"My project stems from the independent study I did with MAJ Atwell last spring where I learned more about fiction writing. It was during this time that I was inspired to take a closer look at young adult literature. I find this genre interesting not only because my own novel can be categorized as it but also because these books have had such an impact on younger generations. It is my hope that through studying this genre I can continue to improve my writing and better understand its influence on society."
"In my capstone project I explored how fairy tales might be beneficial to children by taking a psychoanalytic approach to literary analysis. Or in other words, I examined the presence of childhood psychology within Brothers Grimm fairy tales. To accomplish this I analyzed the classic story of “Hansel and Gretel” and the lesser known tale of “The Juniper Tree.” Through a close reading of these stories and the research of an Austrian psychologist named Bruno Bettelheim, I was able to draw a correlation between these storylines and their literary devices and the ego defense mechanism called “splitting.” My research revealed that fairy tales mirror a child’s psychological processes and help them to cope with real life problems."
"My project seeks to answer a fundamental question of virtue ethics, the tradition of ethical thought derived from Aristotle and the ancients and adapted into Christian moral theology. The question I am pursuing is of the nature of the virtues' relations to one another and how this is integrated with Aristotle's notion of the soul. Specifically, the project seeks to fully show how or why the virtues are hierarchized while also being, in some sense, unified. In order to pursue this question, I am analyzing Aristotle's ideas about "practical wisdom," or prudence, and the role prudence plays in unifying the virtues in the soul of the virtuous man. I am also drawing on Thomas Aquinas and Josef Pieper's adaptation of Aristotle to understand how this idea has been developed by other thinkers within the tradition of virtue ethics."
"This thesis came out my research interests in history and rhetoric. In my project, I conducted a rhetorical analysis of three speeches by Spanish fascist dictator Francisco Franco. I first detailed the historical context of the speeches, focusing on Franco’s identity as speaker, the composite audience he was addressing, and the events surrounding the Spanish Civil War. I identified three key recurring themes in all three speeches: the construction of enemies; the combination of nationalism and religion; and the emphasis on order and rule of law. I then examined several of the rhetorical techniques of arrangement and style Franco used to convey each theme and how he incorporated them into fascist rhetoric. I concluded that further analysis of fascist rhetorics is urgently needed as a means of countering fascism, with an emphasis on the conditions and emotions that make an audience see fascism as a viable option."