• Cover by Victor, Kim, Auriane & Cathy (Marx Dormoy)

    Cover by Victor, Kim, Auriane & Cathy (Marx Dormoy)

    Cover created by Victor, Kim, Auriane & Cathy.



    The Fifth Child

    This is our cover of The Fifth Child.

    It's a black and white drawing, which represents Harriet and David in front of an institution. Ben is nearly the door.

    At the top we can see the title of the book, written in bold letter. Below there is the name of the author: Doris Lessing.

    In the foreground, there are three caracters.

    In the bottom left hand corner, there are two shadows. Indeed, we notice that one is looking at the institution and the other is looking away.

    At the opposite, we can see a shadow of a child in front of a door: it seems that he is going in this institution.

    The mansion in the background is impressive, very high and dark.

    It's during the night and it's foggy.

    Firstly, the writting of the title give us a gloomy impression of the story, it makes us believing that it's an horror story.

    Moreover, the fog embodies the mystery of the atmosphere.

    Shadows represents the differents main characters of the novel. In fact we can see that David is not looking at the child, he seems not to care about Ben's leaving contrary to Harriet who is desperate, she seems to feel guilty because she has abandoned her son.

    We have noticed that in the book there is no chapters which permits to separate the different parts of the story but we can say that there are two parts; the first part is before the institution and the second is after. That's why we emphasize this transition with this drawing of the institution.


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  • Comments

    Claire M
    Wednesday 16th November 2011 at 14:39

    According to me their choice of cover is interesting and judicious. Indeed the scene in the institution is very important, suspenseful and with a strange atmosphere. It permits us to understand the deep feelings and thoughts of the characters that is to say that Harriet can't let Ben alone in this institution: she feels guilty, she wants to help Ben, she may be full of remorse whereas David doesn't care about the situation, he makes as if Ben doesn't exist. The scene of the institution is a moment in the story with suspense: if Harriet didn't come to the institution to come back home with Ben it was the end of the story and so Doris Lessing in this passage captivates the reader who doesn't know what is going to happen.


    Bouhlel Sonia Bouhlel Sonia profile
    Wednesday 16th November 2011 at 14:57

    This cover is for me interesting because the dark color represents the atmosphere of the novel.

    C.B. C.B. profile
    Wednesday 16th November 2011 at 14:59

    Ok Sonia, could you be more specific ^^

    Bouhlel Sonia Bouhlel Sonia profile
    Wednesday 16th November 2011 at 17:32

    The book it's a gothic genre and the colour using for this cover reflects this ^^

    Cassandra L
    Monday 21st November 2011 at 13:57

    I like very much, it represents exactly the atmosphere of the book

    Marco V
    Wednesday 23rd November 2011 at 16:23

    this cover is the best one we see all the atmosphere of the book it tells all we had to know before reeding the book


    Wednesday 30th November 2011 at 12:55

    I really like this covert but where are sibling ? it's will more better if they had the others children

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