This file contains a series of activities to study the characters of the film El laberinto del fauno:
- Adjectives: match a series of adjectives to the main characters, then write a paragraph about each character using those adjectives.
- What’s in a name. Match the names of the main characters to their etymological origin and the characteristics traditionally associated to the name. Then reflect about the importance of this (if at all) in El laberinto del fauno.
- Independent research: research Hamlet’s Ophelia and see if any parallelisms can be established with El laberinto’s Ofelia.
- Translation practice: translate a paragraph that contains language and ideas form the previous two activities from Spanish into English.
Extension: write a similar paragraph about a different character.
- Independent research: find out whether any parallelisms can be established between Ofelia and Don Quijote, another famous character in Spanish narrative renown for his obsession with books.
- Characters and quotes. Find a quote (from the list provided) that summarises each character’s personality and/or attitude. Justify your choice.
- Role plays: three role plays based on the film.
- Relationships: reflect about the relationships amongst the different characters. A list of useful nouns is provided.
- Essays: two AS and two A Level essay questions about the characters in El laberinto del fauno.
- Checklist: A very extensive checklist for the students to reflect on AO3 and AO4 of their essays.
This resource now includes a presentation (Powerpoint and Notebook) to support the students, as well as a grammar workheet (five pages) to introduce the use of the subjunctive with verbs of desire).
PLEASE NOTE: this resource is part of a much more comprehensive and more detailed resource, the Pan’s Labyrinth Student Support Guide that can be found on this link:
The guide is over 70 pages long, and a free sample can be found here: