Through the Looking-Glass

Written by Dallas Carver

For my creative product I attempted to portray a scene from chapter three, on page thirty-three. In this scene Anna essentially takes her first steps into prostitution when she catches a glimpse of Walter slipping money into her handbag after sex and does nothing to stop him, despite the alarm the gesture brings her. Originally, my drawing was going to have Anna looking at Walter’s reflection while he slipped the money into her bag. Instead, the reflection in the mirror features the paradise of Anna’s imagination, where she’d much rather be. The mirror that reflects this paradise is smaller to scale than herself, Walter, and the dark discomfort surrounding her in that room because it is no longer the reality of Anna’s life, no matter how she imagines it to be. I wanted to put more emphasis on what actually happening in Anna’s life, outside of her daydreams. In my piece,  Walter does not even have any distinguishing features because I was trying to portray him as sort of a shadow figure representing darkness. The drawing does not actually show him putting the money into her bag, but it does show his shadowy self standing next to the table where the money is sticking out of her bag. Next to him, on the wall, is one of the many clocks referenced in the novel. The clock marks just after three, and in that chapter she was “crawling up the stairs at three o’clock in the morning” to his flat(Page 32). The clock also symbolizes how the passing of time will only make it harder for Anna to get by; the older she gets the harder it will be for her to make a living off of just her looks. Although there is no description of a clock being in Walter’s flat, I felt it was still important to include in the drawing because of the negative connotations of aging reflected in the novel and how the idea of aging ties in with the repetitive clock references. The walls in the room are darkly coloured as an attempt to portray how Anna surrounds herself in dark thoughts and circumstances in London, contrast to the sunny beach we see in the mirror. Throughout the novel as her thoughts become increasingly grim and life becomes harder for her, she seems to be more detached from reality which is my drawing shows her facing away from Walter, and the rest of the ugly room. Not only did I try making the room seem drab by clashing randomly coloured furnishings, I filled in the tiles with an icky yellow-ish colour to express how Walter’s relationship with Anna made me feel about him. Specifically, I chose a snot colour because I find him absolutely gross. The way he acts and speaks with Anna repulses me, like watching someone dig for snot deep in their nose.

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One thought on “Through the Looking-Glass

  1. This is a wonderful drawing. You’ve clearly put a lot of thought into it. The details are terrific. I love the shadowy figure of Walter. I also love how she sees almost a portal to another dimension in her mirror. You’ve put a lot of thought into each detail, and it all works together to create a singular feeling. Your text, as well, shows a profound engagement with what’s going on in this scene. Finally, the comparison of Walter to snot is apropos. Great work.

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