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Publication Date

Spring 2013

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English and Comparative Literature


Samuel Maio


Aestheticism, Women

Subject Areas

Gender studies


This work delves metaphorically into the objectification of women and their decline in value as they age under the male gaze. This is exhibited through the viewpoint of one male character, Adam. He believes that he is saving women from a fate of harsh judgment and mistreatment by killing them as they age and become undesirable. He thinks that he is offering them a better option because he is allowing their bodies to feed his roses, an age-old symbol of beauty that is often associated with femininity. This gives them the power to be reborn, not only as plants, but also to flower each spring, as opposed to enduring the long and arduous aging process that human beings must endure