Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
T. Kim Trang Tran
© 2018 Emma M Elliott
I researched the history of emotional trauma and its portrayal in modern media and Shakespearean plays and created a film based on my personal experience with the topic. This film utilizes Shakespearean song and monologue from Hamlet and Macbeth to narrate the inner journey of a girl working through emotional trauma. We follow her as she feels the impact of her trauma in her body and as she tries to hide it from her friends and maintain a normal facade. This film does contain a fictionalized portrayal of an anxiety attack, so viewer discretion is advised. This project does not claim to be a comprehensive and complete narrative for anyone dealing with emotional trauma: it is a deeply personal experience and affects every person differently. I drew inspiration from my own struggles with emotional trauma for this film and the reflection of my experience that I found in these Shakespearean monologues.
Elliott, Emma M., "Damn Spot: Navigating Emotional Trauma in the Body" (2019). Scripps Senior Theses. 1252.