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Book and screen corner
Activity 2

Book and screen corner

Group 1: Gatsby

The Great Gatsby, by Baz Luhrmann, 2012.

Group 2: Dorian Gray

Dorian Gray, by Oliver Parker, 2009.
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You are in charge of one poster.

Make suppositions about two of the following aspects: atmosphere, era, social background and main character’s personality.

Group 1
Dorian Gray: Why is his face split into two parts? What does each represent?

Group 2
Gatsby: How is Gatsby, the man in the center, related to the characters around him? What could the eyes with glasses behind Gatsby stand for?

Search the Internet to learn about the film and the book it is adapted from. Does it correspond to the poster?

Useful vocabulary:
The film was released on… It is based on ...
I think / I guess / I assume… As I see it… This may mean that...

Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with your neighbour and learn about the other poster.

Discuss both characters’ similarities and differences.

Imagine two possible endings to both books and films.

Useful vocabulary: To my mind / In my opinion…
Just like Gatsby, Dorian… Contrary to Gatsby, Dorian…


  • glitter and glamour (exp.)
  • evil /ˈiːv(ə)l/ (n. ou adj.)
  • appeal to / be liked by (v.)
  • appear as / seem (v.)
  • deceive / mislead (v.) → misleading (adj.)
  • hide / conceal (v.)
  • lie (v.) → liar /ˈlaɪə/ (n.)
  • play / perform a role (v.)
  • split personality (v.)

▬ Books Selection ▬

  • “The Oval Portrait”, Edgar Allan Poe, 1842.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, 1892.
  • The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson, 1894.
  • The Great Gatsby, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, 1936.

Let's learn!


In groups, each makes one sentence about this double page. Use one word from the toolbox. It is over when all the words have been said.

Over to you!

Multiple personalities

Let’s use what you have learnt in and / or !

You are a film director whose new film will be based upon both The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Great Gatsby.

Pitch your scenario to a group of potential producers. The class will then vote for the most original and personal approach.
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