It's been a while but I've resurrected this project. You help me and I'll help you! Edited on 3/14 at 553 PM
Coming of age refers to the adolescent’s transition into adulthood. For Clarke, it means discovering tangible proof that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. For Elijah, it means dealing with an acute onset of schizophrenia.
Classes, chapel, and Bible study comprise the academic demands of being a student at United Christian College (UCC). Clarke and Elijah are popular juniors who are at the top of their class academically while leading busy social lives. Both are comforted by knowing that when God is in control, success follows. Until, for the first time in each of their lives, they start doubting. It being with a stolen laptop. How could a true Christian steal, Elijah thought. How could a just God let this happen? It culminates to an in-class debate where the validity of Christianity and faith in Christ is challenged to the core. Doubt is natural though. It deepens your convictions. Or so they tell themselves. Yet they are both deeply unsettled, causing them to take action.
For Elijah, this means altering his way of life. He convinces himself that through fasting, isolation, and meditation, he can get closer to Christ’s mind. The closer he gets, the more twisted his own becomes. But it’s healthy to go weeks without eating, if it’s getting you closer to God. And auditory hallucinations are completely normal. What he believes is progress others see as his mental health crumbling. Clarke embarks on a journey to discover tangible proof that Christ is the Son of God. A theorem, or a philosophy. It must be possible. He discovers a Resonant Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation system, which can induce brief periods of savantism; the deepest level of autism where individuals have been known to learn new languages in a matter of days, or hundreds of digits of pi. Being a savant also comes with a price; the loss of motor skills. However, his priorities change as he finds that there are more immediate issues that demand his attention, especially realizing that his friend’s mental health is drastically declining.
DRAMATURGY is a psychological thriller and my first novel. It is complete at 80,314 words. Thank you for taking time and consideration.