My thesis, Souls, consists of six short stories. These stories are all related to one theme: communication. Souls is supposed to encourage the reader to ask themselves fundamental questions regarding human communication. How do we communicate? What do we communicate? And why do we communicate? Communication is one of the basic skills without which people could hardly live in their society. It is no exaggeration to say that no civilization would have occurred without people communicating with each other; No leader could have reigned over his people if he had been unable to convey his decisions, and no writing system would have been established if our ancestors had been reluctant to pass on their knowledge to their children. But what I wanted to depict in my stories is not communication as a means of conveying facts and stipulations; my thesis is not a piece of journalism. My stories are more about souls as its title reads, or spiritual and emotional sides of humanity. In my estimation, souls are an antonym for mouths. What a mouth says does not always correspond to what a soul is feeling. Besides, the noun soul can also mean a person. In other words, people not only have souls, but people are souls. And I decided to make it plural (souls) because each one of us has our soul. This collection is not only about me, nor is it about you. It is about everyone—men and women, neighbors and strangers, alive and dead. Everyone.


Geoffrey Herbach

Committee Member

Richard Terrill

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



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