Master of Arts (MA)
Primary Subject Area
Burke, Identification, Novel, Qualitative, Survey
Watson, Paul Joseph, "A World with Two Moons: An Analysis of Reader Identification" (2010). Masters Theses. Paper 144.
Utilizing Kenneth Burke's theory of Identitification, this study seeks to understand if readers of a literary work of fiction were or were not able to identify with it according to the way Burke describes identification. The study uses Paul J. Watson's Protect: A World's Fight Against Evil as the literary work upon which qualitative surveys were conducted. Five general respondents and two expert readers took the survey, which asked questions regarding the novel. Through analysis and the comparing and contrasting of these respondents' answers, conclusions were reached in regards to whether or not identification occurred between the readers and the novel and whether or not readers identified with the author's intended central theme.