Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Kevin Moffett

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These two stories, written in first person, are two statements on the nature of self-love, romance, and loneliness. Embers voices a girl in a dying relationship as she tries to establish human connections before her best and only friend leaves the country. Crossing Paths is Jonathan’s beginning, an awakening triggered by a move to a new, uncanny and thickly forested environment. He begins the story as a grim, solitary figure, and through a gradual series of risks and victories, he succeeds in escaping his solitude and building a more complete life for himself. Though the two protagonists are separated my age, distance, and profession, the conclusions of both stories make similar statements with regards to the value of human connection, romantic and otherwise.


  • Best Senior Thesis in Literature

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