Title

The Hill

Date of Award

5-31-2011

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Arts and Culture

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Andrea Dupree

Keywords

Academy; Air Force; Cadet

Abstract

The Hill consists of several vignettes introduced by a reflective essay. Centered on the protagonist James, a twenty-year-old cadet at the Air Force Academy in the early 2000s, The Hill is flash fiction inspired by experience. The first story, A Magazine, examines an unlikely reaction to recent public images. Avoidance establishes the setting of the Air Force Academy, and the stories Positive Memory and Volunteer define the main character. The Duke describes the main character's frustration with the system, while Service investigates his guilt and anger exploiting it. The story Saturday involves the stark contrast between Academy ideals and the reality of the world. The final story Alone, deals with the main character losing a classmate and friend.

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