Activity on The Open Boat

In the last Literature classes, we have been doing an activity about the story we read: The Open Boat. Here it is:

Study questions

  1. The oiler was the only one given a name (Billie) to show that he was kind of ignorant because Billie is an ordinary name which isn’t quite professional, the other members of the crew are called by their occupation which is rather professional and leave readers to assume they aren’t ignorant as they seem professional.
  2. This is because of Darwin’s theory in which he assures that the fittest survives. The oiler rowed all the way to island and he was exhausted so he gave up and drowned, nature had defeated him.
  3. The view of nature in the story is strong, able to defeat anyone and let anyone live. This is really clear when she makes the oiler drown and at the same time is able to free the correspondent from that dangerous wave.
  4. The view of men in this story is fragile and with no power compared to nature.
  5. The men in the boat relate to each other like brothers.
  6. The pattern I can find in the story is the one of the colors, gray, black and white. They are important in the story because it helps us know how the characters felt during the story. A repetition I can find in the story is the one of rowing and it is important in the story because it helps us understand how even though they worked a lot and really hard, they were never going to have more power than nature.
  7. A part in where the narrator intruded is in the part in which he explains how the characters thought that after all the work the did they didn’t deserve to drown in the ocean. I think it was effective because it helps us see what the characters felt.
  8. I think the ending of the story is truthful because after all the effort the oiler had done it was quite predictable that he would die before reaching land. Furthermore, as this is a story based in true facts, we know the oiler must have died in the story because he actually died. On the other hand, as this is literature, we can guess it also has an ironic meaning which may be that he “failed” because, as Darwin Theory explains, the fittest are able to survive. With this, he may mean that to get what you want, you have to take wise decisions (unlike the oiler did when trying to get fast to the shore instead of going slowly and near the dinghy). Moreover, when Crane says “In the shadows, face downwards lays the oiler”, he may have meant he gave up as facing down means, mostly something negative.
  9. I think Crane used that structure of Roman numbers to show that one wouldn’t mean anything without the others. Just as the men in the story, because if one of them was missing, the story wouldn’t make any sense as they would’ve instantly died. Furthermore, the men said there were 7 gods in the sea, and it isn’t quite a coincidence that there are 7 parts. What may have happened is that they believed each thing that happened in each part was determined by each god.

Pathways to interpretation

  1. During the Victorian writers wanted to display reality and this is what Crane did. Most of his stories has to do with people trying to win nature and not being able to and this is what happens in the open boat.
  2. What the historical context and the connection have to do is that during the Victorian period, when the story was wrote, a lot of writers including Crane start writing about naturalism, realism and how people can’t win nature and in the open boat that’s what happens, even though they try there’s no way they could win nature.

Patterns in The Open Boat

  1. Some uses and references to colors were:
  • Black: “… the land seemed but a long black shadow on the sea” With this, what Crane is trying to express is that the land seemed to be a dangerous, unsafe (like blurry, unclear) and that reaching there depended, mostly, in the sea.
  • White: “Slowly the land arose from the sea.From a black line, it became a line of black and a line of white…” With this, what Crane is trying to express, is that at first the place they wanted to reach was dangerous and that they were going to die before reaching that place. Nonetheless, then it turned out to be easier than expected.
  • Gray: “Gray-faced and bowed forwards…” This means that they did so emotionlessly, mechanically.
  • Gold: “Later, carmine and gold was painted upon the waters” This mean that at that point, they had gained (or at least they thought) courage over the ocean.
  1. The repetitions of the rowing passage meant, all in all, that although they tried really hard, they would never be able to overcome nature.


  1. Drowning is repeated many times because drowning is giving up or being defeated by nature. This is the situation in which the men were: about to be defeated by nature and with the chance of giving up which is also related to being defeated by nature.
  2. The oiler may have been called Billie to make reference to his ignorance as the name Billie is ordinary and not quite professional, furthermore the name Billie means protector and Billie died protecting his colleagues.
  3. Something which foreshadowed the oiler’s future was the poem about the soldier and how many times he said how exhausted he was.
  4. Some references to death in the story is black and the fear they had of being drown. Some references to dead sleep is when the correspondent falls deep in sleep because as drowning sleeping may represent giving up and when they gave up they died.
  5. At the end they aren’t interpreters as they weren’t able to understand what had happened as they were happy because they thought they had defeated nature and that was why they survived.
  6. Actually, the men in The Open Boat are spared by nature as she did whatever she wanted with them. She let some survive and left one dead.


Alejandro Magno

Hoy en la clase de historia, vimos algunos vidros acerca de Alejandro Magno y contestamos las siguientes preguntas:

  • ¿Cuando y por qué murió?
  • Murió a los 32 años en Babilonia durante una anarquía.
  • ¿En qué batallas estuvo?
  • En todas.
  • ¿Qué conquistó?
  • Conquistó Macedonia, las polis griegas, las costas palestinas, Egipto, Mesopotamia Asiática, Persia e India.
  • ¿Quién fue su sucesor?
  • Ninguno.
  • ¿Tuvo hijos?
  • No.
  • ¿Era temido o querido?
  • Temido.
  • ¿Quienes fueron sus padres?
  • Fillipo y Olimpia.

Biology Project – Results

After some weeks, we finished the Biology Project we had been working on. Here is the table of results:

Table of Results

I really liked this project as it was quite interesting having to take care of something. Fortunately, we didn’t have drawbacks at all and each one of us liked her role (I was the one who presented). The group I liked the most was Mora’s, Paz’s and Valentina’s because they seemed to be really interested and excited about the project.

I believe my self mark is 9.

La Atenas de Pericles

La última clase de historia vimos un video sobre el gobiernon de Pericles en Atenas. Luego, la profesora dijo que seleccionemos 10 frases que demuestren lo que habíamos aprendido y las publiquemos en nuestros blogs. Estas son las mias:

  1. Pericles creía que la mejor forma de dejar su huella era cambiar Atenas por completo.
  2. En el siglo V a.C, se construyó el Partenón, una de las construcciones más importantes de Grecia.
  3. Dentro del Partenón había una escultura de la diosa más apreciada: Atenea.
  4. Atenas era un núcleo comercial.
  5. Luego del Partenón, se construyó el Hefesteion, el cual estaba dedicado a todos los artesanos que hicieron realidad el sueño de Pericles.
  6. El Hefesteion se ubicaba en la entrada del Ágora.
  7. Cada año, 500 atenienses eran seleccionados para ser senadores.
  8. El sistema de gobierno era democrático.
  9. Los muros de las casas atenienses estaban hechos de adobe o piedra y reforzados con madera y arcilla.
  10. Pericles tenía una flota muy avanzada.

Hyperinflation in Germany

Today, in our history class, we had to look for a video which explained hyperinflation, inflation and hyper inflatio in Germany during the 1920s and explain why we chose it. Finally, we had to define inflation and hyperinflation. I worked with Carolina Cremona and Santiago Yezze.

This video contains the explanation of the terms we were asked about and the causes and consequences of inflation and hyperinflation in Germany. This clear explanation is what made us choose this video.

Finally, these are the definitions of inflation and hyperinflation:

Inflation: the rise of prices due to money shortages.

Hyperinflation: money becomes worthless and prices increase in an excessive way.

Dioses del Olimpo

En la clase de historia, nos asignaron un dios del Olimpo a cada uno y teníamos que investigar sobre el mismo. En mi grupo, investigamos sobre Afrodita y Hermes.

Afrodita: es la diosa del amor y la belleza. Su esposo era Hefesto (era muy feo y cojo), sus amantes eran Anquises, Dionisio, Adonis, Poseidón y Ares, sus hijos eran Anteros, Beroe, Deimos, Eros, Erotes, Hermafrodito, Armonía, Hímero, Yacos, Peito, Fobos, Potos, Príapo y Rodo y su rival la diosa Perséfone (la diosa del mundo subterráneo). Su mito de origen es que surgió de las olas del mar en un carro mientras todos los otros dioses admiraban su belleza y alegría. Además, sus padres eran Zeus y Dione.

Sus virtudes eran su belleza, su alegría. Sus defectos eran su rivalidad, que era infiel, vanidosa y vengativa.

Hermes: mensajero de los dioses (hijo de Zeus y Maya)
Él guiaba a las almas de los muertos hacia el submundo y se creía que el poseía poderes mágicos sobre sueño. Él también era el dios del comercio y protector de comerciantes y pastores. Era una divinidad de los atletas y protegía los estadios y los gimnasios. Se consideraba responsable de la buena suerte como el abundancia. A pesar de su características virtuosas, él también era peligroso enemigo, embaucador, y ladrón. Ejemplo: el día de su nacimiento robó el rebaño eso hermano (Apolo).

The Open Boat

In our Literature class, we started reading a story called The Open Boat. In this entry I will post questions and stuff related to it.

Part I

  • Make a summary (include the characters and setting)

The Story is about a cook, an oiler, a captain and a correspondent who are in a steamboat near Mosquito Inlet and they are strongly, but scary fighting against the waves, which are their main obstacle, while thinking where they should go.

  • Explain what is going wrong with the boat at the end of Part I.

The boat was fighting the waves while deciding where to go.

  • Find a picture of a steamboat (19thC) and check the parts of the boat.

Parts of a steamboat

  • Where is Mosquito Inlet?

Mosquito Inlet is located at the north pf Florida, USA.

Part II

  • What do the following words symbolize:

Black: sorrow, death, emptyness, destruction.

Dark: chaos,  the end of the world is forthcoming.

Ominous: portending evil or harm, forshadows evil.

Gull: communication, community.

  • What is the meaning of:

Sinister: threatening or suggesting evil, harm or trouble.

Gruesome: causing horror or disgust.

  • Investigate the Theory of «The Uncanny»

The uncanny locates the strangeness in the ordinary, disturbing the boundary between living and death.

Part III

  • Make a summary:
    • Include:
      • what happened
      • atmosphere
      • what you feel will happen next

What happened in this part is that they got to land. The atmosphere constantly changed from hopeless to hopeful and there’s a feeling of brotherhood. I feel something bad will happen in Part IV.

Part IV

Do research:

  • 7 Gods of the Sea
  • Poseidon: god of the sea, earthquakes, floods, drought and horses. 
  • Amphitrite: goddess of the sea, wife of Poseidon
  • Pontus: was the sea itself
  • Palaemon: was a child sea-god who helped soldiers in distress with his mother.
  • Phorcys: ancient sea god of the dangers in the deep
  • Triton: fish tailed sea god.
  • Nereus: old man of the sea and the god of the dead fish.
  • Theory of Determinism

All events completely determined by previously existing causes. Determinism is contrasted with the free will.

Part VII

In the ending, as Darwin said, the fittest survive and the weak die (the oiler).

The correspondent was able to survive as he could read life.