I chose Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, to use in my multimedia post. In the story, Ari struggles through pain, love, and isolation; however, later in the story, he unearths his identity and what he is worth. The envelope is a symbol in the story, and it relates to Ari’s actions and thoughts. He’s always too anxious to face the envelope, and it displays in his actions as well. He never opens up to anyone, and he doesn’t who he is; however, when he finally uncovers the envelope, Ari understands who he truly is, and what he loves. On the front cover, I chose to use a dark blue as the background, to signify that the world is so gloomy and daunting. Next, surrounding the envelope is a luminous glow. The light represents the importance of opening yourself up (and as a symbol, opening up the envelope), and how that can take you out of the gloomy and daunting world. On the back cover, I drew a dotted line leading up to a light in the bottom corner. The line represents a timeline of different situations Ari goes through, and how his brother’s envelope symbolizes that he’s too afraid to open up. In the end, the envelope reaches the light, and it is because Ari has finally learned his identity.
*All artwork done by me expect envelope*
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