Allan, Elizabeth
George, James
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Master of Creative Writing
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Auckland University of Technology

The creative thesis Greyscale is, at its heart, an exploration of a conflicted marriage. The novel is set in 2036, when climate change has made conventional farming untenable and the New Zealand food supply is controlled by twin foreign conglomerates: Agranta in the north and Synfresco in the south. The protagonist and antagonist of Greyscale are executive managers at Agranta. Their character arcs therefore have ramifications for the entire country. Themes include environmental degradation, corporate fascism, human migration, fertility and eugenics. As such, Greyscale lands in the genre of dystopian future fiction, with the pace and tone of a psychological thriller. Colour – and its absence – is a primary motif. Will the future be brighter, or is our humanity fading away? The preceding exegesis, Like a Moth to a Flame, extrapolates on these features of the novel, with reference to literary theory and other creative works. The exegesis serves an additional purpose of providing insight into the author’s background and future intentions. The title is a reference to detrimental addictive behaviour. Some people stay in relationships that don’t serve them; many eat food that lacks nutrition and is damaging to their health. Moreover, insects such as butterflies are dying out at an alarming rate, while rainforests are burnt to make way for farms.

The hero's journey , Classical narrative structure , Dystopian future fiction , Feminist literature
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