Four Students' Theses Selected for Commendation

Jacqueline Pisani
Every year, every member of the senior class writes a thesis of his or her choice exploring topics that range from politics, consumerism to the marginalized and misunderstood. Many subjects pose moral questions that impel us to confront unsettling truths.
The following students were selected for special commendation:
To Shelby Fairchild
For her energetic and passionate exploration of parallel dystopias in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Neil Shusterman's novel Unwind. The essay masterfully explores the ways in which fictional tales about controlling and commodifying the personal and reproductive rights of women and children highlight a variety of techniques used by actual oppressive governments in both the 1980s and 2000s, thus revealing an historical cycle of hypocrisy and repression.
To Vivian Goldstein
For her sophisticated discussion of the interplay between author, narrator and reader in David Levithan's The Realm of Possibility and Michael Cristofer's film Gia. By revealing the singular unreliability of each of these apparent authorities over the text, the essay ultimately acknowledges both the power and instability of language and perspective in any critical interpretation.
To Carolyn McCusker
Who described with insight and grace, the ways in which the treatment of cloned children raised for organ harvestation in Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Never let Me Go parallels the patterns and effects of contemporary domestic abuse.
To Noah Stanton
For her careful comparison of two Holocaust novels - Art Spiegelman's graphic novel Maus and Elie Wiesel's Night. Her essay revealed the universal challenges of understanding evil, and that despite differing presentations - narrative and illustrative - and differing perspectives - survivor and survivor's son - Weisel and Spiegelman both depend on similar metaphors to understand the brutality of the Holocaust.

Special thanks to the faculty advisors: Asha Appel, Meg Kasprak and Heather Wayne
 
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