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A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: English, Under the Supervision of Professor Jonis Agee. Lincoln, Nebraska: April, 2016

Copyright © 2016 Damion Meyer


For the soldier, the world moves differently. The normal rules of society, that he might otherwise be forced to adhere to, are fundamentally altered. It’s how the soldier responds to these altered rules that change his life forever. In the desert of Iraq, Sergeant Kyle Winchester is forced to relearn how he views the world around him, starting with his friends and extending out to the local environment through which he conducts his many missions. He is a leader, but it is a position thrust upon him prematurely. He must lead his men without knowing precisely how to do so, and his journey to experience will take him many places. This novel will explore the mechanisms of leadership, responsibility, and forced and artificial kinship in the life of an everyday American soldier.

Advisor: Jonis Agee