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Darkness Underneath is an exegesis accompanying my creative thesis, Darkness Within, a young adult novel about a group of people going through major life changes following the death of Violet, a young woman who committed suicide. Darkness Within is a character-based novel which explores themes including dysfunctional family, sexuality, suicide, societal pressures and expectations in the context of Thai culture. The novel is also a very personal piece of work. Therefore, in this exegesis, I would like to discuss the background and conceptualization of the important characters and also the influences behind the work which include literature, mainstream media, and general attitudes towards specific issues of Thai society.