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Lynne Marie Barrett (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Fred Chappell

Abstract: The four stories included in this thesis approach the same problem from different angles, use different techniques, and reach different conclusions. The solitude of the individual is the problem. Humanity has invented solutions as varied as social ritual, hard work, and the arts. People reach a world of answers, from refusing the question to exalting it. In the first story, "Hawaya," the character's isolation is physical and self-conscious, and her story is the most conventional of the four. "Hawaya" appeared in the Spring, 1974 issue of The Greensboro Review. "The Girl and The Cockroach" dabbles in fantasy, and I hope in comedy, one of the best solutions of all. In the last two stories, the individuals search within themselves, one reluctantly, one eagerly, for answers. Liberties have been taken with punctuation and tense to show that all the scenes exist within the mind of the character. Kate, in "The Palisades Glisten," finds she has chosen a preoccupation to keep from facing herself. In "To Carve Out Dials Quaintly, Point By Point" Macy wanders through the interior landscape of guilt, resentment, and coincidence, rejecting easy answers to the unanswerable "why?" of death.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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