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Abstract

This short tale builds a world that attempts to reflect the barbaric tendencies of late capitalism. With inspiration from Chinese writer Lu Xun’s Diary of a Madman, which was inspired by works by the earlier Russian writers Leo Tolstoy and Nikolai Gogol, I chose to extend this narrative by taking up a stance critiquing society through the lens of a young girl who just can’t make sense of it. This tale fits neatly into the fairytale genre due to the traditional elements of magic and an imaginative protagonist. That being said, the story also attempts to break away from prosaic form in order to distinguish and escalate the primary conflict.

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