Date of Award
Master of Arts (Writing)
School Of Language And Literature
Community Services, Education And Social Sciences
Dr. David Rossiter
Dead Man is a novella about four brothers. They live an unrestricted life until their mother decides that they lack fear and this lack could make their lives difficult when they are adults. To combat this, she recruits the help of another boy to create a sense of fear and threat that remains endlessly elusive, that will make her sons more wary and alert than she thinks that they would otherwise be capable of. Neuroses always seek their source and Dead Man explores this notion. The source of neurosis for the brothers in Dead Man is a real person; a real physical presence, and, like regular neuroses, it convolutes the characters' perception of their `place in the world'. Dead Man subverts the notion of neurosis by making the force of the ailment an actual physical being, rather than a misapprehension and projection. To represent the phenomena of neuroses, a non-linear narrative is employed in the construction of Dead Man.
Green, Anna, "Dead Man : And an accompanying exegesis: `Labyrinthine Modes in Dead Man and The Castle by Franz Kafka.'" (2006). Theses: Doctorates and Masters. Paper 67.