Discussion. Vocabulary. Carnival: . A travelling funfair or circus. Circus: . A travelling company of acrobats, clowns, and other entertainers which gives performances, typically in a large tent, in a series of different . ID: 149485
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The Butterfly Circus
A travelling funfair or circus
A travelling company of acrobats, clowns, and other entertainers which gives performances, typically in a large tent, in a series of different
A sideshow at a fair, featuring abnormally developed people or animals
An unusual or grotesque event viewed for pleasure, especially when in bad taste.
Perversion of Nature:
The alteration of something from its original course, meaning, or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended:
beautiful, elaborate, or extravagant; striking:
a physically disabled person,
one who is lame
a person who presents or produces a theatrical show,
8. Buenos Dias:
“Good Morning or Good Day” in Spanish
a small show or entertainment offered in conjunction with a larger attraction, as at a circus or fair
A man’s imperfections:
a man’s faults
performer who contorts his body for the entertainment of others
) a trapeze used in performing gymnastic displays high above the
Beauty from ashes:
A bird in Egyptian mythology that lived in the desert for 500 years and then consumed itself by fire, later to rise renewed from its ashes.
A protective case of silk or similar fibrous material spun by the larvae of moths and other insects that serves as a covering for their
The Painted Man:
The Limbless Man/Will:
Share out on each Key Question.
Just after he learns who the man with the hat is
Based on your observations of the “man with no limbs,” how does he feel about himself? Support your claim with evidence from the film.
“The greater the challenge, the greater the triumph
In what way are the ring master’s words, “The greater the challenge, the greater the triumph” surprising? How do you predict those words will affect the man without limbs?
Just after he celebrates on the log--having gotten up on his own
How does the man with no limbs feel about himself at this moment? How do you know? Use details from the film to support you claim.
After he is hugged by the boy on crutches… and the mom thanks him
In what way, has the man with no limbs become successful? Include discussion of his dive, the boy on crutches, his mom, and the circus ringmaster in your discussion. Refer to specific evidence from the film in your response.
At the end of the film...
1. Why does the ringmaster DANCE away? Justify your claim with discussion
of events throughout the text.
2. What does the butterfly symbolize? Use at least three pieces of evidence
from the film to support your claim.Slide6
Why is this movie called “The Butterfly Circus”?
Who was your favorite character, and why?
What did you think the first time you saw Will?
How did you feel about children throwing tomatoes?
Why did Mr. Mendez say, “You are Magnificent.”?
Why didn’t Mr. Mendez help Will out of the truck?
Mr. Mendez said, “There’s nothing inspiring about a man’s imperfections on display.” What did he mean?
Why did Mr. Mendez say to Will, “A man…whom God himself has forgotten.”
How do you feel about the quote: “The greater the struggle, the more glorious the triumph.”Slide7
Why doesn’t Mr. Mendez help Will when he want to cross the stream?
Why does Mr. Mendez dance away as Will talks to the children after the circus?
What was your favorite moment in the movie?
How does this movie inspire you?Slide8
Whether you think you can,
or you think you can’t ~
How does the film
illustrate Ford’s words?Slide9
How does our definition of ourselves
Butterfly Circus demonstrates that a positive definition of ourselves is empowering. Your task now is examine how you define yourself.
Can you (should you) improve your personal definition?
Decide on one small change you can make to your personal definition, one way your words will demonstrate personal kindness.
Make a commitment to that small change.
Finally, predict how this change might improve your success.