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Games at Twilight VP

In Literature we are about to read Games at Twilight by Anita Desai. First, we had to do some activities. These are the following:

Twilight means “half-light”, and the half light of the morning or the evening is a symbol of dichotomy, representing the dividing-line which at once joins and separates a pair of opposites (division into two mutually exclusive, opposed, or contradictory groups). There are two types of twilight: The one in the morning, when the sun rises, which defines the beginning of the day. It could, at the same time, symbolize the beginning of something new; And the evening twilight when the sun sets. This one could symbolize the ending of something, but that at the same time, will state the beginning of another thing (another day for example), and so it goes. 

Rite of passage notes

The weather throughout the first page is described as a melting hot day, with the sun shining very brightly and with suffocating high temperatures. Anyway, the children are excited to go outside to play. They are all choppy and willing to go to the garden as soon as possible.

Words or phrases in connection with death:

  • “No life stirred at this arid time of the day…”
  • “…the birds still drooped, like dead fruit…”
  • “The outdoor dog lay stretched as if dead […] his paws and ears and tail all reaching out like dying travellers in search for water.”
  • “…lay still.”
  • “…a band of parrots suddenly fell out of the eucalyptus tree, tumbled frantically…”

  [sources: http://www.symbolism.org , http://sd83.bc.ca/~hleask/English11/Unit%201%20Lesson%201%20-%20Games%20at%20Twilight.pdf]

The Yellow Wallpaper -Virtual Period

Pato left us this entry with activities for us to do during our virtual period of Literature.

  1. Both extracts are written in first person narrator. Both texts talk about an imperfection on the wall and how that imperfection bothers and plays with their minds. In The Yellow Wallpaper the woman writes “It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate, and provoke study…” . She feels uncomfortable with that wallpaper. The narrator of The Mark On The Wall writes ” I looked up through the smoke of my cigarette and my eye lodged for a moment upon the burning coals”. She found the mark on the wall so annoying that she couldn’t stop staring at it. Neither narrator could stop staring at it. Although these things have a negative image at the beginning, the narrators can’t stop looking at them.  “When you follow the lame, uncertain curves for a little distance…”. The woman of the wallpaper even though found it dull and irritating, began to look deeply into it.
  2. The woman in The Yellow Wallpaper believes there is a woman trying to break free from the paper. “It is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern”.
  3. The woman is in control of her life. She can choose whether to stand up to deeply watch the mark or stay and she decides to stay. “I might get up, but if I got up and looked at it, ten to one I shouldn’t be able to say for certain”. What she is not in control of, are her possessions. Her wall for example. There is a mark on her wall and she doesn’t know where it came from. “…how very little control of our possessions we have…”.