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Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   Linking Genesis to Modern Castaway Narratives
Author:   Shawndra Kay Russell
College:   Liberal Arts
Degree Program:   English, M.A.
Degree:   Master of Arts
Committee Director:   Dr. John Young
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   08/05/2005

This thesis analyzes two castaway novels, Lord of the Flies and John Dollar, and compares these novels to segments of Genesis, focusing primarily on the story of Adam and Eve. To compare and contrast these three works, I pulled out eleven similar ideas found in each text which formed eleven different chapters. This project evolved into offering an alternative way to interpret these castaway narratives as retellings of the creation story. The characters in John Dollar and Lord of the Flies become Adam and Eve type figures as they try to survive on Eden-like islands. At the same time, this thesis shows how Genesis can be interpreted as the original castaway tale. This thesis also shows that each text contains the common theme of trying to understand humankind’s “natural condition”—our innate human characteristics such as our tendency to “fall.”  

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