Split Skin

Open Access
Mitchell, Samantha Rae
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Charlotte Amalie Holmes, Thesis Supervisor
  • Marcy Lynne North, Honors Advisor
  • thesis
  • creative writing
  • stories
  • split skin
This thesis consists of a compilation of short stories and personal essays in which characters—both real and imagined—explore questions of self and situation. Included are four works of fiction and one work of nonfiction. Each story has its own unique narrative arc, but all share similar themes: loss, guilt, redemption, a sense of time passing by without our permission. The characters thus laid out must come to terms with who they are and what they want. They must make compromises and reconciliations. They must, in other words, do the best with what they’ve got.