Always a Sentinel

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Arts and Culture Management


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Jennifer Itell


Disorder, Family, Hernandez, Hero, Journey, Post-traumatic, Stress, Veteran, Vietnam


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.

Publication Statement

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