UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kermit Steve Turner (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Fred Chappell

Abstract: This thesis consists of four short stories that are related in subject natter and theme. Each of the stories presents a young person of rural or small-town Southern background struggling to come to grips with new experience and new values in the larger world of the mid-twentieth century. The first story, "Sunday Service," presents a teenage boy who, through exposure to unwholesome influences, is led into dishonesty. In the second story, "The Contract," another teenage boy suffers a moral defeat while working away from home for the summer. The protagonist of the third story, "In the Pines," is a country girl who, although she does not leave home, is brought to painful knowledge by outside forces that impinge upon her life. In "The Deserter," a somewhat older, more mature young man and his wife return to his parents' farm after several years' absence; during their stay the young man struggles to understand his past relationships with his parents and to accept his present life. The protagonist of each of these stories makes, in some sense, a moral contract with the world and with himself.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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