La herida que nos provoca una bala con el tiempo logra sanar. En cambio, la herida que nos provocan las palabras perdura en el tiempo, a veces es difícil olvidar o superar algo que te hirió mucho.

Por otro lado, el lenguaje puede utilizarse para defenderse y opinar. El lenguaje es muy importante puesto que nos permite comunicarnos, transmitir información e intercambiar o compartir ideas, lo que nos enriquece a nosotros como personas. Incluso, el lenguaje es muy importante a la hora de trabajar ya que es indispensable a la hora de llevar adelante el trabajo en equipo. Además, la comunicación es importante entre padres e hijos para enriquecer sus relaciones. Las armas existen gracias al lenguaje y a la comunicación entre personas, sin el lenguaje, estas nunca hubieran existido. A partir de esto podemos ver la importancia y lo poderosos que son el lenguaje y la comunicación.

El lenguaje es el arma más poderosa ya que fue creada por el hombre, una de las especies más importantes debido a la capacidad y habilidad de razonar, lo que nos diferencia del resto de las especies. El lenguaje puede llevar a la muerte de una persona, al igual que un arma.

A partir de los distintos puntos que analice pude explorar la importancia y el poder del lenguaje tanto en el aspecto positivo como negativo. Si bien es un tema muy abarcativo pude llegar a la conclusión que el lenguaje es en sí un arma que se puede utilizar de diversas formas dependiendo de la función que uno le quiera dar a ello. El lenguaje comunica, enseña, corrige, informa y nos permite vivir en sociedad y consecuentemente existir.



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