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Edward Scissorhands Prompt


After watching the film, you will create a “poster” highlighting a Big Idea the film presents. You may work alone or with a partner for this assignment.



Thesis: all that follows must support your thesis:

Word Art (color and size to emphasize) 4-5 words

Three Character Development Statements

One Imagery Statement

One Symbol

Three Lit Terms



Graphic Organizer (T chart, Venn, Web, chart, etc.)

Hero’s Journey Monomyth Cycle


Board game (Life, Chutes and Ladders, etc.)

Character Map



Acrostic Poem



Theme: the central meaning of the work. At the center of your discussion is a theme. Select ONE theme to discuss on your poster.  Write a THESIS statement in the center and use graphically pleasing ‘pop-art’ words.


Topic Bank

1. Analyze the attitude the film takes toward suburbia.

2. Analyze how increased intolerance develops in the community due to gossip, innuendo, mistakes, and lies.

3. Analyze the progress from early interest in Edward to a desire to exploit his unique talents to fear and finally rejection.

4. Analyze the film's use of stereotypes in the story's presentation.

5. Analyze the progress of Kim's feelings and the changes she experiences in her relationship with Edward.

6. Analyze the role individuality plays.

7. Analyze the concept of being an outsider vs. insider.

8. Analyze the role conformity plays.

9. Analyze another theme of your choice.



How do the characters help develop the theme you selected?  Discuss at least THREE characters with specifics from the film to support your theme. You may mix and match, but here are some questions to get you thinking.

1 Describe the three female characters who play important roles in illustrating the mentality of the suburban community. In each paragraph, provide a description of the important traits of the character and come to an opinion about the stereotype that the character represents.

2. Describe the three neighborhood men who appear in the barbecue scene. What stereotypes are presented by each of these characters?

3. Describe the character of Peg as she is shown early in the film and how she begins to see things differently as the story advances. Write about how she looks, what she says, how she feels, and what she does.

2. Describe the character of Esmeralda. Write about how she looks, what she says, how she feels, and what he does. Pay close attention to how her words and actions add danger and fear to Edward's experience in the suburbs.

3. Describe the character of Jim. Write about how he looks, what he says, how he feels, and what he does. Pay close attention to how his words, his jealousy, and his intolerance endanger Edward.

4. Describe the character of Joyce. Write about how she looks, what she says, how she feels, what she does, and how her sexual frustration leads to danger for Edward.

5. Describe the character of the old inventor who created Edward. Write about how he looks, what he says, how he feels, and what he does.

6. Describe Edward, including his facial expressions, the colors he wears, his way of walking, his voice, and his affect.



Describe an image from the film that helps expand your analysis of the theme.


Here are some sample questions.

1. Write a description of the suburban neighborhood in which Peg lives and into which she brings Edward. Be sure to focus on the use of color and conformity in terms of lawns and the shape and size of structures. End with an opinion about the quality of the neighborhood.

2. Write a description of the interior of Peg's home. Evaluate the aesthetic quality of the way in which Peg's home was decorated.

3. Write a description of the castle from which Edward emerges into the suburbs. Begin with a distant look at the structure from the view of the suburbs and then describe details about the plants, the interior, the assembly line of robots, etc.



Symbolism: the use of an object to suggest an idea.  Select at least ONE symbol from the film, draw it, and then EXPLAIN how it helps understand your theme.



Evaluate the film's presentation of various literary devices used to unfold the story.  Select at least THREE of the devices from the list of literary terms. For example, evaluate the film's success as an allegory.


1. Allegory: the use of characters or events in an effort to make a connection to characters or events that occur in life; similar to parable or fable.

2. Anachronism: elements of scenery of characters that do not fit into the time period presented in the work.

3. Antagonist: the character or force in the story that works against the protagonist and is responsible for the conflict that drives the story.

4. Complication: an element of plot that bring more problems or erect barriers for the story's protagonist.

5. Denouement: the final unwinding of the elements of plot brought about by resolution.

6. Empathy: a feeling of identification with a character or a situation in a story.

7. Expository Phase: the first part of a story that introduces time period, setting, characters, and conflict.

8. Fantasy: the use of unreal situations, events, and characters in a story.

9. Flashback: returning to an earlier time in the story to reveal something important to understanding the overall meaning of the work.

10. Framework Narrative: a plot device that opens and closes with a narrator who is telling the story; the story is thus framed within the limits of the narrator's experience.

11. Hyperbole: exaggeration or overstatement for dramatic effect.

12. Imagery: the use of description or pictures that create sensory responses.

13. Irony: there are several types; all of them involve a difference between what is perceived or expected and what is intended. Verbal irony is a statement in which what is said is the opposite of what is meant. Situational irony occurs when there is a meaningful discrepancy between what is intended or expected and what actually happens. Dramatic irony occurs when there is a contrast between the reality perceived by one or more of the characters and what is known by the audience or the reader.

14. Lampoon: a satirical presentation of a character or a situation that holds the character up to ridicule or attack.

15. Metaphor: the comparison between unlike objects which equates one to the other.

16. Moral: the lesson learned through the resolution of the conflict in the story.

17. Motif: any repeated element in a work that points in the direction of a theme or that serves as a unifying agent.

18. Pathos: the quality in literature which stimulates a deep sense of pity, sympathetic sorrow, or tenderness in the audience or reader.

19. Persona: the role a character assumes in the presentation of the story.

20.  Point of View: the perspective from which the story is told; point of view may be omniscient or limited; it may be first or third person.

22. Protagonist: the central character in the conflict in a story with whom the observers' sympathies lie.

23. Tone: the author's or director's attitude toward the subject of the work shown through the pervasive emotion presented.

24. Magical realism is a fiction genre in which magical elements blend to create a realistic atmosphere that accesses a deeper understanding of reality.