Unit 8
4 • Representation of self and relationships with others

Look at me now!

➜ How do your appearance and self-image mirror your personality?


  • fascinated / riveted /ˈrɪvɪtɪd/ (adj.)
  • myth /ˈmɪθ/ / mythical figure (n.)
  • one’s own reflection / image (n.)
  • parody (n.)
  • relationship / friendship (n.)
  • smartphone /ˈsmɑːtˌfəʊn/ (n.)
  • fall in love with (v.)

Echo and Narcissus, by John William Waterhouse, 1903, adapted by Dan Cretu, 2015.
Echo and Narcissus, by John William Waterhouse, 1903, adapted by Dan Cretu, 2015.

Me, my image and myself

  • seem / look + adj. (exp.)
  • appearance (n.)
  • looks (n.)
  • pose /ˈpəʊz/ (n. ou v.)
  • act as (v.)
  • appear as (v.)
  • look like / resemble /rɪˈzɛmbəl/ (v.)
  • pretend (v.)

  • check out (v.)
  • gaze at / look at (v.)
  • pay attention (v.)
  • scrutinize /ˈskruːtɪnaɪz/ (v.)
  • stalk / spy on / peep (v.)
  • stare at (v.)

  • arrogant / proud /ˈpraʊd/ (adj.)
  • artful / smart / clever (adj.)
  • deceitful /dɪˈsiːtfʊl/ / false (adj.)
  • shallow / superficial / vain (adj.)
  • true to oneself / authentic (adj.)

Me, my image and myself

  • self-centered / egocentric / selfish (adj.)
  • confident (adj.)
  • self-obsessed /ˌsɛlfəbˈsɛst/ (adj.)
  • self (identity) /ˌaɪˈdɛntɪtɪ/ / individuality /ˌɪndɪvɪdʒuˈælɪtɪ/ / true nature /ˈnɛɪtʃə/ (n.)
  • self esteem (n.) → opinion of oneself
  • self-image / self-portrait (n.)

  • actual / genuine /ˈdʒɛnjuɪn/ (adj.)
  • for real (exp.)
  • in the flesh (exp.)
  • one’s personality (n.)
  • one’s social self (n.)
  • profile /ˈprəʊˌfaɪl/ (n.)

  • alter / modify (v.)
  • comply with /kəmˈplaɪ/ (v.)
  • conform to / follow (v.)
  • contrast / differ (v.)
  • deceive / mislead / fool ≠ disappoint /ˌdɪsəˈpɔɪnt/ (v.)

Get ready!

Voir les réponses

a. Look at the picture. What is the effect produced? Why?

b. Do you recognise the character? What do you know about Narcissus and Echo? Search the Internet to find out more.

c. What is the link with social networks?

Watch this video entitled Aspirational. What strikes you? To which character do you identify the most?

Workbook p. 50

Let's learn!

Class reporter

Explain to a classmate as if he or she didn’t attend the lesson what it was about. Use ten words from the mind map.

Kirsten Dunst & fans - Aspirational.

Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

Your final project

Revisit Dorian Gray’s story.

Step 3

Speak about the dangers of taking selfies.
Activity 4
Activity 5

Step 2

Portray a self-obsessed person.
Activity 3
Voir les réponses

Discuss the brainstorming questions.
Look at the vocabulary boxes below.
Memorise as many words as possible.

a. Find derivatives from the word Narcissus and their meanings.

b. Imagine what Narcissus or Echo is thinking.

Read the idiom of the week below. With the photo and the note, guess its meaning.

Brainstorming question

How different can one’s self-image be from who one really is?

Brainstorming question

Does it show who you are?

IDIOM of the week!

Don’t judge a book by its cover

Don’t judge a book by its cover

Published in 1892, Oscar Wilde’s novel tells the story of a callow and decadent young man obsessed with his self-image, who trades his soul in exchange for everlasting youth and eternal respectability. His face remains young and beautiful whereas his soul becomes dark and evil. He is the perfect illustration of this idiom.

Brainstorming question

How important is physical appearance?

The Picture of Dorian 
Gray, Oscar Wilde, 
Barnes & Noble, 2014.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, Barnes & Noble, 2014.

On your way to the task - Step 1

Imagine the scenario of a movie based upon Dorian Gray.
Activity 1
Activity 2
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