2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Matthew Ashbury
Robert T. Topping
Dr. James D'Agostino, Faculty Mentor

I shall attempt to portray the life, thoughts, and actions, of Matthew Ashbury, a fictional pedophile. Essentially, the point of this creative project is to construct a fictional, would-be unbiased representation of the life of a social pariah. Without condemning or endorsing his (potential) actions as much as possible, most of the time we spend with Matthew consists of him internally debating whether or not to molest another child. However, the narrative is intermittently broken with brief visits to his past. We learn he has been imprisoned for molesting children, his name has been placed in the sex-offender's registry, and yet he is plagued by urges to molest again. The story then evolves into a study of the self-loathing and misery accompanied by sickness and extreme loneliness. Disclaimer: Although, I hope, tastefully rendered, the story shall be graphic and controversial.

Keywords: Fiction, Narrative, Short-Story

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 48-1
Location: OP 2117
Time: 2:45

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