Presentation Title

Therapy in Writing--"Those Who Kill"

Faculty Mentor

Michael Harnett, Patrick Egan

Start Date

17-11-2018 10:30 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 10:45 AM

Location

C301

Session

Oral 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

creative_arts_design

Abstract

Keywords: Arts and Humanities, Book and Paper, Creative Writing, "Those Who Kill," Mother, Daughter, Memory loss

Therapy in Writing--"Those Who Kill"

Words are beautiful creations that give people the opportunity to express themselves. When one experiences a loss, it is difficult to recover without an outlet for their overwhelming emotions such as: anger, sadness, or pain. Statistics show that writing is a therapeutic remedy, which reveals subconscious truth. I wrote a short story, “Those Who Kill,” with the intention of an underlying psychoanalytic message. This composition exploits a tense relationship between a daughter and her terminally ill mother. The daughter is an independent woman with a stable job who now is given the responsibility of taking care of her mother. The reader is intended to relate to the main character, Noelle, and the hardships that encompass caring for a person who is diagnosed with memory loss problems. The purpose of my writing is to portray the struggle of understanding my family, and mirror some of the harsh realities of watching a loved one wither away from a disease. I found myself angry at the world and my religion when my grandfather passed away in my 11th grade of high school. I did not feel that I could properly function. I found it difficult to reconnect with society and sympathize with the rest of my family. I had never felt such pure pain; my feelings almost destroyed my mental health until I began writing. The more I wrote, the more I realized how to heal from the longing in my heart. I wrote this story to connect to my mother on a psychological level; each scene in my piece is symbolic of a life-changing event that occurred in her life. I chose to write in my mother’s perspective to understand her process of coping with her own father’s death.

Summary of research results to be presented

I wrote a short story, "Those Who Kill," to cope with the loss of my grandfather. The story is symbolic of the hardships my family and I faced when my grandfather was diagnosed with ALS. The piece is about an independent woman, Noelle, who put her life on hold to care for her mother. Although my grandfather did not show the same symptoms as the mother in the story, the emotions I felt are mirrored through my writing.

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Nov 17th, 10:30 AM Nov 17th, 10:45 AM

Therapy in Writing--"Those Who Kill"

C301

Keywords: Arts and Humanities, Book and Paper, Creative Writing, "Those Who Kill," Mother, Daughter, Memory loss

Therapy in Writing--"Those Who Kill"

Words are beautiful creations that give people the opportunity to express themselves. When one experiences a loss, it is difficult to recover without an outlet for their overwhelming emotions such as: anger, sadness, or pain. Statistics show that writing is a therapeutic remedy, which reveals subconscious truth. I wrote a short story, “Those Who Kill,” with the intention of an underlying psychoanalytic message. This composition exploits a tense relationship between a daughter and her terminally ill mother. The daughter is an independent woman with a stable job who now is given the responsibility of taking care of her mother. The reader is intended to relate to the main character, Noelle, and the hardships that encompass caring for a person who is diagnosed with memory loss problems. The purpose of my writing is to portray the struggle of understanding my family, and mirror some of the harsh realities of watching a loved one wither away from a disease. I found myself angry at the world and my religion when my grandfather passed away in my 11th grade of high school. I did not feel that I could properly function. I found it difficult to reconnect with society and sympathize with the rest of my family. I had never felt such pure pain; my feelings almost destroyed my mental health until I began writing. The more I wrote, the more I realized how to heal from the longing in my heart. I wrote this story to connect to my mother on a psychological level; each scene in my piece is symbolic of a life-changing event that occurred in her life. I chose to write in my mother’s perspective to understand her process of coping with her own father’s death.