Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Tom C. Hunley (Director), David LeNoir, Ted Hovet

Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Arts


“Original Sin”—evocative and powerful words, but what if they were applied to one of the world’s most popular fairy tales? This thesis explores Snow White in the context of the Seven Deadly Sins and the grand fall of Adam and Eve. The forbidden fruit manifests itself in different ways, pulling the prim and proper princess into places she never could have imagined. But what of the Wicked Queen, here known as Lilith? She too feels the bite of the world’s sick sense of humor, exacting revenge on those who have wronged her. Are these poems about them? Or are they about the author? Perhaps they are both: the innocent children learn quickly of life’s cruelty, handling it with equal parts grace and selfishness. Dive into the minds of Lilith and Snow White as they explore what it means to be themselves in a world that doesn’t care if they end up happy.


Creative Writing | English Language and Literature | Poetry