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Soundtrack Assignment: I'll Give You The Sun
Transcript of Soundtrack Assignment: I'll Give You The Sun
design by Dóri Sirály for Prezi
While Jude’s personality is seen to change drastically throughout the course of this novel, the personality that the reader is left with for the majority of the book is the complete opposite of what she had previously been. What Jude is finally shown to become though is a quiet, closed-off variation of the girl she once was; regretful of the things she had done out of anger or without thinking in the past - ruining many relationships along the way -and desperate to try and make things right with the people in (and missing from) her life. This causes Jude to separate herself from love and the life she once had, depending more greatly on the superstitions she had always sworn by in hopes of making things right in her life and erecting walls around her mind and heart in fear of the havoc that letting them down, being “that girl” again, and potentially falling in love could wreak on her life.
"I hate that I let you down
And I feel so bad about it
I guess karma comes back around
'Cause now I'm the one that's hurting, yeah
And I hate that I made you think
That the trust we have is broken
Don't tell me you can't forgive me
'Cause nobody's perfect
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, nobody's perfect, no
If I could turn back the hands of time
I swear I never would have crossed that line
I should have kept it between us
But, no, I went and told the whole world how I'm feeling, oh"
The Main Character's Personality: Jude
In creating this album cover, the main message that I wanted to get across was the ever-close and unbreakable bond between Noah and Jude. Even while they were not on speaking terms, Noah and Jude still worried for the sake and goodness of each other, oftentimes trying to "will" the other to talk to them with their mind.
Song: Nobody's Perfect - Jessie J
"So don't be waiting on a different me
you say it could get better but you'll never see
'Cause I see, the beautiful me
so when it comes down to it
I'll always have love for ya, love for ya
when it comes down to it
I'll always have love for ya, love for ya"
Song: Beautiful Me - Dappy
By: Jandy Nelson
This song represents Jude because it shows how she has done some things in the past, driven by negative emotions (ex. jealousy, anger, insecurity, etc.) and various events, that she is not proud of, and have resulted in the loss of trust or deterioration of many relationships. Much like the artist of this song expresses, however, Jude is aware of what she has done, the people she has affected and relationships she has ruined, and wishes to turn back time and undo many of the mistakes that have led her to where she currently is in her life. Knowing this is not possible, and that nobody is perfect, Jude simply settles for trying her best to make things right with the people she has previously hurt - even if it means sacrificing her happiness for the sake of theirs-, and apologizing for what she did, as her actions have also hurt and unsettled her.
A Secondary Character's Personality: Noah
The other main character in this novel, Noah, is depicted as the polar opposite of his twin sister Jude - shy, awkward, and resting comfortably in his sister’s shadow -, despite their close relationship and “shared mind.” While his sister has always been a crowd pleaser, Noah is oftentimes found faded into the background, choosing to sketch and communicate with the people and things around him through his art rather actually involve himself with them. This antisocial, or, in Noah’s words, revolutionary, behaviour has left Noah without many real friends for the majority of his life as “revolutionaries aren’t team players” and do not typically take a liking of, need, or get the company of others; also making him very naive and drawn towards anyone he feels does not show the usual “asshat” behaviour. As things happen in Noah’s life, however, and the bond between him and his sister is tested and starts to falter, it becomes obvious that Noah is seeking validation and acceptance from others, seen in how easily he falls for Brian and the freedom and immediate change that came with finding out that his art didn’t suck, and feels like he will never be accepted as he is.
The Setting of The Story
Geographically, and literally, speaking, this story takes place in the modern-day sunny state of California, United States, near envious beaches; oceans constantly littered with families, teens, and surfers of all ages; lush and colorful forests; and an abundance of cliffs and hidden, abandoned buildings. Like one would imagine, this location is also filled with the expected "surftards" and "Hornet Girls," or dudes and dudettes that typically come to mind when California is mentioned.
One of the first things this book describes to the reader is what kind of person Noah is (shy, awkward, artistic, and often ignored) as opposed to his twin sister, Jude, who everyone, including their father, seems to love and prefer over him. Despite this though, the two are still able to maintain a close, telepathic-type bond, often communicating with each other with not only words, but also looks, touches, and their thoughts. While Jude and Noah’s father has always favoured Jude over, and tried to change, Noah, their mother’s newfound and sudden affection for Noah - who shares the same passion and gift for art that Noah has - after a trip to the museum, and their forgetting about Jude at the museum, exposes hidden “rattlesnakes” and brings jealousy into their relationship; setting off a chain of detrimental events to come.
After the realization that her anger towards Noah and drive to keep him out of CSA were caused not by hate, but out of the yearning to have the same attention from their mother that she thought Noah got, Jude realizes that it is not too late to fix and make things right for her brother, though it may cost her, and chooses to offer her spot at CSA for Noah to take instead. To the reader’s surprise though, this sacrifice does not depress or sadden Jude, instead making her feel a sense of freedom and awakening that she had not previously for a long time. This reveal causes a chain of several others, with Noah coming clean shortly after about the source of his behaviour and what had really happened the night their mother died, and helps to undo the kinks that had once taken over their family.
Before reaching the point where they confess their long-kept secrets and are able to resolve everything with the newfound truths, Noah, Jude, and the people in their lives first reach the point at which they can no longer continue the way they are going about and have to do something to change, consequently changing the course of the story and gradually breaking down the built-up intensity. this story reaches its peak, however, when Noah discovers who Jude is mentoring with, Guillermo Garcia, and fears that everything he worked to keep a secret for years is unfolding. This fear grows even greater when Jude, attempting to apologize, texts Noah saying they need to talk, causing him to think that she has already found out and make the decision to attempt to take his life. He is stopped by Oscar, Jude's love interest, who shortly after discovers the truth about Jude and Guillermo, posing a larger threat to the confidentiality of the truth.
The messages that I feel author Jandy Nelson was trying leave with the reader by the end of this book are that the truth will set you free and to only do what feels and is right for you. This message is shown throughout the course of this book in the numerous troubles and issues that Jude and Noah’s family (and relationship) had to weather and how easily they were resolved when the truth finally came forward. The restoration of Jude and Noah’s relationship, the result of Jude revealing that nothing had actually happened between her and Brian, Noah revealing what their mother had actually been driving around to do the day she died, and Jude finally telling Noah that he had not gotten into CSA because of her actions, was one example of this theme. This book also told the reader that you should do only what feels right to you, shown through Jude, who was long unhappy with her position in CSA and finally felt free when she was able to admit that she had only wanted the position to be the center of her mother’s attention and gave it to Noah instead.
Song: Secrets - One Republic
"Oh, got no reason, got no shame
Got no family I can blame
Just don't let me disappear
I'ma tell you everything
So tell me what you want to hear
Something that will light those ears
Sick of all the insincere
So I'm gonna give all my secrets away"
Song: It's Not Right For You - The Script
"My head, my head is full of things that I should've done
My heart, my heart is heavy, and it sinks like a stone
She said, 'Is this the life you've been dreaming of
Spending half the day away from the things you love?
It's not too late to do something new.'"
My hands, my hands are scarred by things I shouldn't have done
My feet, my feet are weary from all the miles that I've run
She said, "Open your mind, take a look within
Are you happy with the world that you're living in?
If not, you gotta change what you do."
This song fits the resolution and moral of this novel because it tells of how we are only given one life and should not spend it rolling over the mistakes of the past. Instead, much like author Jandy Nelson pushes the reader to do, this song tells us that it is never too late for you to fix your wrongs and do what you feel is worthwhile and makes you happy. This song also tells of the happiness of finally admitting that you've gone wrong and are unhappy and taking steps to change your reality and and the impact you have had on others.
This song represents Noah, especially the relationship with his father, because it shows how there have been people in his life that have tried to change him or were disappointed in him because of who he was. In spite of this though, Noah has managed to remain true to himself, knowing that who he is now is who he needs to be and that changing himself for other people will only leave him void and unhappy, like it does at one point in this book. This song also showed how, while his dad had put him down and made him feel like he was less than enough for many years, Noah was still able to forgive him and understand that he still loved him though he never made it evident.
"I can't feel the way I did before
Don't turn your back on me
I won't be ignored
Time won't heal this damage anymore
Don't turn your back on me
I won't be ignored
I am a little bit insecure, a little unconfident
'Cause you don't understand, I do what I can, but sometimes I don't make sense
I say what you never wanna say, but I've never had a doubt
It's like no matter what I do, I can't convince you, for once just to hear me out
So I let go, watching you, turn your back like you always do
Face away and pretend that I'm not
But I'll be here 'cause you want what I've got"
Song: Faint - Linkin Park
This song represents the initial incident in this story (being/feeling forgotten, feeling like you are not good enough for someone) because it shows how Jude was (likely) feeling when her mother firstly ignored her for the majority of the trip to the museum to be with Noah instead, then forgot about her completely and left her at the museum. While this might not seem like much more than a mistake or misunderstanding, the feeling that she will never be able to interest or please her mother, and seeing the way her mother responds towards Noah, hurts Jude, as she feels that her mother will never look past what she cannot do and constantly brush her off. Refusing to be ignored and let this happen, however, Jude is driven into stubbornness and rebellion, running to boys instead (who likely provide her with the love she feels she is missing) and choosing to give her mother a hard time in hopes that she will see that something is wrong and try to see and fix where she went wrong.
This song embodies the climax of the story because it sows how someone can no longer live in their lies as the truth has already started coming out. While he does not initially want to tell Jude what happened, Noah sees how quickly all the current problems in their life could be solved if he were to come clean and knows that there is no one to blame other than himself for the way everything in the past few years has played out.
Song: California Gurls - Katy Perry
"You could travel the world
But nothing comes close
To the golden coast
Once you party with us
You'll be falling in love
Oooooh Oh Oooooh
Bikinis on top
We'll melt your popsicle
Oooooh Oh Oooooh"
This song represents the setting in this story because it shows the carefree behaviour that is apparent where Noah and Jude live. Like the song suggest, their neighborhood is an unforgettable place, bordered by beautiful, golden beaches and filled with an abundance of pretty women. It also hints at the nature at the people, who are, likely because they know they are, often very shallow and only looking for a "good time," rather than something actually meaningful or a true friendship.
Positive and negative space were used heavily in this design in terms of creating the two faces that also formed a lamp in the middle. This was meant to translate how, though Noah and Jude are different people, together they form one single image and add something that is previously missing to each other; which they often referred to as NoahAndJude. Leaving the space that formed the lamp white was also used to display innocence, as the bond that the two share came about when they were still young.
To show that they are still different beings, however, a unique "mind map" was drawn inside the two heads and represents how they still have their own interests, life, and voices.