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Activity 5
DIFFERENTIATION


Is beauty in the eye of the beholder?




Text A
Text A
It’s all much worse for younger people. “They’re at a stage at which they’re trying to define themselves,” Dr Apter explains. “They’re trying out different personalities. There’s a dissonance between how they want to be and who they have tried to be. [...] They can’t escape selfies, and they feel they need ‘likes’, ‘retweets’ and ‘favourites’ on their pictures to feel that they are interesting. It is a terrifying thought that young people measure their self-worth in terms of ‘likes’ on their selfies, but it is a 21 st century reality. [...] Of course, it doesn’t outweigh the worries about negative body image and their wobbling sense of self-definition. [...] Rembrandt did a lot of self-portraits and he ended up as a hugely celebrated artist, so perhaps the selfie‑snappers of today will have bright futures ahead of them too.

“Why we really take selfies”, Radhika Sanghani, The Telegraph, 2014.
Text B
Text B
What’s that they told you
About a book & a cover?
Don’t judge so quickly,
Is it too much to remember?
‘Cause pictures lie,
you know.
I’ll show
it’s so.
Just give it one thought.

What’s that they taught you?
To revere a kind of beauty?
To paint on that pretty veneer
and try to hide whatever’s dirty?
Well, faces lie.
You’ll see
no sympathy.
Just give it one thought.

A Book and A Cover, Suzanne Vega, 1987.
Text C
Text C
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

Endymion, John Keats, 1818.
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Workbook p. 53

1
What type of document is it? What does it deal with?


2
How is beauty defined and by whom?


3
What is denounced about people’s appearances and self-images?

Useful vocabulary: Personally, I would say that...
According to me…
I suppose / I assume....

Let's talk this out!

GROUP WORK
MEDIATION

Share your findings with your classmates and learn about the other documents.

4
Compare and contrast the view of beauty and personality in the three texts.

5
How important is it to feel and appear beautiful? How much do you care about beauty yourself?

Useful vocabulary: While in text A, in text B,...
It is highly / rather important…
It matters / doesn’t matter a lot to me, because...
Unlike / contrary to…

Over to you!

No one is as they appear to be

Let’s use what you have learnt in
Activity 4
and or in
Activity 5
!

You have a friend or relative whose self-image matters a lot, and who post a lot of selfies on social networks.

You have decided to speak to them about the dangers of it. Imagine your conversation.
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