THE LURKING

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THE LURKING

The setting
Location: England

Island: Quaver Isle is a highly populated island in England.
Area: 380 km²

Region: South East England
Year: 1980’s
Season: fall

The setting of this story reflects the society’s dysfunction and obliviousness to mental illness and the roaming creatures that govern the world. The existing social problems and prejudices are trigger components to the story plot that influence the main character, Emory, to take action against the cultures’ corruption. She does, however, encounter difficulty while fighting to establish a world of awareness and control due to her own haunting anxiety.

The island is governed by roaming creatures of mental illness that latch onto the backs of their victims, thus provoking illnesses and disorders. These prowling creatures grip upon citizen’s backs and take most interest in those of high rank and authority. The government is infected by the creatures of mental illness, thereby impacting the order and management of the dictating system. Chaos and depression dominate society, which consequently corrupts the culture of all districts.

Considering the inadequate authority, addiction, obsession and violence is unavoidably rising. Laws are left unenforced and delinquents defy and obstruct without hinder nor consequence. Drugs poison the youth and injustice is accustomed to a considerable number of individuals. Many neighbourhoods are forsaken and businesses are forced to bankruptcy due to theft and poor economy. Concerned with the ravages of mental illness, Emory partakes in the war against illness and fights for a world of awareness and control.

Admittedly, the population is oblivious and unaware of the existence of these creatures. Though they may feel the heavy weight of illness fastened onto their backs, their ignorance prevails because of the prejudices against mental illness. It’s denied, unaccepted and shunned upon by society and this lack of awareness blinds the infected individuals. One cannot defeat what one cannot see. Blindness to the ravages of mental illness is also blindness to its cure. Emory is made aware of these social problems and takes action despite of her own humorously unnoticed illness.

The setting of this story displays a world without awareness or control. The atmosphere and setting shape the characters and the dysfunctional social problems caused by this environment trigger the plot of this story. Environment is crucial to one’s development; the core of one’s behavior and being is defined through their surroundings and experiences. Corruption is unavoidable in a world of chaos and disorder.

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The main character

Emory: Meaning bravery and power
Ogelsby: Meaning fearsome

Through a challenging journey against the creatures of mental illness, Emory faces inner conflict and, to her surprise, is made aware of her own lurking anxieties. Emory is an insecure, nervous, and reserved character that was raised by an acrophobic mother, for whom she had much empathy. She lives in a world where illness, syndromes, and disorders roam free and Anxiety , choosing her as its victim, latches heavily onto her back. Concerned with the ravages of illness and motivated by her love for Andi , a handsome influential young man. Emory partakes in the war against illness and fights for a world or awareness and control. This story is character driven and Emory’s multifaceted personality permit the story to be feasible.

The core of this character and her disorder is defined through her peculiar childhood. She was raised by an acrophobic mother who secured herself and her child into an isolated home. As a child, Emory was not exposed to the world beyond the confines of her home. She grew accustomed to routine, determinable outcomes, and familiar surroundings. Her mother passed away when she peeked her teenage years and she feels obligated to investigate the world that exceeded her predetermined concealment. Her recent exposure to common environments and interactions causes serious mental trauma, thus provoking an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are mental illnesses that cause irrational anxiety and fear. Anxiety is triggered by worrying about future events, and fear is a reaction to current events. This disorder harshly impacts Emory’s ideologies, way of life, and social skills.

Consequently, Emory finds comfort within a repetitive routine and minimizes social encounters to stabilize the level of anxiety. Emory is a pale, flustered, lanky young man that lugs her body heavily and tenses her shoulders as she walks to and from her prearranged objectives. She looks to the floor and avoids all eye contact to hide the fear she emits in her large fatigued eyes. She nervously stutters, fidgets, and sweats uncontrollably when faced with unexpected events or decisions. In memory of her mother, Emory is concerned for the ill and empathizes with them deeply. Though she may feel the heavy weight of anxiety fastened onto her back, she denies the presence of her own disorder entirely. Andi , a handsome, quirky, comical man, strategically aims to cure her blindness towards her mental illness.

Above all, it is Andi that directs the story and navigates Emory through the challenging journey against the creatures of mental illness. He gives her the courage and self-confidence she needs to overcome all the self-inflicted obstacles she is destined to face. Together, they spread awareness of mental illness and defeat its prowling creatures gripped upon citizens’ aching backs. The heavy weight of anxiety creates an endless struggle for Emory but her empathy for the suffering, as well as Andi ’s persistence, persuades her to push forward.

The character’s inner conflict is resolved throughout the journey with self-reflection, confrontation,
confidence, and acceptance. Emory overcomes childhood trauma by confronting the unknown that exceeds her previous concealment. Emory successfully faces oblivion and, to her surprise, discovers bravery hiding deep within herself. Many lives are saved as Emory fights for a world of awareness and control. The cure to mental illness is awareness because the unknown is undefeatable; one cannot defeat what one cannot see.

Symbolism of Andi

Andi: meaning freedom and independance

Emory’s internal bravery, portrayed as ahandsome influential young man.

Through a challenging journey against the creatures of mental illness, Emory’s internal bravery , portrayed as a beautiful influential woman named Andi, persuades her to accept and overcome her own concealed anxieties. Motivated by her love for Him. Emory partakes in the war against illness and subsequently conquers her underlying inner battles. The character’s inner battles are resolved throughout the journey with self-reflection, confrontation, confidence, and acceptance. Emory successfully faces oblivion and, to her surprise, discovers bravery hiding deep within herself.

Essentially, it is Andi that directs the story and navigates Emory through the challenging journey. Emory’s love for Andi symbolizes her deep desire to obtain personal bravery and strength. Andi is a handsome quirky, comical man that strategically aims to cure her blindness towards her mental illness. With surreptitious tactic and charm, Andi smoothly sways Emory into endless cooperation. Emory’s obliviousness and naivety creates humor and anticipation throughout the long journey towards awareness.

Indeed, there are many evident hints about Emory’s illness that are humorously unnoticed by the main character. Emory and Andi spread awareness of mental illness and defeat its prowling creatures gripped upon citizens’ aching backs. Within every encounter, the ill citizen attempts to alert Emory about her own creature hatched onto her back, but Emory’s ignorance prevails. Andi is the source of her strength and he provides her with the confidence she needs to confront and accept her own mental illness.

Emory conquers her underlying inner battles by accepting her lurking anxieties. She discovers internal bravery through a self-discovering journey towards a world or awareness and control. Her love for Andi slowly transforms into self-love and confidence. He slowly fades away as the story unravels and his influence as well as direction is gradually replaced by her leadership and determination. Bravery is only attained through fear; one is only brave when acting in spite of fear.



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