Grandma's Funeral and Writing a Short Story

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Arts and Culture Management


Arts and Culture

First Advisor

Michael Henry


Comedy, Emotional balance, Factors influencing social behavior, Fiction, Humor, Short story, Decision making process, Value of humor


Grandma's Funeral follows Mary-Jane's journey through the evolution of emotional uncertainty while attending her grandmother's funeral. It explores humor in the context of loss through the dramatic pull between the tragedy of the setting and the character's humor. Mary-Jane's story gives insight into the way humor is intertwined with other emotions like guilt and love, and how that relationship affects the decisions people make in everyday and extreme situations. The corresponding essay on writing a short story discusses my writing and revision process, probes the value of humor and the genre of comedy in American today, and discusses what I learned about myself and my writing process during this project.

Publication Statement

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