Title

Crime and Morality: The Role of Individual Circumstance in Creating Moral Boundaries

Date of Award

5-27-2015

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Arts and Culture

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Jennifer Itell

Keywords

crime and morality in fiction; morality and George Saunders; farce

Abstract

Character Research is a short story that explores a robbery at a grocery store through the eyes of both the perpetrator and the victim. By delving deep into two separate close third-person perspectives, the story is able to examine criminality through a subjective, individual perspective, instead of through Western society's traditionally held conceptions of right and wrong. The analysis essay investigates how criminality can be understood through a subjective, rather than an objective, lens, which is illustrated by short story fiction primarily written by George Saunders. The conclusions produced by the analysis essay encourage writers and readers to continue looking at conceptions of right and wrong through an individualized lens.

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