Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Date of Defense

4-21-2014

Graduate Advisor

Glenn Irwin, MFA

Committee

John Dalton B.A., M.F.A.

Steven Schreiner B.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.

Abstract

An Abstract on the Thesis of Donald Q. Counts Title: Lessons in Betrayal Each of the selected works in this thesis share one common element, as they attempt to explore the nature of betrayal as a thematic element, and each story depicts a different aspect of this theme. Cold Hearted is a coming-of age story, as a young boy discovers what it can mean when family cannot be trusted. Threads can be viewed as science fiction or magic realism, but at heart it concerns itself with a man whose own nature has led to time itself turning against him. Then the collection jumps back to a realist story with Sleepwalker, as the main character discovers how badly his own mind can work against him. Remnants shifts to a dystopian future as a man must decide to be true to his noble ideals, or give in to a more savage past. The last work is a unique form and genre, the first act of a screenplay, a format for story-telling that has its own set of rules and challenges. Omega Watch is only the first act of a super hero tale in which forces unseen turn against those trying to save the world.

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