Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Author

Cheyan Swan

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Lars Söderlund

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Abstract

Salem: The City of Fog is a speculative fantasy novel set in the American 1950’s, the plot revolving around the era’s heavy themes of conformity. The story is driven by protagonist Kella Flynn, a young woman trapped in a strict career and limited by a misogynistic society. She clings to safety in the face of a government and culture that would happily set her aflame for any misstep they can blame on “witchcraft,” and she is only to coaxed to act outside her own interests following unusual circumstances. While writing this novel, I set out to engage in critical discussions on activism and the many gray areas within it. When a world undoubtedly needs to change, as one powerful groups thrives off the exploitation of others, the activists within must question what counts as justice. Where do they, and we, draw that moral line?

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