Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2011

Abstract

For my AHS Capstone, I wrote two short stories, “Ilied” and “Eglantine Roses,” and an essay concerning meaning in fiction. “Ilied” is a surrealist story inspired by visual music animation. “Eglantine Roses” is a realistic story focusing on the friendship of two young women. My essay considers the viewpoints on meaning in fiction from both literary critics and successful authors of fiction. I find that a pragmatic author will not attempt to communicate a particular meaning to all readers. Rather, an author will deliver a general meaning that readers can interpret differently based on their varied backgrounds. Finally, I reflect on my own writing experience. I explain how revision played an important role in communicating meaning in my stories.

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