Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - ECU Access Only


Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours


School of Language, Literature and Media Studies


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences


The main body of my thesis is a series of four character-based short stories, accompanied by a short critical essay. In these stories, I have created characters based on people that are often dehumanised in literature, the media or society, showing the humanity of each character and normalising a point of view that would usually be considered obscure. In creating these four short stories for my thesis, my intention was not to make any political or social comment about rape or disability or prostitution. My intention was to challenge the ideas that the reader might have about characters that are often stereotyped or simplified, and to create complex characters that reflect more accurately the difference and diversity amongst human beings. Each human being has their own diverse set of human qualities, and I hope this is reflected in the characters of these stories. In the critical essay, I will discuss how each character has been constructed to achieve this, how research has shaped this construction and how each story relates to, and has been impacted by, existing literature and other forms of media.