Lesson 1 (from Introduction by Carlos Fuentes)
Introduction by Carlos Fuentes.
Early in his introduction, author Carlos Fuentes describes Frida's imposing presence, from "the dangling of her sumptuous jewelery" to "the laces, the ribbons, the skirts, the rustling petticoats, the braids, the moonlike headdresses opening up her face like the wings of a dark butterfly." In this lesson, students will discuss Frida's appearance.
1) Class Discussion: How has appearance influenced in our popular understanding of who Frida is (any idea students may have had about Frida before picking up this text)? How does Fuentes describe Frida's appearance? Why does he claim this is important? Does the importance he places on appearance seem fitting?
2) Class Debate: One could argue that describing Frida's appearance before discussing her art is giving it a great deal of importance. Divide the class in half. Have one half argue that this is important (perhaps siting that her appearance plays...
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