Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Max the Knife, Salesman
by MacKinder, Mark, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 16; 1486657
Abstract (Summary)

The screenplay Max the Knife, Salesman is a tragicomedy about a Chicago knife salesman who struggles with committing to a wife on life support, committing to a failing career, and committing two accidental murders.

The story's premise is that awareness leads to catastrophe, while its theme comprises the interplay of creative love and the awareness of the inevitability of death; both concepts found in The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm. Max the Knife, Salesman serves to challenge the idea of awareness equating with love, as a singular character haphazardly stumbles through events which lead to his own isolation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lane, Brian Alan
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American literature, Film studies, Creative writing
Keywords: Original writing, Screenplay
Publication Number: 1486657
ISBN: 978-1-124-28254-1
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