Eye of the Beholder written response
Explore point of view beyond 1st/2nd/3rd person; give your students a chance to explore perspective of characters to the theme and action of the plot.
Students will consider several questions and themes, discuss their ideas with others, and createa written response.
"Eye of the Beholder" Written Response
Teachers will discuss the concept of point of view not in terms of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, but as perspective of the narrator or characters towards the action of the plot. A good bridge activity is "The Ugly Druckling" from the book Funnybone Books: Reading Skills: Chills & Thrills (ISBN: 978-0439437653) which will allow a discussion of traditional POV as well as a difference in perspective.
Before showing the target episode, review the student task and the expected outcome of the writing task. Students will not have to answer every proposed question; rather, they need to choose one question or theme to explore through writing in reference to the episode and their own experience.
Show Twilight Zone, Episode 42: Eye of the Beholder (air date: November 11, 1960). Synopsis:
A young woman lying in a hospital bed, her head wrapped in bandages, awaits the outcome of a surgical procedure performed by the State in a last-ditch attempt to make her look "normal."
Allow time to discuss and write after viewing the episode.
**The original black and white episode is truly the creepiest, best option to show. It allows a discussion of production & design, camera angles, directorial decisions, etc., beyond the themes and point of view.
Episode 42: Eye of the Beholder, November 11, 1960
As you watch this episode, consider these questions:
1. What is the meaning of beauty?
2. What is normal? How is normal created or defined?
3. Why is different bad or wrong? Why shouldn’t it be?
4. Why do many people want to be like everybody else? to conform?
5. How is the main character a flat character? Is her character static or dynamic? How/ why?
And, these are at least two themes suggested by the plot:
- True beauty comes from the inside.
- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
You will write a response answering and exploring one of the questions or one of the themes suggested by this plot. Your response should include details/ examples from the plot and from your own experience.
Choose and answer a question:
What details from the plot support your argument?
What details from your life or the real world support your argument?