Project 2 – The Spiderweb

Now I am in no ways an artist and would never try and take a chance on a project. This time I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and try to depict the entirety of The Dew Breaker and its intertwining storylines through drawing. Although I have never thought of myself as creatively inclined I will say that I am very proud of the work I did and the small meanings I put into each piece of the web.

I decided to draw a spiderweb and have each panel represent a chapter from the book so that you, the viewer, can see the seperate stories while still understanding how each of their lives touch each other. Now the spider that is hanging from the web represents Papa as the “web-spinner” of these peoples lives. He affected them in ways they don’t know. Now there are ten panels in the drawing and only nine chapters so I wrote the words of my favorite quote from the book “There was no way to escape this dread anymore, this pendulum between regret and forgiveness…” I thought this quote was very haunting in a way and summed up the feeling of the book perfectly.

In the fist panel is the chapter Seven. I drew the wife sitting by the window looking out at the city skyline, depressed, and listening to the radio alone. I made the silhouette and body of her fully black to emphasis the loneliness she is feeling especially since her husband is always away and she is in an entire new world. The second panel is depicting the chapter Water Child. I tried to show the scene where she looks at herself in the elevator and sees a life she could have had with a man she has lost. I drew this half and half version on her to show her loss of identity and personhood after the heartbreak, abortion, and the disappointment of her parents.

Following these, panel three is chapter The Book of Miracles. In this panel a church scene is present and a wanted note posted to a cross. The stark colors in this panel are supposed to show the fear that Anne felt when finding the wanted sign. She could see the erasure of the family she built from nothing. The Night Talkers panel shows the scene where Dany goes to extract revenge against the man he believes to have killed his parents, but something stops him. I find this part very interesting because even with all the anger from watching his parents die, his humanity took over and stopped him. He so easily could have gotten revenge for himself, but also for all the people who’s lives Papa has destroyed or ended. The Bridal Seamstress is the next panel and shows a bride walking down the aisle but dragging blood behind her coming from her feet. Beatrice told her story about when she was taken and whipped at the bottom of her feet and how that man still follows her. Its like she is leading him with the blood he drew that now forms tracks for him to follow.

If you keep going around you can see the stories from the chapters Monkey Tails and The Funeral Singer. In the Monkey Tails panel he has hung himself in replace of being taken by the government. You can see the struggle between life and power which is also a theme in everyones stories. In the next one the girl is singing for a funeral on one side and is drowning out the cry for help on the other side. The cry is coming from Rezia yelling for help when being assaulted. Crimes like assault especially against women gets covered up or drowned out. For the finale chapter I drew the cover of the book to bring together these peoples stories into one which is what Danticat did. Finally, I drew a story book with the first chapters title written across it, The Book of Ka. I did this to represent the story of her life only being a fraction in the greater scheme of things.

6 thoughts on “Project 2 – The Spiderweb

  1. Wow, this is great! It’s such a creative and unique project idea, I would never have thought to do anything like that. I am glad you were able to push yourself out of your comfort zone because the result is so amazing. You say you are in no way an artist but this is very well-done and artistic. I love that you split the chapters into each section of the web and that the visual shows the whole story of “The Dew Breaker” with such a clean and together composition. And the idea that the spider is papa because he is like the “web-spinner” of everyone’s lives is so cool. Awesome job, thank you for sharing this with us!

  2. I really like this, I think it is totally awesome. I like how you made each panel a different part of the book, and I think the art is really good. I like how you used the spider web to show the connection between each story, because in one way or other they are connected like a web, I think this was a really creative route. Before I even read what you wrote I looked at the drawing and could tell which story was which and how each drawing was something meaningful from each chapter. I am really happy you went out of your comfort zone for this project, because it turned out amazing!

  3. All I can say is WOW! I think you did a great job with this second project, and I think that you took a super creative approach. I think you planned out the spider web very well! You also did a great job with the writing aspect of this project, and really explained the division of your drawings in separate parts of the web. Really, really good job with this one. Im excited to see what you do next.

  4. This is amazing. The Dew Breaker was so amazing and I wish I could have put more time into reading/ annotating it than I did. Your project is not only really well done but it also helps me understand the book a lot more. I find it interesting (and brilliant) that you made Pa the spider, since he is the string that secretly connects all of them. This book was such a montage of interconnectedness and I think you did a good job showing that in your project. Humanity, life, and power struggles are so complicated. “I did this to represent the story of her life only being a fraction in the greater scheme of things.” Man, isn’t that true for so many of us? Like the characters in The Dew Breaker, we’re all just one small part of an enormous picture.

  5. This is excellent work! I think your drawings really capture both the literal and metaphorical proceedings of each story. I also think the spider web is an excellent metaphor for how each of these stories are unique but are definitely connected in some way. I wonder if the spider can even be representative of something in and of itself, perhaps American colonialism? Or the American perspective on Haitian culture? I don’t know, I don’t think that’s something you’d need to answer, I find pieces that leave me asking deeper questions like that are quite powerful. Anyway, great job with this piece! I think your idea is really original and is accurately representative of the themes and emotions connected to the literature.

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