The lady in the looking glass: a reflection

After reading and discussing “The lady in the looking glass: a reflection”, Pato told us to answer in pairs some questions from her blog. This is the work Tomas Braun and I did.

The lady in the looking glass

questions

 

Question 2: The unnamed narrator attempts to construct a portrait of the Isabella Tyson that consisits 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.

 

2) The narrator builds the inner and outer self of Isabella from the things and objects reflected in the room and in the garden. On the one hand, the inside of her is represented as an empty, dark room. In there, strange creatures and shapes danced through the joyless room. For example, there were “petals falling” and “ curtains blowing”, giving a gloomy atmosphere. On the other hand, her outer self is represented by a garden full of life and joy. It was full of colorful flowers and moving creatures.

 

Question 3:

What kind of contrast is there between the objects inside the house and outside the house, as they are reflected in the mirror?

 

3- The contrast between the inside of the house and the outside, allows the reader to see and compare this contrast to Isabella’s inner and outer self. In the inside of the house, we can see chaos, mess and a lot of creatures, showing how horrible and dark the inside of it is. However, the outside is still, quiet and colorful. This contrast which is reflected in the mirror can make us realize that Isabella’s inside and her mind was a chaos and a mess, although from the outside we could see calmness and that she seemed organised.

 

Question 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

 

4-By describing the mood inside the room, throughout the mirror, we can realize how Isabella is presented and described. The room, in the inside, is dark, spooky and with many creatures. Moreover, everything is a chaos and a mess, with chairs all over the place. We can compare the room with Isabella’s inner self and mind. Although she shows another thing in the outside(like the garden) we can see that in the inside her kind is a chaos. Her mind is reflected with the room and the inside of the house, by the mirror, showing a straight connection between them.

 

Question 6:

What material objects inside and outside the house does the narrator use to imagine Isabella’s life?

 

6) On the one hand, for her inner self the author chose to represent her with furniture Isabella bought during her various trips to foreign countries. For example, the “rugs, chairs, cabinets” that were afforded in the “most obscure parts of the world”.  the other hand, the main thing the author uses to describe Isabella’s outer self is the various types of colorful flowers, like “white and violet blossoms” and roses.

 

Question 7:

What are Isabella’s letters supposed to conceal, according to the narrator? What would one know if one could only read them?

 

7- These letters, at the beginning are supposed to be love letters from relationships, boyfriends and friends, who showed their affliction and care for her. They are supposed to be “appointments to meet”, “long letters of intimacy and affection”. She seemed to be a person with lots of bonds, and relationships, with a lot of friends who were constant seeking to reach her throughout numerous letters. Despite this fact, in the end, we realize that these letters were bills which she had been hiding, showing that although we saw in the outside a sociable and rich person(garden), she had a lot of bills to pay and no one talked to her. In the end, we understand she was lonely and not so sociable as we thought.

 

Question 8:

At the end of the story, according to the narrator, is it possible to know objectively one’s inner reality?

 

8) What the author tries to transmit with the story is that most of the times we have two versions of us: one that we show to everybody and is superficial, and other that is personal and its empty and dark. At the end, the writer shows it is possible to know one’s inner self, as there is an epiphanic moment in which she discovers “ she was perfectly empty”. This means she was dead alive, and had no purpose of loving another person, and she herself was able to discover it. She realised all the colorful flowers and life she showed to others didn’t represent her real self at all.

 

Find a picture of a room inside and a garden to illustrate the house in the story

Read the following text. How is this related to the story?

 

The main feature that relates it with the story is that the text presents two women who represent the two extremes of women stereotypes in the XXth century: the angel and the mad. In “The Lady in the Looking Glass”, these are represented through Isabella’s inner and outer self; one which is very joyful and colorful, and other which is dark and tactless. Moreover, the text deals with Women and their rights at the times when Virginia Woolf lived, and we can also say that the author of our story was on the “monster” side.

 

Trabajo práctico – Realismo mágico

Matías Ripoll

 

Realismo mágico – Del amor y otros demonios

Trabajo práctico

 

CITA:

Abrenuncio pensaba en el caballo. 

“Es como si se me hubiera muerto la mitad del cuerpo”, suspiró.

“Nada es tan fácil de resolver como la muerte de un caballo”, dijo el marqués.

Abrenuncio se animó. “Éste era distinto”, dijo. 

“si tuviera medios, lo haría sepultar en tierra sagrada”. Miró al marqués a la espera de su reacción, y terminó: “En Octubre cumplió cien años”.

“No hay caballo que viva tanto”, dijo el marqués”.

“Puedo probarlo, dijo el médico.

 

                 El Realismo Mágico es un género literario, que refiere y se hace presente en un texto en el que conviven armónicamente la magia y la fantasía junto con la realidad, sin perturbar a ninguno de los protagonistas. En este, el realismo es el que pone los límites mientras que la magia trasciende estos, mostrando hechos irreales que traspasan la realidad, pero sin perturbar a nadie y sin evadir la realidad(a diferencia de la fantasía). El género latinoamericano posee y contiene un componente utópico que a través de la ilusión, muestra una alternativa a la realidad opresiva, pero sin evadir la misma.

                 En Del amor y otros demonios, uno de los personajes más importantes y que más representan al realismo mágico es el médico Abrenuncio. El mismo, en varios casos, encarna ciertos hechos sobrenaturales.Por ejemplo, Abrenuncio, logró resucitar un muerto, luego de que nadie lo desmienta y usar una pastilla qe alargue la vida. La siguiente cita, muestra otra vez como Abrenuncio otra vez forma parte de un hecho mágico que trasciende los límites reales, pero sin evadirlos:

 

Abrenuncio pensaba en el caballo. 

“Es como si se me hubiera muerto la mitad del cuerpo”, suspiró.

“Nada es tan fácil de resolver como la muerte de un caballo”, dijo el marqués.

Abrenuncio se animó. “Éste era distinto”, dijo. 

“si tuviera medios, lo haría sepultar en tierra sagrada”. Miró al marqués a la espera de su reacción, y terminó: “En Octubre cumplió cien años”.

“No hay caballo que viva tanto”, dijo el marqués”.

“Puedo probarlo”, dijo el médico.

 

                  En la siguiente cita, podemos ver como Abrenuncio explica que el caballo “cumplió cien años”, hecho que trasciende los límites reales, ya que es absurdo pensar que un caballo logre vivir tanto. Así, podemos ver como el médico, que aunque debería ser aquel que desmiente cualquier hecho irreal con la ciencia, es aquel que defiende este hecho mágico. Sin embargo, por más irreal que sea, podemos ver como el marqués no se sorprende ni piensa que el mismo es un loco, es más, le pide que sea el médico de su hija. De esta manera, vemos la convivencia armónica entre el hecho irreal del caballo que vive cien años y el marqués que aunque desmiente lo que dice y no lo cree, lo acepta(hecho no evade la realidad ni perturba a los protagonistas). Así, podemos ver como una de las principales características del realismo mágico, el choque de culturas se hace presente. Esto sucede, ya que conviven armónicamente la medicina y ciencia junto con la magia y la surrealidad.

                    Además de esto, el médico explica que “si tuviera los medios, lo haría sepultar en tierra sagrada”, refiriéndose al caballo. Por más de que nos parezca absurdo creer que esto podría suceder en la realidad, tras la muerte del caballo, este es sepultado en tierra sagrada. También, al suceder esto podemos entender que tanto los protagonistas, como el presente del texto acepta que el caballo haya vivido cien años. Así, aunque los límites reales son traspasados, logran convivir armónicamente en el mismo texto con la magia, sin perturbar a nadie. Finalmente, podemos ver cómo las creencias del médico(sepultar al caballo en tierra sagrada) influencian al realismo mágico, haciendo que se acepte que el caballo haya vivido cien años, como Abrenuncio había explicado.