Award Date

1-1-1990

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Committee Member

Richard Wiley

Number of Pages

110

Abstract

These short stories are about people in conflict; the characters venture toward personal growth, struggle to improve family relationships, and search for a relationship with God or the cosmos. In the title story a lonely man take actions which cause his increased isolation. His shattered hopes induced him to abandon his newfound friend, a companion who might have added stability to his dismantled existence. The stories show the tension between the rational man and the religious zealot; religious individuals must discover that orthodox prescriptions cannot prevent one from experiencing the pain of life. The themes and characters in these stories are rooted in rural towns, steeped in provincial attitudes and concerns. This volume treats themes of isolation, longing, disillusionment, fear of the unknown, within a context of reflective living. These characters live deliberately, sucking out the "marrow" of life; they are characters who live simple, unglamorous, yet courageous lives.

Keywords

Light; Original Short; Stories

Controlled Subject

American literature

File Format

pdf

File Size

3635.2 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/uqwl-56we


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