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The modern gothic
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Activity 3
DIFFERENTIATION



The modern gothic





Group 1: Edward Scissorhands

Scissorhands still

Group 2: Jack Skellington

Nightmare Christmas

Group 3: Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie
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You are in charge of one movie still.

1
What is it? What can you tell about the character and his origins?



2
Explain the differences between the character and his environment.



Useful vocabulary: Unlike... In contrast to...
As opposed to... It is different from...
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Let's talk this out!

GROUP WORK
MEDIATION

Share your findings and learn about the other characters.

3
What strikes you as odd in the pictures?


4
What is the effect on you? Discuss with your group.


Useful vocabulary: It is odd that... I find it...
It seems curious / peculiar / offbeat / outlandish...
It makes me feel... It appears to me that...
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Toolbox

Toolbox
  • cadaverous (adj.)
  • grotesque (adj.)
  • deadly /ˈdɛdlɪ/ / lethal /ˈliːθəl/ (adj.)
  • blades (n.)
  • leather (n.)
  • skeleton (n.)

Let's learn!

Chain speaking

List the characteristics of Tim Burton’s films into these two categories, and justify your choices.
In groups of four, speak in turn to share your findings.

Cartoonish elements

Fear factors

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Over to you!

Interview time

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

You are a journalist interviewing the director of one of these movies / series for a programme about gothic cinema and the promotion of their new TV show. Imagine the interview.

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