Angelfall: Litspiration Challenge
Focal Point of Cover:
My Final & Finished Product:
The main reason why I chose this activity as my litspiration challenge was because of the major role that the angel wings have throughout the novel, Angelfall. Even by sparing a glance at the cover we are able to see that the main focal point is directly on the severed angel wings. Throughout the book there were many instances where Raffe and Penryn connect. An example of this would be on pg. 82. "He puts his hands below my feet, supporting and pushing me up until I'm securely on the brach. [I try to find a branch and] lower it to him to help him climb up. But before I can do anything he breaks off running.""Did he run to distract the dogs so I could be safe? Did he do it to protect me?". This one quote shows the evolving feeling that is starting to surface between the two. The one thing that really changes their connection, however, is the rules of the angels and the values of each character. Ee has developed both characters to be independent and strong; they rely only on themselves and they each hold heavy responsibilities. For Penryn this would mean her lunatic and crazy mother and her disabled, younger sister; and for Raffe this would mean his duties to the aerie. After crossing each others' paths, both strong-willed individuals are forced to depend on one another. A huge factor in this working relationship existed solely through the angel wings. Without the threats and blackmails that were originally conceived, the 2 characters would have parted long before they'd be able to grow a relationship. The connection between these two characters are dynamic and unique. Unlike most clique books, Penryn and Raffe show their emotions through their cold words and silent actions. A great example of this would be on pg. 182; "He shuts his eyes off from mine, [and whispers, I don't even like you". In this chapter we see the emotions stirring within one another. There have been many incidents where Raffe tries to distance himself away from Penryn due to the consequences of their forbidden love.
As well, one of the other reasons why I wanted to make "couple bracelets" was due to the ending of the novel. ""SPOILER ALERT**. "My sister is with us. Raffe is flying. Everything else is secondary. And for now, that is enough."(283) Although we learn that the two are separated, there will be everlasting memories that they share. I think that this physical object would help symbolize their relationship and the feelings that they have grown for one another.
Some of the things I considered/ Intentional choices:
1.) Materials (Hex Nuts+ Type of String):
When considering my materials I took into account the choices that Ee made with the setting and the overall living conditions that the civilians face. "The streets are deserted except for empty cars parked in every lane. The dying light washes the concrete and steel with graying echoes of colour." This description on pg. 3, shows the devastation and the lack of hope that the humans are facing. Even meagre amounts of foods such as energy bars are valued and are able to bring excitement and joy to the ones consuming it; "All our faces relax in relied as we bite into the crispy bar. Sugar and chocolate! Calories and vitamins."(6) As well, I focused my materials to be ones that were accessible in an office building. Through pages 22 to 51, Penryn and Raffe get to know each other and their basic interactions start to form. I thought this particular section of the book was really crucial to the development of their relationship because it was a part of their first impression. Ee talks about Penryn's feelings towards Raffe and the resentment that she feels; however as we begin to delve deeper into the novel we see her emotions evolve into lust and longing.
I thought that the string and hex nuts could've been found anywhere in the office building; making the materials easy for Penryn to craft. If I were to write this story I would've made a trinket, such as this one, to give to both characters. This object would become a reminder of their promises and connection that has evolved over the span of the novel and at the end, it would be a small piece of their journey.
1.) Angel Wings
I chose silver angel wings as opposed to gold ones due to the description of Raffe. On pg. 10 Penryn describes Raffe as "[the angel] with snowy white wings and light caramel skin". I thought that silver would better portray this image and make the relationship between the two seem more meaningful and realistic. For more information on the overall product, please look above at my first paragraph.