Title

Always a Sentinel

Date of Award

3-17-2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Liberal Studies

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Jennifer Itell

Keywords

Disorder; Family; Hernandez; Hero; Journey; Post-Traumatic; Stress; Veteran; Vietnam

Abstract

Always a Sentinel consists of a short story and two poems introduced by a reflective essay. The story and poems are about a son maturing in the shadow of a war-torn father suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); they explore the themes of conquering fear through love and embarking on a voyage of personal transformation during a trip to Vietnam. The reflective essay is an analysis of the process I engaged in to educate myself about PTSD, which currently affects my own father, and how I applied the narrative structure known as the Hero's Journey, a sequence of myth-inspired storytelling paradigms, in a fictional short story to reflect a son's quest to cope with his father's illness.

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