Author

Evan Knott

Date of Award

2013

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Delyse Steyn

Abstract

Throughout the 150-year history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, hero stories in the Adventist Review have served an important role in conveying church doctrine and beliefs as well as communicating the principles of how good Adventists should behave. An analysis of the Review's storytelling of Anna Knight, Desmond Doss, and Ben Carson using Walter Fisher's narrative paradigm reveals that Adventist heroes are men and women who embody essential Adventist values. The qualities the Review presents as characteristics of Adventist heroes in the telling of these stories include perseverance, hard work, self-sacrifice, and unwavering faith.

Subject Area

Heroes, Heroes--Religious aspects., Seventh-day Adventist literature., Seventh-day Adventists--Publishing.

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