Balázs, Thomas P.
Baker, Sybil; Cook, Rebecca
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
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.
Thanks to Dr. Thomas Balázs, Sybil Baker, and Rebecca Cook for helping me with my stories.
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.
Short stories; American.
iv, 95 leaves
Ireland, Sarah Ellen, "Awakening: Stories" (2014). Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.