Date of Award

Spring 2014

Thesis Type

Rollins Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies


Dr. Philip Deaver

Second Advisor

Dr. Eric Smaw


Bridges might be mistakenly called an ethnographic narrative, when it is in fact a collection of fictional stories that explore the experiences of people who want to escape their home countries. Scarlett’s effort to stray away from a Western outlook sets the tone for a dramatic journey into the past and across the globe. Demonstrating religious, ethical, and political elements, this novella illustrates that the human journey is difficult and challenging when faced with extraordinary situations. Furthermore, the impact of war, desiring to create a healthier life for our families, and the commitment we have to convince our fellow man that one should not be subjugated are themes threaded throughout the story. Further information will also be found from Plato’s Republic and Homer’s The Odyssey. In this brief note, I have given only a glimpse of the whole structure and arrangement.

Rights Holder

Jane Marie Curry