Title

STOIC

Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2006

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Debra Marquart

Abstract

Stoic is a non-fiction childhood trauma memoir. The theme of loss is explored through the manuscript as the author delves into the family dynamics prior to a devastating car accident and the stark realities afterward. The mother is left a paraplegic as a result of the accident. The story takes place in the 1960s and early 1970s. This is one family's tragedy as told from a child's point-of-view. Set in a post-WWII suburban community, the comparison of relative prosperity and the loss of normalcy are detailed. The author incorporates both her Norwegian and German heritage as the family struggles to cope with an invalid mother. Issues of faith are interwoven throughout the text. Stoic is the story of a loving father and his four children as they care for a paraplegic.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-75

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Sharon Koelling

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1439889

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

134 pages

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