Date of Award

5-2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

Program

Creative Writing

First Advisor/Chairperson

Matthew Gavin Frank

Second Advisor

Josh MacIvor-Andersen

Third Advisor

Rachel May

Abstract

This collection of essays seeks to examine, and comment on, the relationships in our lives: to ourselves, to family, to strangers, to the natural world around us. These essays interrogate, however inadequately, how we relate and what that relation means within the larger context of history and where it mixes with myth. Many of the pieces in this thesis fail in their goal to simplify the issues they examine, instead further conflating already complex events.

While each essay depicts actual events, I have given myself creative license to manipulate them with facts as a way to dig deeper into the meaning of our social interactions. The main text is structured into four sections that correlate to the collection’s title and the themes mentioned above.

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