Committee Chair

Balázs, Thomas P.

Committee Member

Baker, Sybil; Cook, Rebecca

Department

Dept. of English

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

My thesis, Awakening, is a collection of stories that follows a set of protagonists seeking to discover or solidify their identities amidst challenging environments. All three stories feature protagonists struggling to come to terms with some shifting aspect of their character. In “The Great Secret,” the main character must struggle to define a romantic connection to a new friend in a world where revealing one’s biological sex to the public is expressly forbidden. The protagonist of “Awakening” is must change her identity after she is ripped from her former life and taken on an unpredictable journey. In “Family Portrait,” the protagonist tries to form a new identity separate not only from her parents but from their beliefs and lifestyle as well. These three stories are preceded by a discussion of different techniques authors use to create empathy for characters that are likely to be unsympathetic for one reason or another.

Acknowledgments

Thanks to Dr. Thomas Balázs, Sybil Baker, and Rebecca Cook for helping me with my stories.

Degree

M. A.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Arts.

Date

5-2014

Subject

Short stories; American.

Keyword

Awakening; Stories; Great; Secret; Family; Portrait

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

iv, 95 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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