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Design a book cover for the assigned novel, Wide Sargasso Sea.
After thorough reading and research on Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, I determined the main themes of this novel to involve voodoo, tragedy, and madness. The story is set in early ninteenth- century Jamaica near the Sargasso Sea, so I illustrated symbols native to the Sargasso Sea such as sargasso seaweed and a silver eel. I used dark purple, skulls, and potions to tie in the themes of voodoo. When taking the photos of this book cover, I was sent actual Sargasso seaweed from my aunt in Florida and used the sand from the volleyball courts at TCU to stage a beach.
This book cover is successful. The illustrations bring a modern take through gradients while incorporating the mystery of the Sargasso Sea. The illustration is powerful in that it is wrapped around the entire cover of the book. The photography is successful in that it mimics the beach where this novel takes place.