The Death of Hero’s Virtue

This illustration depicts the difference in treatment of Hero and of her virtue/honor. Those things are placed before her previous displays of honesty and her pleas that she is innocent. They are also placed before the importance of her life, as Leonato tells her to not live because her name and honor are ruined. Here, Hero does not have her own tombstone, only a sign that points to her remains, while her honor receives far more attention by the men in her life. There is a wilted rose next to it, emphasizing how much grief had towards the loss of her virtue than the loss of her life. In the play, the idea of virtue and status is more valued than individual lives; no matter what Don John does, he will always be reduced to a bastard; had Hero’s name not been cleared, this would have followed her in spite of events prior or since the blotching of her name.



This image represents Kate as she changes throughout the play. In the beginning, she was a shrew, a reckless wild animal that could not be controlled. In Act 4, she was “tamed” by Petruchio. While she became more ladylike and appealing, she lost her freedom. She is trapped in Petruchio’s cage. She went from a free shrew to a caged woman.


Gregor’s Deterioration

We chose to represent Gregor’s deterioration outwardly and inwardly through our two collages.

The first collage is a representation of his physical deterioration in his room through the the images of food and cleaning objects. The reality of him dying slowly is also mirrored by his inner turmoil as shown in the second collage. We chose to use the color pink to represent his love for his family despite their disgust towards him and the reversal of his role in the family with Grete.


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In our collage, we included multiple images that evoked the feeling of isolation and solitude to represent how Gregor felt, especially near the end of the book.   For example, the girl is swinging of a swing next to an empty swing, which seems sad and lonely.  Another image depicts a person standing by himself/herself, while a crowd stands a safe distance away.  The center image seems like a jail cell , where an old woman spends her last days alone.  The torn-up pieces represent how Gregor is viewed: not whole, worthless, and ugly.  We added a lot of white space to add to the feeling of isolation.


GROUP MEMBERS: Angelina Hoffman, Delia Cunningham, Michael Santomassimo, Thai Singer and Austin Zambito-Valente